After spending last weekend playing FC Greater Boston Bolts and New England Revolution in Massachusetts, the Philadelphia Union Academy U19, U17 and U15 teams return home to take on New York Red Bulls.
The U19s aim to avenge a 3-1 loss to the Red Bulls on the road in October and make up ground in the Atlantic Division standings.
The Red Bulls (19-0-1) dropped points for the first time this season in a scoreless draw to Empire United last weekend, but are still four points up on the Union (17-2-3) with two games in hand in the standings.
The Union extended their unbeaten streak by two to 14 in Massachusetts with a 3-0 win over the Bolts and a 4-2 victory at Gillette Stadium over the Revolution. Seth Kuhn scored the game-winner in the 54th minute and Tonny Temple added a brace in the Bolts win and Darius Lewis had the game-winner a day later. Temple also scored and Daniel Bloyou had a brace in the Revolution match.
The U19 game kicks off at 4 p.m. at Power Training Complex on Saturday.
The U17 game kicks off at 2 p.m.
The Union U17s split their games in Massachusetts, losing 1-0 on a 63rd minute goal to the Bolts and picking up a 2-0 win over the Revolution behind goals from Jason Aoyama and Selmir Miscic, who scored in the 80th minute in his debut for the U17 team. Eoin Gawronski had the clean sheet.
The loss further distanced the Union from the Red Bulls in the standings. With a 19-1-1 record, the Red Bulls are nine points up on the Union (14-3-7) with three games in hand. Like their U19 counterparts, the Red Bulls have the best record in the league.
The Red Bulls won the last meeting in league play 1-0 back in October, but the teams played to a 1-1 draw in Generation adidas Cup play back in February.
The Union U15s lost for just the second time this season in their game Sunday at Gillette Stadium. Hikaru Fujiwara’s goal in the 13th minute for the Revolution was the lone goal of the match.
The loss snapped a 14-game winning streak for the Union (17-2-3) and was the first time they failed to score this season. The day earlier Selmir Miscic and Patrick Bohui each scored in their return to the lineup from international duty. The first of Miscic’s two goals held up as the game-winner and Nelson Pierre opened the scoring in the 23rd minute with his fourth strike for the U15s this season and 15th overall.
The Union remain in first place in the Atlantic Division on points per game but are four points behind DC United with a pair of games in hand. The Red Bulls are in third place, eight points back of the Union with two games in hand.
Their game with the Union kicks off at noon at Power Training Complex.
The U12 teams play Red Bulls at 10 a.m., followed by the U13s at noon and the U14s at 2 p.m. at YSC Sports.
The three lower age groups traveled to North Jersey last weekend to play TSF Academy.
The U13s won 1-0 on a 70th minute penalty kick for Rafi Sanjuan and the U14s won 2-1 on a Jackson Gilman game-winner in the 14th minute. Marcelo Mazzola opend the scoring in that game with his team-leading 13th of the season.