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Philadelphia Union Academy teams go 3-1 against Baltimore Armour

The U18, U16, and U13 teams all picked up wins on the road over the weekend

Josue Monge
Matt Ralph

Manny Perez and Josue Monge scored in the second half to lead the Union U18 team back into the win column on the road Saturday in Ellicot City, Maryland.

Coming off a 7-2 loss at New York Red Bulls last week, the U18 defense and goalkeeper Tomas Romero shut down Baltimore Armour for the team’s third shut out of the season.

The clean sheet was the first for the 15-year-old Romero in his first start for the U18 team. He had one clean sheet for the U16 team last year in three starts.

Perez scored his third of the year in the 69th and Monge added an insurance goal in the 78th minute (Note: The game report mistakenly had Monge scoring both goals).

U16 defender Nykolas Sessock made his first start for the U18s this season after making one start last season.


Newcomer Axel Picazo’s first goal for the Union was a late winner for the U16s in a 2-1 victory over Baltimore Armour.

The midfielder who joined the team this summer from Lonestar SC in Texas, scored in the 80th minute of the 80-minute match.

Aziz Saidi opened the scoring in the 12th minute but Jerome Webbert found an equalizer for the home team with five minutes left in the first half.


The U14 team lost their second straight match and were shut out for the third time in four games this season by Baltimore Armour.

Alexander Krause led Baltimore with a first-half brace and Diego Lopez-Ramos added a goal late in the second half.


The U13 team rebounded from their first loss of the season with a 2-0 win over Baltimore Armour.

Selmir Miscic scored his third goal of the season in the 64th minute and Sean Bettenhausen added a goal with a minute left in the 70-minute match.


The U12 team swept a pair of games with Lehigh Valley United by 2-1 and 5-1 score lines to improve their season record to 9-1-0.

Anthony Derk and Ian Abbey scored each side of halftime in the first match while Nelson Pierre had his second hat trick of the season and Julian Pittaoulis and Francis Westfield both added goals.

Pierre leads the team with nine goals.