Academy Huddle

Union Academy teams gear up for playoff runs

Philadelphia Union Academy’s U16 and U18 teams start their Development Academy Playoff push today in Indianapolis.

This season is one full of accolades for the Union’s rising stars, culminating in a division championship for the U18’s:

  • Tiger Graham (’98) earned the distinction of eight leading goal scorer in the nation with 22 goals in 25 games.
  • Issa Rayyan (’00) finished with five goals in five games during the Generation Adidas Cup.
  • Anthony Fontana (’99) trained and competed with the first team in pre-season matches.
  • Matt Real (’99) and Mark McKenzie (’98) recently represented the United States on the U18 national team and have earned frequent starts with Bethlehem Steel. Matt Real is under contract with the USL side.
  • Dawson McCartney (’98), Josue Monge (’98), Justin McMaster (’98) and Thomas Romero (’00) have a combined 342 minutes with the Steel.

The U14 team, lead by Coach Gary Lewis, has already had an impressive start to the Showcase with 4-0 wins over MLS competitors (San Jose Earthquakes and Seattle Sounders). Zephyn Brockert-Kress and Tianshuo Yang lead the squad with two goals apiece.

For all the latest photos and news from the Development Academy Playoffs, folow the teams on Twitter (@PhilaUnionYouth) and Instagram (@philaunionyouth) for updates, as well as the US Soccer Development Academy pages on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook @ussoccer_acad. You can find a schedule for our Academy teams listed below, as well as a comprehensive list on the US Soccer DA website.

Development Academy Playoffs and Showcase schedule:

  • U14’s
    • Philadelphia Union 4 - 0 Seattle Sounders FC
    • Philadelphia Union 4 - 0 San Jose Earthquakes
    • June 23 at 11 am vs. Crossfire Premier
  • U16’s
    • June 22 at 3:30 pm vs. LA Galaxy
    • June 24 at 3:30 pm vs Vancouver Whitecaps
    • June 26 at 3:30 pm vs. Houston Dynamo
  • U18's
    • June 22 at 6:30 pm vs. Real So Cal
    • June 24 at 6:30 pm vs. Lonestar SC Academy
    • June 26 at 6:30 pm vs. Crew SC Academy Wolves

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