Last Saturday, Sebastien Le Toux and Amobi Okugo weren't the only Philadelphia Union players playing at home for the first time this calendar year. The Academy kids also took part in their first games at the YSC Sports Complex since the Spring session. Awaiting them was one of the toughest club sides in the East Conference - Bethesda/Olney Soccer Club.
Bethesda's U18 side showed why Saturday they sit alone atop the East Conference. A hat trick from Jeremy Ebolo Ebobisse spurred Bethesda-Olney to a 3-1 romp of the Union. Striker Neicko WIlliams scored the Union's lone goal in the unit's first home loss since late September.
The middle group of DOOPers also fell to Bethesda Olney. Striker Isaiah Young scored a 22nd minute equalizer before Bethesda scored a second half winner. The result dropped the U15/16's to fifth place in the table, with a battle this Saturday in Lancaster County against first place PA Classics.
In other news, Morgan Hackworth and Will Campbell received call-ups to the Union reserve team for a closed-door scrimmage against the Harrisburg City Islanders last Sunday at PPL Park. Morgan is the son of coach John Hackworth and the Under-16 captain; Campbell is a U-18 regular who scored against FC Delco on March 8th.
Here's a highlight video of Union Academy star goalkeeper Cameron Keys. Because I care about all of you.
Fresh off their trip to Qatar, the Under-14s ended the day on a bright note with a 3-1 win. Newcomer Tonny Temple (5 goals in 2 matches), Colin Brezniak, and Anthony Fontana all found the back of the net.
This week the Union posted some photos from the Under 14's trip to Qatar. Included with some proof of Union kids actually playing soccer is Arabic Coca-Cola and some gorgeous Doha architecture. Check it out.
Finally, congratulations goes out to Andrew Aprahamian for being selected to his first US Boys National Team (BNT). Aprahamian will be joining the Under-15 BNT for a week-long domestic training camp at the end of the month.
All three segments of the Union academy return to action this Saturday against PA Classics in Manheim, PA.