Jorge Calix was a thorn in the side of the Philadelphia Union Academy's U-18 team in their regular season finale on Saturday afternoon even before he scored a long range goal that ended up being the winner in D.C. United's 3-2 win.
United stormed out of the gate in the game with two goals three minutes apart by Owen Marshall to take a 2-0 lead in the 7th minute but the U-18s fought back and capitalized on a deflection from Sebastian Elney off a long throw from Zach Perez to make it 2-1 going into halftime.
The second half belonged to the D.C. United midfield, which controlled possession and took the 3-1 lead on Calix's goal in the 61st minute. Michael Swift pulled a goal back for the home side in the 90th minute, but time ran out on the comeback on a day that was also graduation day for the seniors on the team who also attended YSC Academy.
The first ever graduation of the YSC Academy senior class was held after the game and the graduates were recognized before the Union game at PPL Park later that night.
The starting XI for the game was Derrick Amaniampong, Conor Bradley, Shane Bradley, Will Campbell, Kevin Carvalho, Sebastian Elney, Tarik Gazko, Morgan Hackworth, Cameron Keys, Zach Perez and John Schroeder. Oliver Calvo (62'), Mohamed Conde (46'), Yosef Samuel (46'), Michael Swift (60') and Sean Wilson (46') came off the bench in the game.
The U-18s finished the regular season with a 12-8-6 record, a fourth place finish in the Atlantic Division and a spot in the playoffs as a wild card.
Alexander Soto scored on a penalty kick in the 15th minute to tie the game and secure a point for the U-16s after a goal by Collin Jouan gave D.C. United the early lead on Saturday afternoon.
The draw was just the second for the U-16s this season, which finished the season 21-3-2 in second place in the Atlantic Division and the second overall playoff seed behind first place New York Red Bulls.
Andrew Aprahamian, Robert Campbell, Tiger Graham, Dawson McCartney, Mark McKenzie, Jerren Nixon, Kurtis Orrson, Matthew Real, Jack Skahan, Alexander Soto and Andrew Verdi were in the starting XI for the Union. Anthony Fontana (50'), Rayshaun McGann (50'), Justin McMaster (50'), Josue Monge (50') and Raheem Taylor-Parkes (50') came off the bench.
The U-14s final home game ended in a 1-1 draw after a Seth Kuhn 6th minute goal was canceled out by a 12th minute goal from Anthony Rovito for Match Fit Academy.
Blair Barber, Daniel Bloyou, Kenyatta Collins Jr., Christian Contreras, Tanner Dail, Vibert Fortulus, Giovani Jimenez, Seth Kuhn, Tomas Romero, Aziz Saidi and Cole Turner were in the starting XI. The box score didn't list what substitutes were used in the game.
The U-14s play Baltimore Bays Chelsea in a make-up game on Saturday in Maryland before traveling to Indiana for the U-14 Showcase at Grand Park Sports Campus June 19-22. They are scheduled to play San Jose Earthquakes June 19, SC United Battery on June 20 and Tampa Bay United June 22.