Philadelphia Union II took on FC Cincinnati 2 at Mercy Health Training Center on Sunday night, ending with a 3-2 win. With the win, Union II are now tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference with 26 points. Midfielder Jesus Bueno would put Union II ahead in the 24th minute after slotting a close-ranged shot into the bottom left corner of the goal following a corner kick. In the 51st minute, forward Chris Donovan doubled the Union lead with a right footed shot from just outside the box, slipping it past the outstretched reach of the Cincinnati keeper, assisted by Jesus Bueno. Cincinnati would quickly grab a goal back in the 54th minute as Arquimides Ordonez scored a right footed shot off a cross sent in by Morgan Marshall. Bueno earned his first MLS Next Pro brace in the 57th minute after receiving a pinpoint pass in the box from Paxten Aaronson and striking across goal and into the bottom right corner of the net. Cincinnati claimed a final goal in the 85th minute as Kai Thomas won a header off a corner kick sent in by Harrison Robledo. 

Union II will return home to face Inter Miami CF II at Subaru Park on Sunday, August 14th (6:00 p.m. ET / MLSNEXTPro.com).

FC Cincinnati (2) – Philadelphia Union II (3)
Mercy Health Training Center (Milford, OH)
Sunday, August 7th, 2022

TODAY’S MATCH INFO

Referee: Nabil Bensalah
Assistant Referees: Jacob Little, Christian Little
Fourth Official: Laura Lutikoff
Weather: 81 degrees and sunny.

GOALS/ASSISTS

PHI — Jesus Bueno (unassisted) 24’
PHI — Chris Donovan (Bueno) 51’ 
CIN — Arquimides Ordonez (Marshall) 54’
PHI — Jesus Bueno (Aaronson) 57’
CIN — Kai Thomas (Robledo) 85’

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY

PHI — Jesus Bueno (caution) 37’
CIN — Bryan Sanchez (caution) 41’
PHI — Cole Turner (caution) 71’
PHI — Quinn Sullivan (caution) 81’

LINEUP

Philadelphia Union II: Brooks Thompson; Anton Sorenson, Matt Real, Brandan Craig; Nate Harriel, Jesus Bueno (Boubacar Diallo 65’), Cole Turner, Quinn Sullivan (Francis Westfield 91’+1’ ), Jack McGlynn (Juan Perdomo 65’); Paxten Aaronson (Stefan Stojanovic 75’), Chris Donovan (Nelson Pierre 76’).

Substitutes not used: Andrew Rick; Bajung Darboe, Nathan Nkanji, Maike Villero.

FC Cincinnati 2: Nicola Campuzano; Avionne Flanagan, Kai Thomas, David Garcia (Ramathan Musa 46’), Morgan Marshall (Khris Turclos 68’); Harrison Robeldo, Zico Bailey (Ousman Touray 86’); Clavin Harris, Gerardo Valenzuela (Nicque Daley 46’), Bryan Sanchez (Daniel Martin 68’ ); Arquimides Ordonez.

Substitutes not used: Jack Moxom; Leonardo Vazquez, Mario Penagos, Matthew Dreas.

Team Notes

  • Jesus Bueno scored his third and fourth goal of the season, as well as his first MLS Next Pro assist.
  • Forward Chris Donovan registered his third assist of the season.
  • Homegrown midfielder Paxten Aaronson earned his first MLS Next Pro assist.

Union II will return home to face Inter Miami CF II at Subaru Park on Sunday, August 14th (6:00 p.m. ET / MLSNEXTPro.com).