Seven homegrown players from six different Major League Soccer clubs have earned Best XI honors after the recently-concluded 2022 Concacaf U-20 Championship in Honduras, per the federation's release Monday.
The group includes four players from the United States and one apiece from the Dominican Republic, Guatemala and Mexico. The US, unsurprisingly, have the largest contingent after booking dual-qualification to the 2023 FIFA World Cup in Indonesia and the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris. Head coach Mikey Varas' team also won a third straight Concacaf U-20 title.
Here’s the full XI, with the MLS-based honorees bolded:
- GK: Christopher Brady (United States)
- D: Jalen Neal (United States), Aaron Zuniga (Honduras), Antonio Leone (Mexico)
- M: Edison Azcona (Dominican Republic), Arquimides Ordonez (Guatemala), Paxten Aaronson (United States), Quinn Sullivan (United States)
- F: Marco Aceituno (Honduras), Esteban Lozano (Mexico), Angel Montes De Oca (Dominican Republic)
Azcona was one of the leaders of the Dominican Republic's history-making team that qualified for both the 2023 FIFA U-20 World Cup and the 2024 Paris Olympics. The Inter Miami CF homegrown attacker scored the game-winner in the 5-4 Round of 16 win versus El Salvador and then the crucial 2-2 equalizer in the semifinals versus Guatemala.