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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.

La Salle alum named second-team all-USL

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Joe Farrell scored five goals and had an assist in his rookie season with Rochester Rhinos

Former La Salle defender/midfielder Joe Farrell was named to the USL all-league second team after a successful rookie season with Rochester Rhinos.

The Blue Bell, Pa. native who played for his dad Pat Farrell at La Salle from 2012-15, scored five goals and added an assist in 29 appearances for the Rhinos this season.

Union Academy

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.

Brendan Burke

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, Winter Showcase win for Union Academy, more news

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News and such to click on, you know.

Philadelphia Union

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.

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.

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.

Union links, Philly Unity Cup final at Citizens Bank Park on Saturday, more news

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Sapong on the 2016 season. Carroll on returning in 2017. Liberia-Ivory Coast Unity Cup final. MLS conference semi second legs on Sunday. More news.

Union bits, Academy results, Conference semifinals results, more

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News and such.

Thanks, Chicago! More news.

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Union disappoint in loss to Orlando even if all but assured of playoff spot. Union Academy results. League wrap. More news.

Union’s training facility gets a name, more news

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Union training facility now the Power Training Complex. More morning news.

The next wave of potential Union Academy breakthroughs

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Auston Trusty and Derrick Jones blazed the trail. Now PSP's Tim Jones takes a look at the wave of Philadelphia Union youth prospects bubbling up through the academy to Bethlehem Steel.

Andre Blake

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Villanova beats St. John’s for third straight win

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Philadelphia Union Academy alum Zach Zandi had a pair of assists to lead the Wildcats while Lafayette edged Lehigh in Wednesday action

Villanova moved into a tie for second place in the Big East with two games left after a 2-1 win over St. John's at Higgins Soccer Complex on Wednesday.

Junior Miguel Polley continued his fine form with a goal and freshman Jacob Anderson bagged the game winner with the help of a deflection.

GA Cup Day Three: Union U16s draw NYCFC, lose shootout

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The U16s finished the east qualifiers 1-1-1; D.C. United tops New England Revolution and Atlanta United wins PK shootout

Similar to their first game on Friday, the Philadelphia Union Academy U16 team started off strong but had their momentum interrupted by a whistle-happy ref in a 2-2 draw with New York City FC in their third Generation adidas Cup east regional match.