Who were the best young-player performers in MLS Week 19?
Ahhhh, Heineken Rivalry Week. That glorious period where the 7-0 woodshed whuppin’ wins taste even sweeter and the 0-3, ruined-banner-hoisting home defeats cut that much deeper.
2022 (Philadelphia): In 2022, Harriel made 25 appearances (20 starts) for the Union, totaling one goal and assist...Earned a spot on the MLS TOTW 3 bench...Named to the MLS Team of the Week (Week 4)...Registered his first assist of the season against Portland (5/22)...Scored his first MLS goal against ATL (8/31), becoming the 10th homegrown to score for the club.
2021 (Philadelphia): In 2021, Harriel made six appearances (two starts) for the Union...Signed a pre-contract with Philadelphia Union on July 17, 2020, that became effective on January 1, 2021...Registered his first assist for the Union against FC Cincinnati (Oct. 9)...Made his first postseason appearance against Nashville SC (Nov. 28)...Made his first ever postseason start against New York City FC in the Eastern Conference Finals of the Audi 2021 MLS Cup Playoffs (Dec.5).
2020 (Philadelphia II): Harriel was a mainstay on Philadelphia Union II defensive back line, making 13 appearances (13 starts) and adding an assist in 950 minutes...Harriel recorded his first career assist for the club against Hartford Athletic (Sept. 30)...The Union traded a 2021 MLS SuperDraft first round pick to Orlando City SC in exchange for Harriel’s Homegrown Player rights, and on July 17, Harriel signed a pre-contract with the Philadelphia Union that would take effect on January 1, 2021.
2019 (Philadelphia II): Harriel made 23 appearances (12 starts) as an amateur for Philadelphia Union II, logging 1,897 minutes in USL Championship competition...Harriel made his debut appearance for Union II in a start against North Carolina (March 16).
Harriel has made multiple appearances with United States Youth National teams. He has been called up to U-18, U-19, U-20 and U-23 teams, earning six appearances across the four teams. In his most recent appearance with the U-20 team, he netted his first youth national goal in a 2-2 draw during a friendly against Mexico (Jan. 18, 2020).
Harriel spent 3 years (2015-2018) with Chargers Soccer Club based out of Clearwater, FL. He played with the U-13/14, U-15/16, and U-16/17 squads. He made 92 appearances, 71 starts, and scored 21 goals in his time with the club. After his move to Philadelphia Union Academy in 2018, he made 13 appearances for the U-18/19 squad, starting 12 of those games and scoring one goal.
ACQUIRED: Philadelphia Union signed defender Nathan Harriel as a Homegrown Player on July 17, 2020, that became effective January 1, 2021.