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Debuts aplenty at the MLS is Back tourney

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: July 15, 2020

It’s unclear just how long the MLS is Back tournament may last. With case counts rising in Florida and FC Dallas and Nashville out the door, the games are going on.

And for some teams, they are using the chance to see how youngster can do.

Through the first week of games, a handful of players have made their debut at the tournament. Cameron Dunbar earned a start for the Galaxy, and acquitted himself well in a 2-1 loss against the Portland Timbers this past Monday.

Running away with a comfortable 4-0 win, Columbus Crew SC subbed Sebastian Berhalter and Aidan Morris into the game with about 15 minutes left against FC Cincinnati.

Other young domestic players to make their MLS debuts the past week include Kevin Paredes (D.C. United), Jack de Vries (Philadelphia Union), Nico Lemoine (Houston Dynamo) and Jeremy Kelly (Colorado Rapids).

Through the first week of the tournament, younger players are getting a chance. Here’s a rundown of some of the other big moments for young, domestic talent from the opening round of games.

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