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Lehigh Valley United PDL roster loaded with former Union Academy and Continental FC players

LVU opened their season with a 3-1 loss to Reading United on Saturday with some familiar names in the lineup

Leon Maric in a game for Continental FC against Philadelphia Union in March 2016
Matt Ralph

Lehigh Valley United opened their Premier Development League season with a 3-1 loss to Reading United on the road on Saturday with a number of familiar names in the lineup.

Starting goalkeeper Logan Keys (Whitehall, Pa.) and starting forward Brandon Levano (Allentown, Pa.) both spent time in the Philadelphia Union Academy. So did University of Virginia forward Leon Maric (Gilbertsville, Pa.), who came off the bench to play 33 minutes, and two others who are rostered this season for the team: Garrett Keys and Cameron Keys, who will both be entering their third season at La Salle this fall.

Continental FC also has a strong presence on the squad.

Alum Chad Poarch (Middletown, Del.) scored a goal off the bench in the 47th minute on Saturday and Maric played for the local club as well. Continental alums Vincent Biche (Lansdowne, Pa.), Keelby Espinola (Philadelphia, Pa.) and Jason Rocha (Huntingdon Valley, Pa.) are also on the team roster.

Former Lehigh Valley United youth fill out the roster with Mark Forrest, Mickey George, Logan Keys and Collin Muller having all played for the club prior to college. Local college programs are all well represented, including Alvernia, East Stroudsburg, Lehigh, Lycoming, Philadelphia University, La Salle all represented either by current or former players.

Check out the roster below.

2017 Lehigh Valley United Roster

Lehigh Valley United Pos. Hometown State College Class Youth Club
Lehigh Valley United Pos. Hometown State College Class Youth Club
Vincent Biche MF Lansdowne Pennsylvania Alvernia (D3) Jr. Continental FC
Armando Canela MF Marlborough Massachusetts Philadelphia (D2)
Jordon Ellison MF Stroudsburg Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg (D2)
Keelby Espinola D Philadelphia Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg (D2) Sr. Continental FC
Emiliano Fama MF Doral Florida Mercer CCC (NJCAA)
Mark Forrest F/MF Douglassville Pennsylvania Lehigh Sr. Lehigh Valley United
Mickey George MF Newark New Jersey Eastern Florida State (NJCAA) Fr. Lehigh Valley United
Logan Keys GK Whitehall Pennsylvania LIU Brooklyn Lehigh Valley United, Philadelphia Union Academy
Garrett Keys D/MF Whitehall Pennsylvania La Salle Jr. Philadelphia Union Academy
Cameron Keys GK Whitehall Pennsylvania La Salle Jr. Philadelphia Union Academy
Jordan Kleyn F Plainfield Indiana Indiana R-So. Indiana Fire Academy
Brandon Levano F Allentown Pennsylvania East Stroudsburg (D2) Jr. Philadelphia Union Academy
Leon Maric F Gilbertsville Pennsylvania Virginia So. Continental FC, Philadelphia Union Academy
Colin Muller D Bethlehem Pennsylvania Monmouth So. Lehigh Valley United
Jordan Poarch MF/D Middletown Delaware UNC Greensboro, Virginia Kirkwood SC
Chad Poarch D Middletown Delaware High Point So. Continental FC
Steven Riad F/MF Bethlehem Pennsylvania Lycoming (D3) So.
Levi Roberts D Perkiomenville Pennsylvania Misericordia (D3) So.
Jason Rocha MF Huntingdon Valley Pennsylvania Philadelphia (D2) So. Continental FC
Seiji Rose MF Toulouse France Philadelphia (D2)
Benjamin Sauer GK Bel Air Maryland Philadelphia (D2) Sr.
Shaquille Stephenson D/MF St. Ann Jamaica East Stroudsburg (D2) Sr.