Philadelphia Union Academy

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Two goalkeepers with local ties to compete in CONCACAF U17 Championship

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Tomas Romero and C.J. dos Santos will be on opposing sides in Group C play in Panama

Two goalkeepers with ties to the region and the Philadelphia Union Academy will be competing in the U17 CONCACAF Championship kicking off later this week in Panama.

Current academy and Bethlehem Steel FC goalkeeper Tomas Romero (Cherry Hill, N.

Matthew Freese called up to United States U19 camp

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The Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper part of 22-player roster for Florida camp

Philadelphia Union Academy goalkeeper Matthew Freese has caught the eye of a U.S. goalkeeping legend.

Freese was called up by United States U19 head coach Brad Friedel for a domestic training camp being held in Sunrise, Florida through February 10.

Justin McMaster commits to Wake Forest

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Bethlehem Steel FC and Union Academy forward has college soccer in his future planning

Wake Forest lost one recruit from the Philadelphia Union Academy for the fall but could be gaining another.

Forward Justin McMaster has committed to the ACC power for the fall, joining Union Academy and Bethlehem Steel FC teammate Mark McKenzie in the Demon Deacons potential 2017 recruiting class.

A look at Union Academy verbal commitments ahead of Signing Day

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Fourteen current Academy players have committed to college programs for the fall

College Signing Day is this Wednesday and, based on previous verbal commitments, there are at least four dozen players from the Philadelphia Union Academy who could be signing their national letters of intent on the first day of the signing period.

Union Academy midfielder commits to Cal Poly

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Manny Perez will be joining teammate Freeman Dwamena on the West Coast this fall

Former USMNT head coach Steve Sampson has another Philadelphia Union Academy player to look forward to coaching this fall with the recent verbal commitment from midfielder Emmanuel Perez.

Perez announced his decision on social media over the weekend about a month after defender Freeman Dwamena announced his own commitment to the Division 1 program.

Union Academy alum Connor Maloney drafted by Columbus Crew

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Maloney was the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall

Philadelphia Union Academy alum Connor Maloney was drafted on Tuesday by the Columbus Crew SC with the fifth pick in the third round and the 49th overall selection in the 2017 MLS SuperDraft.

Maloney, who will turn 22 in May, was on the Union team that won the 2012 Generation adidas Cup but did not qualify to sign a homegrown contract despite spending time at Reading United and training with the first team as recently as last summer.

Matthew Real signs pro contract with Bethlehem Steel FC

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Union Academy defender previously committed to Wake Forest

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Matthew Real has signed a professional contract with Bethlehem Steel FC.

The 17-year-old left back from Drexel Hill, Pa. previously committed to attend Wake Forest University this fall and is highly regarded by TopDrawerSoccer.

Two former Union youth players selected in first round

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Colton Storm drafted by SKC and Brian Nana-Sinkham taken by Seattle Sounders

Two former Philadelphia Union Academy defenders were taken in the first round of Friday's MLS SuperDraft.

North Carolina senior Colton Storm (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was selected 14th overall by Sporting Kansas City and Stanford senior Brian Nana-Sinkham (Lititz, Pa.

Postseason college soccer awards

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Players of the Year and Best XIs recognizing national, local and Philadelphia Union Academy players

Another college soccer season officially ended nearly two weeks ago, with a gut-wrenching penalty shootout that saw Stanford capture the national championship for the second straight season after a scoreless draw with Wake Forest.

A day at YSC Academy

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PSP's Tim Jones, a former longtime independent school teacher, reports his observations from spending a day in the classroom with the players who attend YSC Academy.

Union Academy midfielder called up to U.S. U16 team

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Axel Picazo named to 23-player roster for the IMG Cup

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder Axel Picazo is one of 23 players recently called up by head coach Shaun Tsakiris for a domestic training camp and tournament in Florida.

Picazo and the U.S. Under-16 Boys National Team play a friendly against Clearwater Chargers tonight in preparation for the IMG Cup December 17-19.

Union Academy defender verbally commits to Cal Poly

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Freeman Dwamena will head west to play college soccer in 2017

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Freeman Dwamena is heading west next fall to play college soccer for former USMNT coach Steve Sampson.

Dwamena, 18, of Philadelphia, verbally committed to Cal Poly on social media last week.

Philadelphia Union Academy defender commits to Drexel

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Patrick Murphy is staying close to home for college

Philadelphia Union Academy defender Patrick Murphy is staying close to home to play college soccer.

Murphy, of Lansdale, Pa., announced his decision on Twitter earlier this week.

I am extremely excited to announce that I have verbally committed to play soccer at Drexel University.

Philadelphia

Local college soccer standouts honored at Philly Soccer Six banquet

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Top players, coaches and teams were recognized Thursday evening

Philadelphia's six Division 1 men's soccer programs celebrated the 2016 season and honored the top players and coaches at the annual Philadelphia Soccer Six banquet on Thursday night.

Temple star Jorge Gomez Sanchez received the Chris Jones Player of the Year award while his teammate Joonas Jokinen was honored with the John McAdams Academic Player of the Year award.

Penn to play Pitt for the first time this March

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Penn will host cross-state rivals at Rhodes Field on March 25

After renewing their rivalry with Temple last fall, Pitt will be traveling to Philadelphia again this spring to take on another in-state program for the first time in a friendly on March 25.

Penn will host the Saturday afternoon match at Rhodes Field in West Philly at 2 p.

Bethlehem Steel FC

Yosef Samuel called in to United States U20 training camp in London

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The Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder is the lone call-up from the Union organization

Bethlehem Steel FC midfielder Yosef Samuel will have a chance to impress United States U20 head coach Tab Ramos ahead of the U20 World Cup at a training camp in London, England.

The 19-year-old Philadelphia Union Academy grad was one of 25 players called into the camp, which will be held through April 10.

United States U17 forward trained with Bethlehem Steel FC over the weekend

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Tonny Temple played for the Union U14 team from 2013-15

United States U17 forward Tonny Temple trained with Bethlehem Steel FC while he was back in the area over the weekend.

The Millville, Pa., native, who is part of the final class at the U17 U.S. Soccer Residency Program in Florida, came off the bench in the second half of a scrimmage for Steel FC against the first team on Saturday.

Yosef Samuel ready to compete at the next level with Bethlehem Steel FC

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Philadelphia Union Academy grad entering first full season with Bethlehem Steel FC

When Yosef Samuel signed his first professional contract with Bethlehem Steel FC last September, he had only a 29-minute cameo in the last game of the season to introduce himself to the league.

Five months later, the 19-year-old is back with the club in preseason preparing for his first full year in Bethlehem.

A quick look at new Steel signing Matt Real

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Tim Jones on new Bethlehem Steel signing, and Union Academy product, Matt Real.

Union bits, Toronto tops Montreal for Eastern Conference championship, more

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Union bits. Union Academy's McGann scores in US U-17s big win over Portugal. Toronto-Seattle MLS Cup final. Chapecoense plane reportedly ran out of fuel. More.

New York Red Bulls

Philadelphia Union Academy teams put in a perfect weekend

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Seacoast United, BW Gottschee and Lehigh Valley United all fell in matches against the Union over the weekend

Three different opponents all met the same fate in games against the Philadelphia Union Academy over the weekend as the Union U18, U16, U14, U13 and U12 teams outscored opponents 20-2 in six wins.

Philadelphia Union Academy season reopens with derby matches against Continental FC

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The local rivals (and some classmates at YSC Academy) face off on Sunday

The Philadelphia Union Academy teams will have their shortest road trip of the season this weekend when they visit local rivals Continental FC at The Proving Grounds in Conshohocken.

Six local derby matches will be played on Sunday between the two clubs, beginning with the U14s and two U12 games at 1 p.

Harrisburg City Islanders

Academy newcomer Jacob Shaffelburg makes debut in Bethlehem Steel FC friendly

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Berkshire School standout makes debut for Steel against Harrisburg City Islanders

A highly-ranked youth prospect from Canada has joined the Philadelphia Union Academy, making his debut for Bethlehem Steel in a friendly against Harrisburg City Islanders at YSC Sports on Thursday.

Jacob Shaffelburg checked into the game in the 70th minute for fellow countryman Chris Nanco.

Philadelphia Union Academy rewind: 2016 highlights

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A look back at an exciting calendar year for the Philadelphia Union Academy

While the end of the calendar year is in the middle of the U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, it's still a good time to look back on the highlights from the past 12 months in the Union's youth system.

Bethlehem Steel FC Established
The establishment of a USL team was arguably the most important youth development move the Philadelphia Union made in 2016.

Andre Blake

Union links, league news, more

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Could Union players face off in February's USA-Jamaica friendly? More Union notes. League news. More.

Blake named to MLS Best XI, Steel and Academy bits, new OC head coach, league news, more

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Blake first Union player since Le Toux in 2010 to receive MLS Best XI honor. Ocean City has a new head coach. More.

Fans vote Blake Union’s Player of the Year, Academy teams undefeated over the weekend, more

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Blake wins fan vote for Player of the Year. Academy teams undefeated in last games before USSDA winter break. LLoyd says USWNT should be paid more than USMNT. More news.

BSFC’s Burke scores winner in Jamaica’s Caribbean Cup win, Richter PK powers Cosmos to title, USA-Mexico fallout, more news.

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Blake captains Jamaica in Caribbean Cup qualifier as Burke scores game winner. Ryan Richter scores championship winning PK for Cosmos. Fallout for US loss to Mexico. More news.

Villanova

Villanova fall in overtime to Butler in Big East semifinal

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Butler defeated the Wildcats for the second time this season in overtime

For the second time this season, Butler forward David Goldsmith delivered a dagger to the gut in overtime to lead his team to victory over Villanova.

This time, it was a 1-0 win in double overtime that sent the Bulldogs into the Big East Championship final.

Villanova tops DePaul on PKs to advance to Big East semifinal

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Wildcats will travel to Indianapolis to meet Butler on Thursday

Villanova goalkeeper Will Steiner stopped three penalty kicks to lead the Wildcats to a 3-1 shootout win over DePaul after a scoreless draw at Higgins Soccer Complex on Sunday afternoon.

Villanova dug itself a hole in the shootout with misses on their first two attempts, but Steiner, who didn't have to make a save on the day until the second overtime, stood tall allowing only one of four attempts by him.

The Rest

Julian Anderson with United States U15 team at tournament in Italy

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Midfielder was one of 20 players chosen for the trip

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder Julian Anderson is currently away in Italy with the United States U15 team for the 2017 Torneo delle Nazioni.

Anderson, of Ocean Township, N.J., came off the bench for the U.S. in their first game of the tournament on Tuesday in the 64th minute.

Four Union Academy grads return to Reading United

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Will Campbell, Kevin Carvalho, Mo Conde and Zach Zandi to spend summer in Reading

Four Philadelphia Union Academy grads will return to Reading United for the 2017 Premier Development League season kicking off on May 13.

Defender Will Campbell (North Carolina), midfielders Kevin Carvalho (Northeastern), Zach Zandi (Villanova) and Mo Conde (University of Mobile) were announced as returnees by the club on Friday.

Philadelphia Union Academy teams remain unbeaten in 2017 after successful road trip

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The Union went 2-0-1 against Bethesda SC in Maryland; U12 team swept PA Classics at home

A pair of wins and a draw in Maryland along with a sweep at home for the U12 team over PA Classics gave the Philadelphia Union Academy another unbeaten weekend in U.S. Soccer Development Academy play.

The U18s made it four wins out of four for 2017 thanks to a 41st minute strike from Darius Lewis, who has scored in three straight games, two of those game-winners in 1-0 wins.

Philadelphia Union Academy grad Sean Wilson transferring to Xavier

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Bethlehem native will join Big East school this fall

After making only two appearances over two seasons in Chapel Hill, Philadelphia Union Academy grad Sean Wilson is moving to Big East program Xavier University this fall.

The Bethlehem native made his commitment this week.

One of the Union's top youth prospects heading into college, Wilson received numerous call-ups to U.

College Signing Day Tracker

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Tracking Philadelphia Union Academy and other signings of local importance on the first day of the college soccer signing period

Today is the first day of the college signing period for soccer, which means standout student athletes from the Philadelphia Union Academy / YSC Academy, Continental FC, PA Classics, Penn Fusion and other area clubs and high schools will make their commitments to play college soccer official.

Teaching “self-responsibility” at YSC Academy

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Tim Jones looks at how YSC Academy works to educate students for success, be it on the field or off.

Philadelphia Union Academy duo leaving Syracuse

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Morgan Hackworth and Chris Gomez are both heading to new schools

A pair of Syracuse players who spent time together in the Philadelphia Union Academy are leaving the program in search of playing time.

Midfielder Morgan Hackworth, is transferring to Akron, according to TopDrawerSoccer.

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder commits to Duquesne

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Omar Ayala verbally committed to the Atlantic 10 school on social media

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder Omar Ayala will be go to the opposite end of the state to play college next fall at Duquesne University.

The Union U18 midfielder announced his verbal commitment to the private Pittsburgh school on Instagram earlier this week.

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder/defender commits to Duke University

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Seth Kuhn verbally commits to the ACC school for the 2018 season

Philadelphia Union Academy midfielder/defender Seth Kuhn will be heading south to play college soccer in 2018.

The 16-year-old from Wyomissing, Pa. announced his verbal commitment to Duke University on Twitter last week.

Union bits, Winter Showcase win for Union Academy, more news

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