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Union U16s fall short in Generation adidas Cup qualifying

The Philadelphia Union U16 team will have to settle for the consolation division at the Generation adidas Cup finals in Frisco, Texas next month after dropping a regional qualifier match to D.C. United on Saturday evening in Florida.

Carlos dos Santos
Carlos dos Santos
Matt Ralph

The Philadelphia Union Academy U16 team was knocked out of the running for a spot in the Generation adidas Cup Championship Division after a 4-1 loss to D.C. United on Saturday night in Florida.

The Union made the Championship Division after a dramatic last minute win over New York Red Bulls last year, but will have to settle for the consolation Premier Division (where the other MLS teams that don't make it through regionals are placed) when they travel to Frisco, Texas March 18-26. The silver lining in that is the New York Red Bulls claimed a Generation adidas Cup title after winning the Premier Division last year even though River Plate was the real winner when they beat Eintracht Frankfurt in the final of the Championship Division.

D.C. United jumped out to 1-0 lead 15 minutes in off a counter attack goal from former Union Academy forward Colin Brezniak, and Nelson Blacno doubled the lead on a penalty kick in the 32nd minute that held up for a 2-0 lead at halftime. The second half didn't start off any better for the Union, as United padded the lead in the 46th minute from another counter attack goal by Brezniak and nearly made it 4-0 two minutes later when another penalty kick was awarded. Goalkeeper Carlos dos Santos came up with the big save to deny Brezniak the hat trick, but United eventually got a fourth goal in the 59th minute from Blanco, his second of the day.

The Union saved face with a late goal but the goal or the name of the goal scorer wasn't listed in a recap on Orlando City's website.

The win kept D.C. United in the running for one of the top two spots (two from each regional advance to the Championship Division for a total of six MLS teams). United have 9 points through five games, but sit in third place behind Toronto FC (11 points) and New York Red Bulls (10 points) heading into the final games on Monday.

The Union (5 points) play Orlando City (8 points) on Monday at noon for the final East Regional qualifier.