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Five players make their debut in Union II's return to play

July 18, 2020 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - Philadelphia Union News Release

CHESTER, Pa. - The Philadelphia Union II fell to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC, Saturday night, in the teams return to action after a four-month hiatus. The team looked sharp in the first half, creating multiple scoring chances, including an Axel Picazo volley that deflected off the keeper in the 6th minute. Pittsburgh took control of the match in the second half and came away with their second victory of the season. Union II returns to action Wednesday, July 22 at Subaru Park against New York Red Bulls II (7:30 p.m. ET /ESPN+).

Philadelphia Union II 0 - Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC 6

Subaru Park (Chester, Pa.)

Saturday, July 18, 2020

TODAY'S MATCH INFO:

Referee: Thomas Snyder

Assistant Referee: Patrick Casey, Alexandru Focea

4th Official: Joshua Encarnacion

Attendance: Close-Doored

Weather: 90 degrees and clear

GOALS/ASSISTS:

PIT - Ropapa Mensah (Daniel Griffin) 29'

PIT - Daniel Griffin (Robbie Mertz) 37'

PIT - Anthony Velarde (Kenardo Forbes) 59'

PIT - Lukas Fernandes (Daniel Griffin) 67'

PIT - Steevan Dos Santos (Kenardo Forbes) 81'

PIT - Steevan Dos Santos (Kenardo Forbes) 87'

DISCIPLINARY SUMMARY:

PHI - Nathan Harriel (caution) 58'

LINEUP:

Philadelphia Union II: Ben Martino; Nathan Harriel, Ben Ofeimu, Jamoi Topey (Jack Jasinski, 45'), Dante Huckaby; Steve Kingue, David Rabadan, Axel Picazo (Selmir Miscic, 78'), Zach Zandi (Danny Flores); Shanyder Borgelin (Saed Diaz, 45'), Yomi Scintu ( Quinn Sullivan, 45')

Substitutes not used: Mitch Budler, Jack McGlynn

Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Tomas Gomez; Jordan Dover (Daniel Rovir, 72'), Thomas, Vancaeyezeele, Hunter Ashworth, Ryan James; Kenardo Forbes, Robbie Mertz (Steevan Dos Santos, 81'), Daniel Griffin (Dakota Barnathan, 72'); Anthony Velarde ( Lukas Fernandes, 63'), Ropapa Mensah (Mark Forrest, 64')

Substitutes not used: Daniel Vitiello, Dzhelil Asani

TEAM NOTES:

It was a night of debuts for Union II. Defender Nathan Harriel made his professional debut, playing all 90 minutes, winning 10 duels and completing 24 passes on the night. Goalkeeper Ben Martino and midfielder David Rabadan made their first appearances for Union II as starters. Midfielder Quinn Sullivan and defender Jack Jasinski also made their Union II debuts as second half subs.

Union II veteran Zach Zandi earned the captain armband and the start on his 24th birthday. He registered a team-high two key passes and completed 81% of his passes in 45 minutes of action. Zandi has made 32 appearances (second most for any active player), played over 2,500 minutes, scored three goals and registered six assists for Union II.

Midfielders Axel Picazo and Zach Zandi had a strong connection in tonight's match. Zandi provide the final pass on all three of Picazo's shots on the night in just the first 10 minutes of the match. The first nearly found the back of the net if not for quick reflexes by the Pittsburgh keeper, while the final two both just missing the far post.


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