MLS NEXT Rising Star of Matchday 4: David Vazquez

A new star emerged in MLS NEXT Pro on Matchday 4 when 17-year-old David Vazquez sealed a 2-1 Union II victory over Chicago Fire II.

The strike was extra special, not only because it clinched Union II three points but it also marked the 1,000th regular season goal in MLS NEXT Pro history.

In a story with the Philadelphia Inquirer, David Vazquez talked about his journey from growing up in Los Angeles to landing with Philadelphia Union.

At a young age, Vazquez's displays on the pitch began to draw the attention of professional soccer clubs, including his family's favorite team, Chivas de Guadalajara, from Mexico.

But when David and his father lost their travel bags en route to Mexico for a trial with Chivas, Philadelphia Union seized the opportunity and offered an academy contract to the young forward.

This decision proved fruitful, as Vazquez became a crucial player in the title-winning MLS NEXT U-17 Union team in 2022, where he even scored the tying goal in the final.

His play on the pitch led Vazquez to be selected for the USMYNT team in the 2023 CONCACAF U-17 Championship, where he dished out five assists and helped the United States secure a place in the 2023 U-17 World Cup.

After Sunday's performance, Vazquez appears primed to have an impactful season in MLS NEXT Pro for Philadelphia Union II.