Craig and Sullivan make their first-ever starts with Sorenson making his USL Championship debut as Union II falls to new Group F leaders
PITTSBURGH, Pa. - The Philadelphia Union II was on the road Saturday night falling to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds 4-0. The first half was controlled by Pittsburgh who went into halftime with a 3-0 lead. Union II played well in the second half, outshooting the Riverhounds eight to one, but it would not be enough to get Philadelphia back in the match. Union II is back at home, Wednesday, August 5 hosting New York Red Bulls II at Subaru Park (7:30 p.m. ET /ESPN+).
Philadelphia Union II 0 - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 4
Highmark Stadium (Pittsburgh, Pa.)
Saturday, August 1, 2020
TODAY'S MATCH INFO:
Referee: Kevin Fikar
Assistant Referee: Ross Kleinstuber, Brad Snow
4th Official: James Duling
Weather: 75 degrees and cloudy
PIT - Steevan Dos Santos (Kenardo Forbes) 22'
PIT - Thomas Vancaeyezeele (Kenardo Forbes) 36'
PIT - Steevan Dos Santos 42'
PIT - Ryan James (Anthony Velarde) 65'
PHI - Axel Picazo (caution) 38'
PHI - Paxten Aaronson (caution) 73'
PHI - Danny Flores (caution) 88'
Philadelphia Union II: Mitchell Budler; Dante Huckaby, Jamoi Topey (Anton Sorenson, 45'), Ben Ofeimu, Brandan Craig (Jack Jasinski 45'); Jack McGlynn, Danny Flores, Axel Picazo (Patrick Bohui, 67'), David Rabadan (Steve Kingue, 67'); Selmir Miscic, Quinn Sullivan (Paxten Aaronson, 45')
Substitutes not used: Ben Martino
Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Tomas Gomez; Ryan James, Thomas Vancaeyezeele, Skyler Thomas, Jordan Dover; Robbie Metz (Lukas Fernandes, 78'), Kenardo Forbes (Dakota Barnathan, 69'), Dani Rovira, Danny Griffin; Roppapa Mensah (Anthony Velarde, 54'), Steevan Dos Santos (Mark Forrest, 69')
Substitutes not used: Danny Vitiello, Anthony Mwembia, Hunter Ashworth
Youth is a common theme for Union II and it was on full display in tonight's match against Pittsburgh. The average age of the starting Xl against the Riverhounds was just 17.8-years old. After Union II made its five substitution the overall age of the 16 players to take the field dropped to 17.5.
The oldest player on the pitch was 20-year old defender Jamoi Topey, who earned the captain's armband for the first time this season. Six 16-year old players saw action in tonight's match in Brandan Craig, Quinn Sullivan, Anton Sorenson, Paxten Aaronson, Jack Jasinski and Patrick Bohui.
Academy players Brandan Craig and Quinn Sullivan made their first-ever USL Championship starts. It was also the USL Championship debut for defender Anton Sorensen who took two shots, completed 78.6% of his passes and won two tackles in 45 minutes of action.
In a side that has seen rotation in the starting Xl, defenders Ben Ofeimu and Dante Huckaby have been mainstays. The two have started all five matches and played all 450 minutes of the 2020 season.
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