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Philadelphia Union scrimmage Orlando City in joint training session

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Cory Burke scored a goal for the Union in the second of two 75-minute closed-door scrimmages.

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Cory Burke scored his third goal of preseason off an assist from 18-year-old midfielder Anthony Fontana for the lone goal the Philadelphia Union had to show for from two 75-minute closed door scrimmages in Orlando on Wednesday.

Though no official score was taken of either scrimmage, Orlando City scored three times, according to a report from Pro Soccer USA.

The first goal came 18 minutes in on a penalty kick from Yoshimar Yotún after some indecision in the midfield led to a breakaway and a foul conceded by Keegan Rosenberry in the box.

Later in the second session, Orlando City defender RJ Allen headed home a cross from midfielder Sacha Kljestan and rookie Chris Mueller added a goal off an assist from Tony Rocha, who beat Richie Marquez with a pretty display of skill the official Orlando City Twitter account described as “like a hot knife through butter.”

Back in Clearwater this week for their second preseason session after a short weekend break back home, the Union made the bus trip up I-4 to Orlando for the joint training session.

“From the mindset of improving on the road this season, something obviously we are looking forward to doing, getting on a bus coming two and a half hours, there’s a mental part you have to adjust to,” head coach Jim Curtin said. “I thought we did not have a good start to the game. It took us about 20 minutes to really get going.”

Curtin said after the difficult start, the play improved and the Union were able to move the ball and create a few chances. As they did in a scoreless draw against Chicago Fire, Curtin said the Union “still are lacking that final pass, that final ball.”

Worse than the unofficial 3-1 scoreline, the Union lost two players to injury with Ilsinho and Bethlehem Steel FC defender Olivier Mbaizo both having to leave the match.

A total of 24 players made it into the lineup for at least one of the two 75-minute periods, according to tweets from the Union Twitter account. The only rostered first teamers not to get minutes Wednesday were homegrown signings Matt Real and Mark McKenzie, second-year midfielder Marcus Epps, and third-string goalkeeper Jake McGuire.
Lineups

First session: David Accam, CJ Sapong (Jay Simpson 60’), Fafa Picault, Ilsinho (Anthony Fontana 30’), Alejandro Bedoya, Fabinho, Haris Medunjanin, Keegan Rosenberry, Auston Trusty, Jack Elliott, Andre Blake

Second session: Eric Ayuk, Jay Simpson (Anthony Fontana 45’), Fabian Herbers, Adam Najem, Warren Creavalle, Olivier Mbaizo (Cory Burke 27’), Derrick Jones, Ray Gaddis, Richie Marquez, Josh Yaro, John McCarthy