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Philadelphia Union Academy teams go 4-0-2 in weekend doubleheaders

Philadelphia Union Academy teams won four and drew two in games played Saturday at YSC and Sunday on the PPL Park training grounds.

Garrett Keys (lef) and Shane Bradley in a game against NJCSA at YSC Sports
Garrett Keys (lef) and Shane Bradley in a game against NJCSA at YSC Sports

Kevin Carvalho scored the game-winner at the end of the first half on Saturday for the U-18 team and the defense kept a clean sheet for 89 minutes in a 3-1 win at YSC Sports over NJCSA.

Morgan Hackworth opened the scoring for the Union in the 25th minute and substitute Mohamed Conde added a third in the 72nd minute in his first game action since December. NJCSA scored on the last play of the game when Alvaro Montoya got behind the defense and slotted the ball past goalkeeper Cameron Keys.

Newcomer Tarik Gazko made his debut for the Union in the game. He's played in Brazil and Germany and spent time with the New York Red Bulls and Manhattan Kickers FC.

Also in the starting XI Saturday were Conor Bradley, Shane Bradley, Carvalho, Hackworth, Nicholas Jachwak, Keys, Garrett Keys, Ryan Raheem Miller, Yosef Samuel and John Schroeder. Conde, Brandon Levano and Abu Bakkar Winter came off the bench.

The U-18s played to a scoreless draw Sunday with  Empire Revolution in the shadow of PPL Park on the new training fields. Academy newcomer Oliver Calvo made his debut at midfield in the game. Calvo comes to the club after finishing his senior season at Reading High School and competing with FC Revolution United in Berks County.

Joining Calvo in the starting XI Sunday were Will Campbell, Conde, Gazko, Cameron Keys, Zach Perez, Michael Swift, Auston Trusty, Johann Weatherly, Sean Wilson and Abu Bakarr Winter. Conor Bradley, Shane Bradley, Morgan Hackworth and Yosef Samuel came off the bench.

The U-18s have another doubleheader next weekend with road games against Baltimore Bays Chelsea on Saturday at noon and PA Classics on Sunday at noon.

U-16s

Juan Infante scored in the 40th and 53rd minutes to lead the U-16s to a 2-1 win over NJCSA on Saturday.

Joseph DeZart, Kalil Elmedkar, Isaiah Holquist, Michael Kalpokas, Dawson McCartney, Patrick Murphy, Kurtis Orrson, Jack Skahan, Alex Soto and Ryan Trapp were also in the starting XI. Andrew Aprahamian, Anthony Fontana, Evan Godfrey, Tiger Graham and Jerren Nixon came off the bench.

The offense exploded for six goals on Sunday against Empire Revolution at the PPL Park training fields.

Lamine Conte opened the scoring in the 6th minute and Josue Mongue put the game out of reach with a free kick goal in the 20th minute and another goal in the 43rd minute. Anthony Fontana continued the scoring in the second half with a goal in the 50th minute and Justin McMaster and Joseph DeZart (PK) completed the blowout.

The back line of Mark McKenzie, Rayshaun McGann, Robert Campbell and Andrew Aprahamian in front of goalkeeper Justin Bajek kept the clean sheet. Tiger Graham and Jack Skahan were the only offensive starters not to score in the match. Raheem Taylor-Parkes, Jake Silverstein, Dawson McCartney and DeZart came off the bench.

The U-16s have another doubleheader next weekend with road games against Baltimore Bays Chelsea on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. and PA Classics on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

U-14s

The U-14 team had an offensive explosion of its own on Saturday at YSC with a 6-0 win over NJCSA.

Femi Awodesu opened the scoring in the 14th minute, Nicholas Blacklock scored a pair of goals in the 60th and 81st minutes and Iverson Brisma, Christian Contreras and Andrew Taber added goals.

Daniel Bloyou found an equalizer in the 57th minute on Sunday at the PPL Park training grounds to cancel out a 14th minute Empire Revolution goal from Owen Bauer and give the Union a 1-1 draw.

The U-14s play Cedar Stars Academy in Ridgefield Park, N.J., on Saturday at 1:30 p.m.