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10 Union Academy players invited to regional U.S. U14 identification camp

FC Delco also represented among the 78 players invite

Marcelo Mazzola goes for a ball in a game against FC Delco on March 30, 2019
Matt Ralph

Ten Philadelphia Union Academy players and one from FC Delco are among the 78 players invited to the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team Under-14 Talent Identification regional training camp being held in Tinton Falls, N.J. April 4-8.

The camp is the third and final of three such mini-camps that are part of the initial rollout of U.S. Soccer’s new YNT U-14 TID program. The west region mini-camp was held in January in Carson, Calif., while the central region mini-camp was held last month in Frisco, Texas.

The 10 players from the Union include goalkeeper Connor Cresswell, defenders Miles Hood, Million Evans, Luke Martelli and Logan Oliver; midfielders Beckham Aiman, Dylan Lacey and Devon Stopek and forwards Connor Budniak and Marcelo Mazzola.

Sebastian Perez-Gasiba, of Media, Pa., is the lone representative from FC Delco.

During the camp, 78 players from the east region will make up teams based on the region’s four defined scouting areas (Northeast, NY/NJ, Atlantic and South Atlantic). U.S. Soccer staff, including Director of TID Tony Lepore and the three boys’ TID Managers, Henry Brauner, Garrett Biller and Cris da Silva, will run the camp, while the four teams will be coached by YNT Network Scouts and Development Academy coaches from the four respective scouting areas. After a day of training, the four teams will play each other in a round-robin competition.