- Position Defender
- Number 4
- Date of Birth Feb 25 1999
- Hometown Bear, DE
- Height 6' 0"
- Club Philadelphia Union
Player Bio - Mark McKenzie
U.S. National Teams: Captain for the U-20 MNT at the World Cup … Nominated for 2018 U.S. Soccer Young Male Player of the Year … Called up to the senior MNT for its annual January camp at the start of this year … Started six games for the U.S. at the 2018 Concacaf U-20 Championship, helping the U-20s win their second-straight confederation title and earning tournament Best XI honors … Led the USA’s stout back line at the tournament, which allowed just two goals over eight games while recording shutouts in the qualification stage matches against Costa Rica and Honduras and the final against Mexico … Scored four goals in the tournament, including a brace against the U.S. Virgin lslands … Made his U-20 debut against France in March 2018 … Appeared with the U-18 MNT throughout 2017 and 2018 … Played with the U-16 Boys’ National Team in 2015 and the U-15 BNT in 2014 … Earned his first Youth National Team call-up in 2013 with the U-14 BNT.
Professional: Signed with the Philadelphia Union as a Homegrown Player on Jan. 18, 2018 … Enjoyed a breakout season for Philadelphia in 2018, playing a key part for the team’s back-line … Played 20 league games and logged 1,719 minutes for the Union last season, helping the team clinch the Eastern Conference’s sixth and final playoff spot and starting the team’s lone postseason match … Helped Philadelphia to the U.S. Open Cup Final, going the full 90 in three games, including the Final … Selected to the 2018 MLS Homegrown Game … Made his MLS debut on April 14, 2018 against Orlando … Before joining the Philadelphia squad full-time, played two games in 2018 with Bethlehem Steel … Prior to signing with the Union, played in nine matches over 2016 and 2017 for the Steel.
College/Youth: Played one season of college soccer at Wake Forest alongside U-20 MNT teammate Brandon Servania … Helped the Demon Deacons to an ACC title and the NCAA tournament quarterfinals, appearing in 16 matches … Named to the ACC Tournament Best XI after helping Wake Forest to the tournament title … Played with the Philadelphia Union in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy for the majority of his youth career … Earned East Conference U-17/18 Best XI honors in 2017 … Started with the club at the U-10 pre-Academy level … Prior to joining the Union, spent time with Delaware Rush and the Wilmington Rangers … Started playing soccer at age three.
Personal: Full name is Mark Alexander McKenzie … Loves to learn languages, play piano, travel, swim, watch sports and play basketball … Played basketball from middle school to his freshman year of high school, often captaining the team … Ran track in middle school, picking up a gold medal in the 100-meter dash at state, plus medals in the 200-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay … Father, also named Mark, was born in Jamaica and moved to the U.S. after high school, playing soccer in college. He currently teaches high school and college classes … Mother Lynette ran track and danced in high school, currently works as a property manager … Sister Madison dances competitively in tap, hip hop and contemporary … Favorite soccer player is Virgil Van Dijk … Lists LeBron James as his biggest athletic inspiration … Greatest soccer moment thus far was winning the Concacaf final against Mexico … Favorite movie is Bad Boys, favorite TV show is The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air … Loves to play FIFA and NBA 2K … Enjoys listening to Drake … Favorite foods are sweet potatoes and ham … Describes himself on the field as “a leader, calculated and powerful” … Describes himself off the field as “charismatic, confident and compassionate.”