Philadelphia Union Officially Announce the Transfer of Mark Mckenzie to KRC Genk
After rumors were swirling of Union homegrown Mark McKenzie on the move, it has finally become official.
The transfer fee for this deal is reportedly 6 million dollars, which could make this transfer the highest ever in the MLS for a center back. This is the club’s second homegrown transfer to Europe following Brendan Aaronson to Red Bull Salzburg. McKenzie is coming off of his best season for the Union, as he finished as a finalist for the MLS Defender of the Year Award. Since debuting for the club in 2018, McKenzie has a total of 51 appearances. He will always be remembered by the Union for helping with their first ever trophy in club history. Here is McKenzie’s statement following the news of his transfer.
“Before working towards my goal of playing in Europe I remember sitting in the stands watching my home team, the Union, and hoped that one day I’d get the chance to play for my city in front of my family, friends, and fans. I am so thankful to have been given the chance to do so. I wouldn’t have gotten to where I am and have this opportunity to further my career without my coaches, my family, and the Philadelphia Union fans. I am so appreciative to everyone who has dedicated their time, knowledge, love and put their faith in me. I specifically want to thank God, my family, the club, and the city. The city and the Union will always be a part of me, and the future looks nothing but bright for myself and this club.”
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