McKenzie Signs Homegrown Deal with Philadelphia Union
Jan. 19, 2018

Wake Forest Athletic Communications (@WakeMSoccer)

CHESTER, Pa. – Wake Forest men's soccer freshman Mark McKenzie signed a homegrown contract with the Philadelphia Union of the MLS, the organization announced Thursday evening.

McKenzie became the third Deacon to sign a homegrown contract this offseason, joining senior Kevin Politz (New York Red Bulls) and fellow freshman Brandon Servania (FC Dallas).

In 2017, McKenzie saw action behind multi-year starting center backs Politz and Sam Raben, playing in a total of 16 games with five starts. He helped anchor a defense which ranked fifth in the country in goals-against average and recorded 13 shutouts.

McKenzie begins his pro career with a wealth of international experience, playing with the U.S. U-18 Men's National Team in 2017 and also previously attending camps with the U-18, U-16 and U-15 National Teams.

"We want to congratulate Mark and his family on beginning his professional career," head coach Bobby Muuss said. "He has a bright future ahead and we certainly enjoyed the year we had with him. We're excited to watch him continue to grow as he heads to the next level."

McKenzie spent two years in the Philadelphia Union Academy, starting 26 of the 27 games he played in.

He is one of five Deacons to start their pro careers this year. In addition to signees McKenzie, Politz and Servania, Jon Bakero (Chicago Fire) and Ema Twumasi (FC Dallas) were selected in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft.