Two of the youngest Homegrown signings in MLS history played key roles as the US U-17 national team pounded Portugal 7-1 in the Nike Friendlies in Florida on Wednesday night.
Atlanta United winger Andrew Carleton, who signed with the expansion team on June 9, had two goals and an assist while D.C. United d-mid Chris Durkin, who signed on June 14, captained the team from central midfield. Carleton's second goal -- a running, one-time left-footed volley to the back post that left the Portuguese 'keeper with no chance -- was particularly impressive.
Also starring for the Yanks were forward Josh Sargent of nationally renowned club side St. Louis Scott Gallagher, who had a hat-trick on the evening, as well as Toronto FC Academy product and TFCII regular Ayo Akinola.
Recent FC Dallas signing Bryan Reynolds, who is still just 15, saw action for the US as a second-half sub and picked up an assist on the final tally of the night.
The US next play on Friday when they host Turkey (7 pm ET; USsoccer.com).