A 2-0 victory over Sporting Kansas City moved Philadelphia Union's U17 team to 2-1-0 overall in the 2019 GA Cup Premier division in Dallas. Gary Lewis' squad pulled out to a lead and never relented, meaning they have not given up a goal in two matches since a late winner from Monterrey started their GA Cup off with a tough loss.
"The boys played well collectively and that positively represented our new style of play and methodology," head coach Gary Lewis said. "The hard work and team concepts are the most pleasing aspect of the games so far.
The Union U17s feature many of the club's bright prospects, some of whom have already made their USL debuts with Bethlehem Steel FC this season.
"All 18 players have been on the field and this is building a togetherness and a strong bond between the boys; they are all showing a first team mentality. Adam Lenges scored his first goal of the 2018-19 season and Jackson Temple gave us the lead with some great control and a finish into the top corner."
Since that opening loss, the 17s have shown why they are one of the top teams in their age group in the country, controlling play and dealing losses to two top opponents.
"Congrats to the boys!' Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said after the match. "Apart from being successful it was good to see the difference in our playing style."
The Union U17s are back in action tomorrow at 11:45am when they meet Vancouver Whitecaps, a team that the senior side will travel to face off with on April 27.