It took more than a half to find the back of the net, but once they did the Philadelphia Union U19s scored four times in just over a half hour stretch to top local rival Continental FC 4-0 on Saturday at Power Training Complex in Chester.
Tonny Temple opened the scoring in the 50th minute and 11 minutes later Jeremy Rafanello joined him on the score sheet with the first of two goals on the day. Temple added his second in the 70th and Rafanello added to his team lead with his 21st of the season (in 19 games). Temple is second on the team with 13.
Tomas Romero had the clean sheet in goal for the U19s, which have outscored opponents 21-1 over their last four.
The U19 team had a different look with Brenden Aaronson out with a broken collarbone sustained in a Bethlehem Steel FC game and Kevin Escobar, Nykolas Sessock, Olu Ogunwale all unavailable on the back line.
JD Wagner made his U19 debut in the game at right back and was replaced by Donovan Wu in the 79th minute, who also made his U19 debut. A.J. Cousins made his fourth start at left back in the older age group and Cole Turner his third appearance for the 19s in the midfield.
With the win, the U19s improved to 14-2-3 on the year and despite having the fifth best win percentage league-wide are still six points back of Atlantic Division leaders New York Red Bulls, who are 17-0-0 on the season.
The U17s are in a similar position in the standings after a 2-0 win over Continental FC on Saturday. They are eight points behind the Red Bulls in the Atlantic Division standings with a 12-2-7 record.
Shanyder Borgelin broke open a scoreless game in the 42nd minute off a pass from Nick Blacklock for his sixth of the season and Matt Myers added a goal in the 80th minute with the home side up a man after Maxwell Owens was shown red in the 68th minute.
The U17s also had a different look to their squad with several players playing up with the 19s. Sekou Soumah, who made his Union debut last week off the bench, earned his first start at center back. Tianshuo Yang made his first appearance of the season off the bench and Dante Huckaby made his U17 debut in the match. Kris Shakes had the clean sheet in goal.
In other academy action on Saturday:
- Seven different players scored for the U15s in an 8-0 win. Nelson Pierre led the way with a brace and Quinn Sullivan, Marco Silva, Kleberson Pereira, Nick Pariano, Chris Hackley and Brandan Craig all added goals. The win was the 12th straight for the U15s and the second straight clean sheet. Jason Grandizio had the shut out in goal Saturday after Chay Kaplan kept Virginia Development Academy off the score sheet on the road last week. The team’s record improved to 15-1-3, good enough for an eight point lead on the New York Red Bulls in the Atlantic Division standings.
- Ian Abbey, Nicolas Rubio and Marcelo Mazzola were on target for the U14s and Logan Gildea went the full 80 minutes in goal to pick up the clean sheet in a 3-0 win over Continental FC at YSC Sports on Saturday.
- Dominic Wilson had himself a day, connecting for four goals to lead the U13s to a 5-1 win at YSC Sports. Beckham Aiman also added a goal. Wilson has 13 this season for the U13s and a total goal haul of 34 between the U12 and U13 team.