Academy notebook: Clean sweep for Union over weekend, words of wisdom and more

Our weekly roundup devoted to the Union's youth system

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Greg Carroccio

Another strong week on the score sheet for the boys of the Union Academy as all three divisions celebrated wins over the weekend.

For the U18s, it was a 4-1 win in their third match of the developmental academy season second stage. Matt Greer netted two and the team also received contributions from Doyle Tuvesson and Neicko Williams, the latter who opened the account in the 17th minute.

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Prior to the season, U18 coach Peter Fuller told philadelphiaunion.com that in this phase of the season it was important that players continue to recognize the play steps before it actually develops and that it was important for high pressure play to last a full 90 minutes.

On Saturday, Fuller and his coaching crew received that en route to a great win heading into a pair of back-to-back games this weekend in Richmond, Va.

The 16s held on to win 2-1 in its match, getting a goal from Derrick Amaniampong and Morgan Hackworth, son of Philadelphia Union first team manager John Hackworth. Two weeks ago, it was Hackworth who played a full 90 during a closed door scrimmage against Harrisburg at PPL Park.

Nice to see the soccer pool runs deep in the Hackworth family.

The team also won without talented forward Andrew Aprahamian, who liked first team midfielder Maurice Edu was called to the international level. Last week, Aprahamian was called into U.S. Soccer’s March training camp for the U15 boys team. It’s been quite the month for Aprahamian, who also was one of the boys who traveled in the academy’s recent trip to Qatar.

Not a bad life for a 15-year-old.

Moving on to the U14 division of the Union Academy, this group also celebrated a 7-0 win in their game fueled by a hat trick from newcomer Tonny Temple. We told you about Temple in last week's Academy Notebook but this kid warrants a longer piece. A truly remarkable story no one really knew. Discovered by Hackworth while watching one of his kid’s youth matches, Temple has repaid Hack’s voucher by scoring eight goals in his last three matches since joining the academy. In Saturday’s game, the U14s also received goals from Kalil Elmedkhar, Juan Pablo Infante, Kurtis Orrson and Nicholas Sessock.

We’ll have in-depth features on players going forward. Be sure to keep up with all things Academy via philadelphiaunion.com/academy  and follow the Academy on Twitter: @PhilaUnion_Acad.

From the desk of Iain Munro

Union youth director Iain Munro is chock full of wisdom. Earlier this week, Munro, who oversees the Union/YSC Futures and Juniors program imparted some of that knowledge on philadelphiaunion.com when he discussed effective teaching of younger kids and how to get youngsters as young as five ready to be an elite player.

“Say a kid wants to be a car racer. Chances are you are going to put that kid in a car, let them play around with the steering wheel, play with the gears, take them for a ride on the track, let them feel like they are a part of something bigger. It’s the same in soccer. You have to immerse kids in the life and make them feel as though this will be a place that will make them the best if they want to be. All the little games we play; scenarios and situations we show them it’s all so when they get to the field, they know what to do but at the same time who they could play for. It’s all subliminal and putting the Union brand behind, this carries a lot of weight in their mind especially when you are as young as these little guys are.”

This weekend (March 29-30)

All three divisions are in action this weekend in Richmond, Va. Up first this Saturday, its the Richmond Strikers. On Sunday, the Richmond Kickers soccer club are the opponents. All games are at the West Creek Fields soccer facility. For complete schedule and times visit, philadelphiaunion.com/academy.

Contact Union digital editor Kerith Gabriel at kgabriel@philadelphiaunion.com