Jeremy Rafanello, Tonny Temple and Issa Rayyan each connected with two goals and five others also found the back of the net for the Philadelphia Union U19 team in an 11-0 rout of Seacoast United last Saturday.
Brenden Aaronson, Daniel Bloyou, Seth Kuhn, Darius Lewis and Ramzi Qawasmy all got in on the goal party for the Union, which won their third straight game and ran their unbeaten streak to 10 games. It was the most goals for the team since they scored eight against Players Development Academy at home in November.
Tomas Romero played the first 60 minutes and Brady McSwain kept the clean sheet intact the final 30 minutes. Rafanello’s two goals brought his team-leading season total to 19 in 18 games, which is one shy of the 20 he had last year for Continental FC. He’s now fifth in the country in scoring. Temple is second on the team with 11 and Rayyan third with 7 goals. Bloyou and Kuhn both had their first goals of the season.
Qawasmy’s goal was his first for the Union since joining from Continental FC last summer.
Saturday’s win also marked the return of Carter Emack to the lineup as a substitute in the 62nd minute. The midfielder who is committed to SMU this fall has missed all of the season with an injury.
The Union remained in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 13-2-3 record, six points behind the New York Red Bulls, who have an unblemished 16-0-0 record and two games in hand.
In other academy action last weekend:
- Jack De Vries’s first goal of the season held up as the winner in a 4-2 victory for the U17s over Seacoast United. Ian Graham, Michael McKeown and Axel Picazo also scored on the day. Picazo’s goal was the his ninth in league play to lead the team. The Union improved their record to 10-2-7 but are still 11 points behind the New York Red Bulls in the Atlantic Division standings.
- Patrick Bohui and Paxten Aaronson each had braces and Arnel Miscic added a goal to lead the U15s to a 5-1 win over Seacoast United. Bohui had a pretty flick to set up Aaronson’s opening goal and Aaronson cut through the defense on a strong run forward to the end line and finished from a tight angle on his second. The team is in first place in the Atlantic Division with a 13-1-3 record, but the New York Red Bulls are only five points back with two games in hand. Check out a photo gallery from the game
- The U17 development team lost 4-0 to FC Montco Die Mannschaft in the APL Boys U19 league. The team is in fourth place with a 2-4-1 record.
- The U13 and U14 teams had the weekend off from U.S. Soccer Development Academy play