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Union Academy teams go 2-1 in weekend games

The U18 and U16 teams picked up wins against Seacoast United, but the U14s lost 4-1 to Red Bulls Academy on Saturday.

Tiger Graham
Tiger Graham
By Matt Ralph

Tiger Graham scored the lone goal of the game in the 20th minute to lead the U18 team to a 1-0 win over Seacoast United at YSC Sports on Saturday.

With the win, the U18s improved to 6-1-1 and moved into first place in the Atlantic Division with 19 points, three points ahead of New York Red Bulls, which has a game in hand.

The starting XI for the match included Andrew Verdi, Robert Campbell, Freeman Dwamena, Joseph DeZart, Matthew Real, Mark McKenzie, Tiger Graham, Dawson McCartney, Emmanuel Perez, Yosef Samuel and Michael Swift. Frederick Gil, Alexander Soto and Raheem Taylor-Parkes came off the bench.

U16s

Kalil ElMedkhar scored twice inside 10 minutes to lead the U16 team to a 3-0 win over Seacoast United. Justin McMaster scored his third goal of the season in the 53rd minute.

With the win, the U16s improved to 5-1-2 and moved into a tie for first place in the Atlantic Division with the New York Red Bulls, which has a game in hand.

The starting XI for the match included Kalil ElMedkhar, Anthony Fontana, Evan Godfrey, Brandon Golden, Justin McMaster, Byron Josue Monge, Patrick Murphy, Benjamin Ofeimu, Kurtis Orrson, Isssa Rayyan and Carlos dos Santos between the pipes.

U14s

New York Red Bulls scored three times in the first half and added a fourth goal after the break to power past the U14 team 4-1 at YSC Sports on Saturday afternoon.

Kejiel Watt opened the scoring for the Red Bulls in the 15th minute. Scott Taylor had a brace with goals in the 28th and 45th minute, and Daniel Ramm also scored in the 28th minute.

Michael Pellegrino pulled one back for the Union with his fourth goal of the season in the 55th minute.

Up Next

The U18 and U16 teams are back at the Training Grounds outside PPL Park on Saturday to host PA Classics. The U18 team plays at 11 a.m., followed by the U16 team at 1 p.m. The U14s are traveling to North Carolina for a showcase that includes games against NYCFC at 10:25 a.m. and Oakwood Soccer Club at 1:15 p.m. on Saturday and a match against Orlando City on Sunday at 9 a.m.