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Philadelphia Union U17s advance to Sunday’s MLS Next Cup final at Toyota Stadium

The Union U17s beat LAFC 2-1 to advance to Sunday’s final at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas

Philadelphia Union U17s | File Photo
Matt Ralph

The Philadelphia Union U17s are heading to the MLS Next Cup final in Toyota Stadium on Sunday night.

The Union booked a spot in the final — a second straight for many of the players who were on the U15 team that made the final a year ago — with a 2-1 win over LAFC on Friday night in Texas.

Alex Perez gave the Union a lead and Marcos Zambrano scored the game winner after LAFC tied the game up.

They’ll play the winner of Columbus Crew and Orlando City at 8 p.m. eastern time on Sunday night. The game will be streamed live on YouTube and Twitch. The Crew knocked off FC Delco in penalties in the quarterfinal.

The Union U15s lost the final last year 2-0 to Real Salt Lake. U17 regulars Perez, goalkeeper Andrew Rick, Gavin Wetzel, John Andrus, Daniel Krueger and Luke Zielinski all started in last year’s final along with Union II midfielder Bajung Darboe.