Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty Earn First-Ever United States National Team Senior Call-Ups
Pair of Union Homegrown defenders to join USMNT for annual January camp;
Camp includes friendlies against Panama and Costa Rica
CHESTER, Pa. (December 20, 2018) – In conjunction with U.S. Soccer, Philadelphia Union announced today that Homegrown defenders Mark McKenzie and Auston Trusty have been named by the U.S. Men’s National Team for call-ups in advance of the team’s upcoming January Training Camp, which runs from January 6 – February 3. The camp includes friendlies against Panama (January 27) and Costa Rica (February 2).
This is the first-ever senior call-up for both players. McKenzie (Bear, DE) and Trusty (Media, PA) both made their MLS debuts this past season; the former is the youngest player on the full USMNT roster for this camp and both players are among a group of six called up today who are age-eligible for the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo.
McKenzie has previously featured for the U.S. Under-20s, recently winning the 2018 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, scoring goals against the U.S. Virgin Islands (November 3) and Suriname (November 9) in the group stage. He started the first match of the qualification stage, vs. Costa Rica (November 16), in which the U.S. won and clinched a berth in the 2019 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
In the Semifinals, vs. Honduras (November 19), he started and served as captain in a 1-0 win. He also started the final vs. Mexico, a 2-0 win (November 21) that saw the USA repeat as CONCACAF U-20 champions. He has previously earned caps for the U-18s, while also attending camps for the U-16s and U-15s.
Trusty has also featured for the United States U-20 National Team. He was named to the roster for the 2017 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, where he started the final match of the Classification Stage against El Salvador (March 3), a 2-1 win for the U.S. that guaranteed them qualification to the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup. He came on as a second-half substitute in the final of the competition, which the U.S. won in penalties.
He made his first appearance at the 2017 U-20 World Cup by coming on as a substitute in the Round of 16 vs. New Zealand (June 1), scoring a goal as part of a 6-0 win. In doing so, he became the first active member of Philadelphia Union to score a goal at a FIFA World Cup (senior, U-20, or U-17). He also came on as a late substitute in the Quarterfinal match against Venezuela (June 4). Previously, he was a part of the U.S. U-17 squad at the 2015 FIFA U-17 World Cup.