Union II Edged by Hartford Athletic 3-2
CHESTER, Pa. - The Philadelphia Union II took on Hartford Athletic at home Wednesday night, falling 3-2 in a well-played match. Hartford Athletic opened the scoring early in the eighth minute with a penalty from Mads Jorgensen and a goal in the 15th minute by Alex Lara. An own goal by Hartford's Idan Cohen made it 2-1 going into halftime. Caden Stafford found the net in the 60th minute to equalize, but Hartford's Danny Barrera scored the game winning goal in the 90th minute. Union II returns to action on Saturday, October 3rd for their final regular season match against Pittsburgh Riverhounds at Highmark Stadium (7:30 p.m. ET /ESPN+).
Philadelphia Union II 2 - Hartford Athletic 3
Subaru Park (Chester, PA.)
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
TODAY'S MATCH INFO:
Referee: Christian Centeno
Assistant Referee: Zeno Cho, Alexandru Focea
4th Official: Joshua Pagan
Weather: 63 degrees and clear
HFD - Mads Jorgensen (penalty) 8'
HFD - Alex Lara (unassisted) 15'
PHI - Idan Cohen (own goal) 22'
PHI - Caden Stafford (Harriel) 60'
HFD - Danny Barrera (unassisted) 90'
PHI - Mitchell Budler (caution) 7'
HFD - Alex Dixon (caution) 25'
PHI - Anthony Sorenson (caution) 42'
HFD - Sam Strong (caution) 55'
HFD - Matheus Silva (caution) 78'
Philadelphia Union II: Mitchell Budler, Nathan Harriel, Dante Huckaby, Brandan Craig, Anthony Sorenson, Jack de Vries (Issa Rayyan 64'), Cole Turner (Danny Flores 75'), Jack McGlynn, Paxten Aaronson ( Zach Zandi 75'), Patrick Bohui (Axel Picazo 75'), Caden Stafford (Quinn Sullivan 89')
Substitutes not used: Ben Martino, Jack Jasinski
Hartford Athletic: Michael Novotny, Matheus Silva (Danny Barrera 81'), Sam Strong, Alejandro Lara, Idan Cohen (Conor McGlynn 57'), Mads Jorgensen (Aiden Mesias 57'), Gabriel Torres (Tyreke Johnson 69') Justin Haak, Arthur Rogers, Alex Dixon, Alfonso VÃ¡zquez (Markus Naglestad 69')
Substitutes not used: Michael Downs, Andre Deas
For the first time in club history the entire starting XI and matchday roster were products of the Union Academy...it was the youngest lineup in club history at 17.3... it was also the youngest starting XI in USL Championship history.
Caden Stafford scored his second goal of the season tonight.
Union homegrown midfielder Jack de Vries started his second game for Union II in the 2020 season. He last appeared for the squad in the season opener on March 7th and this was his fifth USL Championship appearance of his career.
Union II midfielder Zach Zandi returned to the squad from injury with an appearance in the 75'. The former academy product last appeared for the club back on July 18th against Pittsburgh Riverhounds.
Union Academy goalkeeper Mitch Budler returned to the lineup between the posts for his sixth start of the season. Budler last started back on Sept. 6 at the Tampa Bay Rowdies.
Union Academy defenders Brandan Craig and Anthony Sorenson made their 10th career starts for the Boys in Blue.
Signed Union Homegrown defender Nathan Harriel made his 35th career appearance for the club tonight with a start at right back.
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