Derrick Jones and Auston Trusty will be heading to Chicago next month to participate in a friendly against defending Liga MX U20 champions Chivas de Guadalajara on August 1.
The Philadelphia Union are one of only three teams with multiple players on head coach Brian McBride’s roster for the fourth Major League Soccer Homegrown Game.
The New York Red Bulls and FC Dallas each and Real Salt Lake also has two.
“It’s special to have them now get recognized for their actions on the field in MLS and in USL in the case of Auston (Auston also with the youth national team) and to represent the Philadelphia Union badge,” head coach Jim Curtin said.
The 18-year-old Trusty, who was part of the United States U20 World Cup team along with Jones, Adams, Glad and Lennon, has yet to make his first team debut, but Curtin said that isn’t indicative of his growth as a player.
“He happens to play a position that we have a lot of good players at,” Curtin said. “Elliott emerged, Gooch, you have Yaro, you have Richie Marquez who has played; they’ve all played a ton of games. He’ll be ready when he gets his opportunity.”
The MLS Homegrown Game originated in 2014. The first game ended in a scoreless draw with Portland Timbers U23. In 2015 the MLS team won on penalties after a 1-1 draw with the Club America U20s and last year the team lost 2-0 to the Mexico U20 team. Former Philadelphia Union homegrown midfielder Zach Pfeffer participated in the game the first two years.
2017 MLS Homegrown Team Roster
|GK||Jesse Gonzalez||FC Dallas|
|F||Andrew Carleton||Atlanta United|
|M||Djordje Milhailovic||Chicago Fire|
|D||Kortne Ford||Colorado Rapids|
|M||Paxton Pomykal||FC Dallas|
|F||Jesus Ferreira||FC Dallas|
|F||Bradford Jamieson IV||LA Galaxy|
|M||Ballou Tabla||Montreal Impact|
|GK||Evan Louro||New York Red Bulls|
|M||Tyler Adams||New York Red Bulls|
|M||Derrick Etienne Jr.||New York Red Bulls|
|D||Auston Trusty||Philadelphia Union|
|M||Derrick Jones||Philadelphia Union|
|D||Marco Farfan||Portland Timbers|
|D||Justen Glad||Real Salt Lake|
|M||Brooks Lennon||Real Salt Lake|
|F||Jordan Hamilton||Toronto FC|
|M||Alphonso Davies||Vancouver Whitecaps|