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Union Academy U16s get critical points in win over Revolution

The Philadelphia Union Academy U16 team kicked off the second leg of Generation adidas Cup qualification on the front foot with a 4-2 win over the New England Revolution Academy.

Anthony Fontana
Anthony Fontana
Matt Ralph

Goals that were so hard to come by in the first leg of qualification for the U17 Generation adidas Cup came fast and furious for the Union Academy U16 team on Friday afternoon in Tallahassee, Florida.

Anthony Fontana had a brace and Matthew Real and Kalil ElMedkhar added goals to lift the Philadelphia Union to their first win in qualification dating back to the first regional qualification leg in Toronto in October.

With all three points secured, the Union now have five points with two games remaining against D.C. United tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. and Orlando City Monday at noon.

Fontana scored twice inside 37 minutes to give the Union a 2-0 lead at halftime and Matthew Real added to the lead just after halftime. The New England Revolution Academy got on the board in the 52nd minute but ElMedkhar buried one upper 90 five minutes later to regain the three-goal lead.

A free kick in the 63rd minute rounded out the scoring to make it a 4-2 final.

The Union scored one goal in their first three qualifiers in October in two losses and a draw they were able to get another point from with a penalty kick win. With the four goals today, the Union now have a goal differential of -3.