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Union Academy has fourth most players in national team pool

18 current and former members of the Union Academy have been called into U.S. youth national teams over the past year.

Rayshaun McGann
Matt Ralph

Youth national team call-ups seemingly happen every couple weeks for players in the Philadelphia Union Academy so it only makes sense that the club would have one of the largest pools of U.S. youth players in the Development Academy.

According to a recent article in, the Union have the fourth largest collection of players with U.S. team call-ups behind LA Galaxy, New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas.

The Union have had 18 current and former players called into U.S. youth national teams over the past year. Five other current players have been called into national team camps for other countries in the past year.

The list of players with national team call-ups in 2015-16 is below:

  • Sebastian Elney, Forward, University of Maryland (U20)
  • Sean Wilson, Midfielder, University of North Carolina (U20)
  • Auston Trusty, Defender (U17, U19)
  • Matthew Real, Defender (U18)
  • Justin McMaster, Forward (U18)
  • Yosef Samuel, Forward (U18)
  • Abu Winter, Forward (U18)
  • Anthony Fontana, Midfielder (U18)
  • Mark McKenzie, Defender (U18)
  • Kristopher Shakes, Goalkeeper (U17)
  • Michael Pellegrino, Midfielder (U16, U14)
  • Carlos dos Santos, Goalkeeper (U15, U17)
  • Rayshaun McGann, Defender (U15, U17)
  • Nykolas Sessock, Defender (U15)
  • Brendan Aaronson, Midfielder (U15)
  • Seth Kuhn, Midfielder (U15)
  • Issa Rayyan, Forward (U15)
  • Jack de Vries, Midfielder (U15)
  • Joseph DeZart II, Midfielder (Jamaica U20)
  • Jerren Nixon Jr., Forward (Trinidad & Tobago U20)
  • Chad Letts, Forward (Jamaica U20)
  • Jahmali Waite, Goalkeeper (Jamaica U17)
  • Aziz Saidi, Midfielder (Tunisia U17)