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Union Academy in College: England Edition

Zack Steffen and Alex Shinsky spend spring break in England playing against stiff competition while fellow Academy alums stateside do battle with professional clubs in spring friendlies.

Zack Steffen, Alex Shinsky and the Maryland Terrapins were lucky enough to spend their spring break on a tour of England, visiting some of the biggest clubs in the world to train with and play friendlies against their youth setups. The Terps played three matches on the trip, leaving Manchester with a scoreless draw against Manchester United's U21 team and finishing the trip with a 2-0 loss to a Tottenham youth side and a 3-3 draw with a Crystal Palace development team.

Steffen had this to say about the trip in a tweet on Friday:


In addition to playing and training, the Terps took time to soak up the experience as fans. Steffen went to his first EPL game, Manchester United vs. Liverpool, and Shinsky, an Arsenal fan, took in the North London derby between Arsenal and Tottenham. Maryland's spring schedule continues this week back in College Park with a friendly against Harrisburg City Islanders at 5 p.m. on March 30.

Georgetown forward Brett Campbell found the back of the net in a 3-0 win over fellow alum Jared Martinelli and Temple in the Hoyas first spring game on Saturday. The Hoyas are loaded with Union Academy talent, including right back Keegan Rosenberry, forward Melvin Snoh and midfielder Jon Azzinnari.

Andrew Herr's Michigan State Spartans didn't fair any better than the Union against the Columbus Crew, losing 5-1 on Sunday. It was the Spartans first loss of the spring after beating Ontario club Ajax U-18 3-0, drawing Sigma U-19 0-0 and tying Oakland 1-1.

Darius Madison and Virginia were blanked 3-0 by USL PRO club Richmond Kickers on Saturday after opening their spring season with a 2-0 win over USL PRO's Pittsburgh Riverhounds on March 8. Madison assisted on Riggs Lennon 27th minute winner in that game. They travel to Greensboro to take on Colton Storm and North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels tied NASL club Carolina Railhawks 2-2 on Saturday to push their spring record to 4-0-1.

Penn State, which has Academy alums Connor Maloney, Michael Gonzalez and Christian Kaschak still on their roster (Shane Campbell appears to be transferring but an official announcement hasn't been made yet), lost 3-1 to Harrisburg City Islanders on Saturday, which drew Thomas Shiiba and Mark Shiiba's Navy Midshipmen 1-1 on Sunday.