After picking up just two out of nine possible points in the first leg of qualification in Toronto back in October, the Philadelphia Union Academy team starts the second round of qualification for the U17 Generation adidas Cup with a lot of ground to make up today in Florida.
The Union, which picked up two points from a regulation draw and PK win and lost their other two qualification matches, take on the only team trailing them in the East Regional standings, the New England Revolution Academy, today at 2:30 p.m.
Their next two matches, against D.C. United on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. and Orlando City at noon on Monday, are against teams currently tied for first place on six points. New York Red Bulls and Toronto FC, which both beat the Union in the first leg, are also in a tie for first with six points.
The top two teams qualifying out of the group will advance to the Generation adidas Cup finals, which the Union won in 2012. If the Union fail to qualify, they'll still qualify for the consolation Premier Division being held the same time as the Championship Division in Frisco March 18-26.
The New York Red Bulls went on to win the Premier Division title last year after being eliminated by the Union on a dramatic last-minute goal from Raheem Taylor-Parkes.
River Plate beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the final and Stoke City beat Real Salt Lake on penalties in the final in 2014. The Union won the competition after beating Toronto FC on penalties in 2012 when only domestic teams competed.