Press Release

Box Score | Philadelphia Union II (3), Columbus Crew 2 (2)

Philadelphia Union II faced off against Columbus Crew 2 at Subaru Park on Sunday evening, winning 3-2. Columbus opened the scoring in the 19th minute when a Columbus shot ricocheted around the box and found itself in the back of the net. Minutes later, Abdi Mohamed doubled the Crew 2 lead from the penalty spot. Midfielder CJ Olney and forward Jeremy Rafanello offered the spark that would provide the first half comeback for Union II. In the 33rd minute, midfielder CJ Olney was taken down in the box, sending forward Jeremy Rafanello to the spot to cut the deficit to 2-1. Just two minutes later, the duo linked up again and Rafanello scored his second goal of the match to level the score at 2-2 heading into half time. Forward Jeremy Rafanello completed his hat trick in the 81st minute, scoring a long range goal from outside the box to claim all three points for Union II and finish off the Union II comeback victory. 

Philadelphia Union II return to action on Sunday, June 4 (6:00 p.m. ET / Apple TV) where they play FC Cincinnati 2 at NKU Soccer Stadium.

Philadelphia Union II (3) – Columbus Crew 2 (2)
Subaru Park (Chester, PA)
Sunday, May 28, 2023


REF: Joshua Encarnación
AR1: Jeffrey Skinker
AR2: Andrew Charron
4TH: Marie Durr
Weather: 73 degrees and mostly sunny.


CLB – Anton Sorenson (OG) 19’
CLB – Gibran Rayo (PK) 24’
PHI – Jeremy Rafanello (PK) 33’
PHI – Jeremy Rafanello (Olney) 35’
PHI – Jeremy Rafanello (Castillo) 81’ 


PHI – Anton Sorenson (caution) 23’
CLB – Abdi Mohamed (caution) 32’
CLB – Cole Mrowka (caution) 54’
PHI – Jeremy Rafanello (caution) 64’
CLB – Noah Fuson (caution) 67’
PHI – Boubacar Diallo (caution) 82’


Philadelphia Union II: Brooks Thompson, Juan Castillo, Gino Portella (Daniel Krueger 46’), Hugo Le Guennec, Anton Sorenson, Christopher Olney, Alex Perez (Maike Villero 75’), Francis Westfield, David Vazquez (Nelson Pierre 71’), Jeremy Rafanello (Luciano Sanchez 86’), Stefan Stojanovic (Boubacar Diallo 71’).

Substitutes not used: Anthony Ramirez, Andrew Rick, Luke Martelli, Carlos Rojas.

Columbus Crew 2: Brady Scott, Stuart Ritchie (Jordan Knight 74’), Xavier Zengue, Jacob Erlandson, Abdi Mohamed, Cole Mrowka ( Brent Adu-Gyamfi 83’), Taha Habroune (Gio De Libera 65’), Marco Micaletto, Gibran Rayo, Thomas Roberts, Noah Fuson.

Substitutes not used: Ty Nero, Stanislav Lapkes, Coleman Gannon, Nicolas Rincon, Clay Holstad, Mataeo Bunbury.

Team Notes

  • Forward Jeremy Rafanello scored a hat trick, upping his season tally to five MLSNEXTPro goals.
  • Midfielder CJ Olney and defender Juan Castillo registered their second MLSNEXTPro assists.

Philadelphia Union II return to action on Sunday, June 4 (6:00 p.m. ET / Apple TV) where they play FC Cincinnati 2 at NKU Soccer Stadium.