Philadelphia Union’s U-17 side will be in the running for cup glory this afternoon after storming their way to the final of the Generation adidas (GA) Cup in Seattle.
Jim Curtin’s side will play Toronto FC U-17 at 3 p.m. ET after registering three convincing victories in their four tournament games so far, including a stunning 5-1 win over San Jose at the semifinal stage.
The U-17 side got their tournament off to the perfect start with a 1-0 win over Colorado Rapids last Friday; Billy McConnell scored the only goal. And the Union U-17s maintained their perfect defensive record in their next game, defeating Chivas USA 2-0 courtesy of a first-half Zach Pfeffer penalty and a Joey Julius goal with 13 minutes remaining.
Despite succumbing to a 2-0 defeat to Columbus Crew on Monday, the Union’s previously unblemished record saw them qualify for the last four, where goals from McConnell, Julius, Max Krochwitz, Kazari Trought and Matt Greer allowed the team to cruise past San Jose with a thumping 5-1 victory.
Toronto FC U-17 earned their place in today’s final by defeating a strong Columbus Crew – the only side to get the better of the Union U-17 – on penalties.
The Philadelphia Union U-15 side, meanwhile, are continuing to gain vital tournament experience in Seattle as they face San Jose U-15 in a consolation game at 1 p.m. ET today.
Phil Karn’s squad bounced back from narrow defeats to LA Galaxy, Chicago Fire and Colorado Rapids with a welcome consolation victory over FC Dallas on Tuesday; James Murphy and Morgan Hackworth had goals either side of halftime in a 2-0 win.