Philadelphia Union (3 ) vs D.C. United U-17 (3 )
The U-17 bracket of the 2020 GA Cup regional qualifiers got off to an exciting start Saturday morning with D.C. United beating Philadelphia Union in a penalty shootout. In the first half it seemed as if the Union may have the upper-hand, having scored the lone goal of the first 45 minutes, courtesy of Anthony Sorenson. But in a thrilling turn of events the second half saw D.C. crawl their way back in to the competition, netting two goals in five minutes, one by Philip Bogdanov and the other by Xavier O'Neil.
In the 72nd minute Philadelphia evened the score with Caden Stafford single-handedly dribbled the ball down the left side to slip it in to the back of the net. Just minutes later United jumped back in front when Adrien Wheaton-Schopp sent a rocket of a shot deep into the net. With seconds left on the clock a controversial call saw the Union get a free kick outside the 18-yard-box that began a domino effect leading to the final goal of regulation from Jackson Gilman, leaving the score tied at 3-3.
In the penalty kick shootout, it was D.C. Untied goalkeeper Sebastian Conlon who stepped up as the hero, making two crucial saves to help lead his team to victory.
Scoring Summary 1 2 FT PK
Philadelphia Union U-17 1 2 3 4
D.C. United U-17 0 3 3 3
PHI: Anthony Sorenson, 33'
DC: Philip Bogdanov, 45'
DC: Xavier O'Neil, 50'
PHI: Caden Stafford, 72'
DC: Adrien Wheaton-Schoop, 77'
PHI: Jackson Gilman, 80+5'
Philadelphia Union U-17 Starting XI: Owen Moore, Jackson Gilman, Jack Jasinski, Brandan Craig, Jake Spadafora, Anthony Sorenson, Quinn Sullivan, Sean Bettenhausen, Nick Pariano, Zion Scarlett, Caden Stafford
D.C. United U-17 Starting XI: Sebastian Conlon, Liam Moore, Troy Matingou, Alexander Wall, David Ayala, Josue Guzman, Mathias Yohannes, Philip Bogdanov, Juston Rainey, Xavier O’Niel, Edwin Henriquez
Philadelphia Union U-15 (4) vs D.C. United U-15 (3)
In a tale of two halves, the Philadelphia Union U-15s staged a late-game comeback to score three answered goals against D.C. United U-15 to secure three points with a 4-3 scoreline. D.C. United started the game strong but lost its threat to goal early on in the first half. The United defense was unable to secure possession, leaving a costly mistake that opened up Philadelphia’s Angel Mayorga to capitalize with a goal in the 22ndminute. A mistake going the other way however provided United with a penalty kick that Angel Vargas-Hernandez converted to even the scoring going into the break.
United tightened up its play in the second half, quickly scoring two goals through Arvid Lindquist and Isaiah Chisolm to give United a two-goal lead. The brace in the 51st minute by Union’s Mayorga kicked off the Philadelphia comeback as Dylan Lacey took a shot from distance to find the net just before the hour mark and Dominic Dubon netted the game-winner cleaning up a deflected shot in the 66th minute.
Scoring Summary 1 2 FT
Philadelphia Union U-15 1 3 4
D.C. United U-15 1 2 3
PHI: Angel Mayorga, 22’
DCU: Angel Vargas-Hernandez, 36’
DCU: Arvid Lindquist, 38’
DCU: Isaiah Chisolm, 46’
PHI: Angel Mayorga, 51’
PHI: Dylan Lacey, 59’
PHI: Dominic Dubon, 66’
Philadelphia Union U-15 Starting XI: Connor Creswell, Francis Westfield, Devon Stopek, Luke Martelli, Logan Oliver, Dylan Lacey, Aaron Heard, Caden Grabfelder, Angel Mayorga, Marcelo Mazzola, Dominic Dubon
D.C. United U-15 Starting XI: Jeremiah Paulin, Marvin Cabrera-Reyes, Brandon Meminger, Joost Almekinders, Daniel Sandall, Michael Osorio, Adrian Buri, Arvid Lindquist, Angel Vargas-Hernandez, Isaac Espinal, Isaiah Chisolm
New York Red Bulls U-17 (4) vs New England Revolution U-17 (3)
The U-17 group continued to excite on Saturday with a high-scoring matchup between New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution. Despite a hat trick from the Revolution's Hikara Fujiwara it was the Red Bulls that took the win.
The first half was a tale of two sides with each team netting two goals. Both Fujiwara and New York's Thomas Tulgar secured a brace to leave the score tied going into the second half.
In the 40th minute Joseph Zalinsky scored the third goal of the game for New York and twenty minutes later Eli Conway scored what would be the go-ahead goal to earn the win. Fujiwara was able to grab a consolation goal in the 67th minute and earn himself a hat trick, but his scoring heroics were no match for New York.
Scoring Summary 1 2 FT
New York Red Bulls U-17 2 2 4
New England Revolution U-17 2 1 3
NY: Thomas Tulgar, 4'
NE: Hikara Fujiwara, 12'
NE Hikara Fujiwara, 18'
NY: Thomas Tulgar, 20'
NY: Joseph Zalinsky (Ty Walker), 40'
NY: Eli Conway, 61'
NE: Hikara Fujiwara, 67'
New York Red Bulls U-17 Starting XI: Ciaran Dalton; Liam Winograd, Joseph Zalinsky, Ty Walker, Boima Cummins; Kenan Hot, Tapiwa Shumba, Nico Belinda, Thomas Tulgar, Jackson Hopkins; Roald Mitchell
New England Revolution U-17 Starting XI: Sebastian Pliszka; Dylan Walsh, Cole Richardson, Cole Dewhurst, Mauro Fernandez; Samuel White, Morris Matthews, Hikaru Fujiwara, Jack Panoyotou, Brandon Bueno; Jorge Alessandro Garcia Velasquez
New York Red Bulls U-15 (2) vs New England Revolution U-15 (0)
New York Red Bulls and New England Revolution closed out U-15 competition on Saturday with a slow start that left both sides scoreless through the first half. Revolution goalkeeper Brady Elmlad made several saves to keep New England alive, but unfortunately it was not enough as the ultimately fell 2-0 to New York.
It was the Serge Ngoma show in the second half, as he secured both goals for the Red Bulls, first in the 46th minute and the again in the 59th to cap off the night with a brace.
Scoring Summary 1 2 FT
New York Red Bulls U-15 0 2 2
New England Revolution U-15 0 0 0
NY: Serge Ngoma, 46'
NY: Serge Ngoma, 59'
New York Red Bulls U-15 Starting XI: Dreni Idrizi; Jackson ten Oever, Paul Smajlaj, Curtis Ofori, Erik Ruiz; Bento Estrela, Darsein Gabriel, Ezra Widman, Kyle Evans, James Lucas; Serge Ngoma
New England Revolution U-15 Starting XI: Brady Elmblad; Jack Burkhardt, Enrique Dias, John La Belle, Matiwos Rumley; Randy Vang, Hayes Benzan, Alessandro Bacabac-Crescini, Brady Lewis; Malcom Fry, Edward Fandunyan