Mark McKenzie

Philadelphia Union

Player ratings: Philadelphia Union 0-2 Orlando City

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Spoiler alert: NOT GOOD!

Focus on Fafa, building on positives at Curtin’s presser

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Jim Curtin spoke about controlling play with passing out of the back, Keegan Rosenberry's good form, and the impending return of Fafa Picault at his midweek presser.

The focus is on defense during Curtin’s press conference

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Jim Curtin's weekly press conference included updated injury news and a lot of talk about the Union's teenaged defenders.

It’s Matthew Real’s time to shine as injuries hit the Union’s back line

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With injuries hitting the Union's defense, Jim Curtin spoke about Matthew Real's role going forward at his weekly press conference.

Brotherly Game Daily Links 1/12/18

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Philadelphia Union News

Report: Mark McKenzie to sign homegrown deal
Bear, Delaware native spent the fall at Wake Forest.

MLS News

Report: LAFC close to signing Steven Beitashour
The MLS Cup-winning fullback would be LAFC's second free agent signing.

12 players with ties to the Union called into U.S. youth summit camp in Florida

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Mark McKenzie, Anthony Fontana, Matthew Real, Justin McMaster and eight current academy players received invites

A dozen players with ties to the Philadelphia Union are among the 153 players heading to Florida next week for a United States youth international camp for players across the U16 through U20 teams.

News roundup: Zack Steffen fires Columbus upset over Atlanta, Garber on Columbus move

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Downingtown's Zack Steffen played the game of his life before a record crowd in Atlanta, MLS commissioner weighs in potential Columbus move, more on Roland Alberg's potential transfer to Bulgaria, more news.

Mark McKenzie named to United States U18 roster for Slovakia Cup

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Philadelphia Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC defender one of 23 players on U.S. roster

Philadelphia Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC defender Mark McKenzie will be traveling to Slovakia later this month with the United States U18 team for the Slovakia Cup.

The Bear, Delaware native who is committed to play at Wake Forest University this fall, has made two starts this season for Bethlehem Steel FC and has a goal in nine appearances this season for the Union U18 team.

New away kit, a Union trialist, league news, more

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Union unveil their new away kit. Bild reports Faf Picault trialing with the Union.

Brendan Burke on Bethlehem Steel lessons learned

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Bethlehem went from being a mid-table team getting hot in July to a 12-game season-ending winless streak. Head coach Brendan Burke talked to PSP to reflect on the season, the lessons learned from it, and how that could impact Bethlehem going forward.

The next wave of potential Union Academy breakthroughs

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Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones blazed the trail. Now PSP's Tim Jones takes a look at the wave of Philadelphia Union youth prospects bubbling up through the academy to Bethlehem Steel.

Union bits, Bethlehem’s first league game tonight, big night for US, more

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No Union game this weekend but there's plenty more soccer on tap.

Carroll back for 2016, international spots, striker depth, Marfan signs with Sounders, more news

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Carroll re-signs for 2016. International spots and striker depth. Former Union man Michael Farfan signs with Seattle. More news.

Pfeffer bids farewell, more from the draft, Curtin on Edu and Fabinho, more news

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Pfeffer thanks Union fans. Curtin on Edu and Fabinho. Four Union Academy players called up for US U-18 camp. Locals selected in NWSL draft. More news.

Union will host Seattle in USOC final, Bone loaned, Union Academy USBNT call-ups, more news

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Seattle thump Chicago 6-0 to set up US Open Cup final against Union at PPL Park. Corben Bone loaned to USL PRO's Hammerheads. Union Academy players get US BNTs call-ups. Suarez ban upheald. More.

Matt Real

Match Report: Bethlehem Steel 0-2 Tampa Bay Rowdies

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The Tampa Bay Rowdies were the better team on the night, defeating Bethlehem 2-0 in spite of stellar play by keeper John McCarthy.

Youth development 2018-style: “Once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.”

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PSP has learned new things that reflect the Union's commitment to youth development broadly defined, above and beyond what we are all seeing this preseason.

USL - Bethlehem Steel FC

The Real, McKenzie signings’ implications for the Steel

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While Bethlehem will need to sign another player to replace Matt Real for practice and to fill its minimum USL roster, recovering McKenzie back into the defense on game days plugs a significant hole with a proven USL player since both men are likely to play their games with the Steel next season.

Who’s ready to jump from USL to MLS?

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PSP analyzes which of the Bethlehem Steel's players might be ready to jump to the Union first team.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel FC 2, FC Cincinnati 0

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Bethlehem picked up their first win since July off the back of a Seku Conneh brace.

Match report: Philadelphia Union 3-1 Bethlehem Steel

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C.J. Sapong scored twice, but Bethlehem held their own for much of the match in their final USL season tuneup. PSP has a match report.

Match report: Bethlehem Steel 1-1 Harrisburg City Islanders

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A hybrid side of Steel professionals and Academy amateurs holds Harrisburg City Islanders full preseason squad in the wind in Wayne.

Match report: Bethlehem 0-2 Orlando City B

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Bethlehem closed their season Sunday with another loss and failing to qualify for the USL playoffs.

The “McKenzie Rule”? Hopefully not

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A head injury to a teenage Union academy player in Sunday's Bethlehem Steel match silenced and scared observers. PSP continues to roll out its new Bethlehem Steel FC coverage with a look at the head shot that knocked out Mark McKenzie -- and how people reacted.

Bethlehem’s core works through a fluctuating roster

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Bethlehem Steel FC's roster fluctuates from game to game due to loans from Philadelphia Union, but that hasn't stopped head coach Brendan Burke and his core from competing and building chemistry. New PSP contributor Tim Jones explains how.

Philadelphia Union Academy

41 players with ties to the region in D1 NCAA Tournament field

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The College Cup will be played at Talen Energy Stadium December 8 and 10

While a local team will not even have a chance of making a run to the College Cup at Talen Energy Stadium this year, there are still a number of players with ties to the area who have a chance to come home for college soccer's final four next month.

Mark McKenzie & Brenden Aaronson make Development Academy Best XIs

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Philadelphia Union Academy U13 coach Kevin Coleman also recognized at DA awards banquet

A trio of Philadelphia Union Academy representatives were honored at the U.S. Soccer Development Academy awards banquet in Carson, California on Thursday night.

Brenden Aaronson and Mark McKenzie were both named to Best XIs for the East Conference in their respective age groups and U13 head coach Kevin Coleman was the East Conference coach of the year at the U13 level.

Seku Conneh

An assessment a little past midseason: Bethlehem Steel FC

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PSP analyzes why the 2017 version of the Bethlehem Steel is better than that of the previous year. There are three clear reasons.

Today’s Union Lineup

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Should Jim Curtin use tonight's USOC match against Harrisburg judiciously to experiment?

Match Report: Toronto FC II 0-1 Bethlehem Steel

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The Steel travelled to Toronto and earned three points. After converting an early penalty, Bethlehem's stout defending sealed the game.

Justin McMaster

YSC Academy seniors announce college choices

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Union-affiliated YSC Academy announces its seniors' college plans, and 100% will be playing soccer somewhere.

News from Union training camp, BSFC schedule released, HCI’s new home, more

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Pontius eager for fresh start. Conceicao has good first day. Fernandes sharpest. BSFC home opener April 3. HCI has new home. More news.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Union Academy draws Colorado Rapids in first GA Cup match

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The Union picked up one point for the regulation draw, but missed a chance to earn another point when they fell short in the penalty shootout.

The Philadelphia Union Academy opened their 2016 Generation adidas Cup campaign with a scoreless draw against Colorado Rapids on Friday in Frisco, Texas.

BSFC friendly a preview of future ACC match-ups

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Three ACC-bound players from the Philadelphia Union Academy featured in Bethlehem Steel FC's friendly against ACC team Syracuse on Sunday.

While Sunday's friendly between Bethlehem Steel FC offered a first glance for fans of the new USL club, it was also a sneak peak for college soccer fans of some future match-ups in the always powerful Atlantic Coast Conference.

The Rest

Matt Real, Mark McKenzie heading to Spain with United States U20s

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Training camp will run through March 28

Mark McKenzie and Matthew Real are heading to Spain to take part in a United States U20 training camp that runs through March 28.

McKenzie, of Bear, Del, and Real, of Drexel Hill, were among 25 players called up for the camp, which will include matches against France and Atletico Madrid's U21 squad.

Concussion – What is to be done?

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Concussion is a tragedy waiting to happen in professional soccer. This year U. S. Soccer should have extra time to focus on the problem.

Local Soccer Notebook 6/9/17

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Young goalkeepers from the area recognized, college schedules released and more

Matthew Real (Drexel Hill, Pa.) and Mark McKenzie (Bear, Del.) graduated on Friday from YSC Academy since they will be away on international duty and miss graduation with the rest of their class on June 15.

Four Academy players training with U.S. U18 team

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Matthew Real, Mark McKenzie, Anthony Fontana and Justin McMaster were among the 36 players called in for the first U.S. U18 training camp of 2016.

New United States Under-18 head coach Omid Namazi included four Philadelphia Union Academy players in his first roster since taking over the job earlier this month.

Another Union Academy defender commits to Wake Forest

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Mark McKenzie will be joining teammates Joseph DeZart and Matthew Real at the ACC school in the fall 2017.

Another Philadelphia Union Academy college commitment, another ACC school.

U18 defender Mark McKenzie verbally committed to play college soccer at Wake Forest University, where he will join teammate Matthew Real in the fall of 2017.