The Philadelphia Union U-18s and U-16s were both in action today, with the U-18s taking on Kendall SC and the U-16s taking on Weston FC.
The U-18’s game was first, playing against Kendall, an academy team from the Southeast region. They held Kendall off for a majority of the first half, only conceding one goal off of a long pass in the 38th minute.
They started the half down 1-0 but managed to pull even in the 50th minute when Frederick Gil wove through the defense to tuck the ball into the back of the net. Kendall scored two minutes later to go back ahead 2-1. The Union continued to claw their way back to even after Mo Conde was able to direct his header past the goalkeeper in the 60th minute.
The game continued to be played close all the way to the finish where Kendall SC was able to score in the 89th to win the game 3-2. Since the Montreal Impact U-18s won today against the LA Galaxy U-18s, the winner of Kendall vs. Montreal on Friday will advance to the quarterfinals.
The U-16s also faced a tough test against Weston FC, keeping the score 0-0 until Weston managed to score in the 60th minute. Weston were given an extra burst of energy after scoring and started to win every 50-50 ball. The Union weathered the storm and scored in the 70th minute thanks to a goal from Tiger Graham.
With the score tied at 1-1, the Union turned it up one more notch and managed to score in the 79th minute, with Jack Skahan netting the goal after getting on the end of a throw in from Graham.
They would go on to win 2-1 and sit in first place in their group. Their next game is on Friday against the Houston Dynamo U-16s.
Said Academy Director Tommy Wilson after the U-16 game, “I'm really proud of the boys and Weston are one of the best teams we've played. The boys once again showed great resolve coming back from a losing position to win the match. Our focus now turns to the last game on Friday.”