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Academy notebook: Local derby takes center stage

After a busy weekend in D.C. and Virginia, the Union Academy teams return home to host local rivals FC Delco

After a pair of road trips to North Jersey and a double-header in Washington D.C. and Richmond, Va. last week, the Philadelphia Union Academy teams return home tomorrow to face a familiar opponent.

Whether you call them Continental FC or by their rebranded FC Delco name, the rivalry between the Union Academy and their nearby neighbors is one of the most unique in youth sports because of the overlap of students from YSC Academy who don’t compete with the Union in the Development Academy.

Always a competitive match and one both teams at the age levels look forward, YSC Sports will host games kicking off from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Last weekend results were mixed for the Union in games against D.C. United and Richmond United.

The U19s were shut out 1-0 on a 52nd minute from Kyle Davis against D.C. and then scored a pair of goals late to edge Richmond United 3-2 the next day. Michael Pellegrino, Tonny Temple and Nick Blacklock all found the back of the net in the come-from-behind win.

The U17s also split their games, losing to D.C. United 4-2 on the strength of a Theodore Ku-DePietro hat trick that canceled out Aboubacar Camara’s brace. Camara was clinical again a day later with a second half hat trick and Jack Temple and Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder Selmir Miscic both added goals in the 5-1 win.

The U15s kept rolling with a weekend sweep, beating D.C. United 4-1 behind a Quinn Sullivan brace and early goal from Million Evans and Richmond United 3-1 behind two more goals from Sullivan and one from Ian Abbey. Sullivan increased his team-leading goal haul to 14 on the season.

The U14s also swept with a 6-1 win over D.C. United and a 3-0 win over Richmond United. Dominic Dubon and Beckham Aiman both had braces in the D.C. game and Favian Loyola and Nate Stewart added goals. Marcelo Mazzola had two and Caden Grabfelder one in the Richmond game. Dubon leads the team with 18 goals.

The U13s were held to a scoreless draw by D.C. United and beat Richmond 5-0 behind five different goal scorers: John Andrus, Dylan Falcone, Zakary Kandoussi, Julian Ramirez and Dominic Wilson. Andrus leads the team with 16 goals.