Philadelphia Union Academy completed another big weekend of matches with the U12s through U14s taking on rival New York Red Bulls, and the U15s through U19s traveling to Maryland to compete against Baltimore Armour and Bethesda SC. Over the nine matches, the Union accrued a 7-1-2 record.
U12: Two wins against New York Red Bulls
The Union U12s put on an attacking clinic, earning two victories against New York Red Bulls. Red Bulls failed to score against the suffocating Union defense, and an offensive showcase had the Union winning 3-0 and 2-0.
U13: 2-1 win against New York Red Bulls
Two early goals set the tone of the match for the Union, as they raced out to a 2-0 lead by the 18th minute. Beckham Aiman’s seventh goal of the year ended up being the decider, as the side saw off New York Red Bulls with a 2-1 victory.
U14: 1-1 draw against New York Red Bulls
Following three big wins at the Eastern Regional Showcase, the Union U14s faced another hardened opponent and earned a 1-1 draw versus New York Red Bulls. Quinn Sullivan, who has featured for the U15s this season, scored another goal for the U14s, as each side combated throughout in a defensive minded battle between the rival MLS sides.
U15: Two wins in Maryland
Fresh off a big victory against New York Red Bulls and four call-ups to the US Youth National Team, the Union U15s traveled to Maryland for two matches. New striker Patrick Bohui kicked things off versus Baltimore Armour with a well-taken goal, and Selmir Miscic and Nick Pariano rounded out the scoring prior to joining the U.S. U15s, en route to a 3-1 victory.
The next day, the Union took on Bethesda SC and Patrick Bohui continued his scoring ways as the Union won 2-1. The Union U15s now feature two players scoring more than a goal a match, with Miscic tallying 15 in 10 games, and Bohui notching four in three.
U17: Four points in two games in Maryland
The U17s have featured stalwart defending all year, and that was again on display in their two matches versus Baltimore Armour and Bethesda SC. On Saturday, a beautifully taken goal by Axel Picazo was the difference in a 1-0 win against Baltimore Armour, as Picazo terrorized the Armour defense all match with his dribbling capabilities.
An all-around performance from striker Shanyder Borgelin capped off by a brilliant finish earned a 1-1 draw the following day versus Bethesda SC.
U19: One win, one loss in Maryland
The eldest Academy team kicked off the weekend with a big 3-0 victory over Baltimore Armour. Striker Jeremy Rafanello kicked things off in the 14th minute with his 10th goal of the season. Brenden Aaronson, having rejoined the team following the conclusion of the Bethlehem Steel season, capped off the match with a brilliant free kick in extra time.
The U19s dropped their second match of the weekend 2-1. A.J. Cousins, playing up with the side, put in a notable shift at fullback with a resilient defensive display and a willingness to get forward into the attack.
Freshman Josue Monge earned honors this week, being named to the American Conference’s All-Conference Freshman Team.
Elsewhere, Union Alumni continued to play an essential role in Wake Forest’s run as No. 1 in the country. The Demon Deacons defeated No. 5 Clemson Wednesday night, with freshman Mark Mckenzie starting and playing all 90 minutes. Freshman Justin McMaster and sophomore Joey DeZart both contributed off the bench.