Young squad performs well in Head Coach Sven Gartung's debut
CHESTER, Pa. - The Philadelphia Union II played to a 0-0 draw in the 2020 season opener at home Saturday night. Head Coach Sven Gartung and newly signed midfielder Jack McGlynn both made their Union II debuts. Union II outshot Loudoun United FC 14 to five on the night and saw a potential match winner find the post in the 90th minute. Union II returns to action next weekend Saturday, March 14 at WakeMed Soccer Park against North Carolina FC (2:30 p.m. ET /ESPN+).
Philadelphia Union II 0 - Loudon United 0
Subaru Park (Chester, Pa.)
Saturday, March 7, 2020
TODAY'S MATCH INFO:
Referee: Thomas Snyder
Weather: 39 degrees and clear
LDN - Allexon Saravia (caution) 45+3'
PHI - Cole Turner (caution) 59'
PHI - Ben Ofeimu (caution) 82'
PHI - Dante Huckaby (caution) 87'
Philadelphia Union II: Matt Freese; Nathan Harriel (Issa Rayyan, 45'), Ben Ofeimu, Dante Huckaby, Tyger Evans; Danny Flores (Jack McGlynn, 62'), Cole Turner, Axel Picazo, Jack de Vries (Zach Zandi, 70'); Yomi Scintu, Shanyder Borgelin
Substitutes not used: Todd Morton, Steve Kingue
Louduon United FC: Colin Miller; Shane Wiedt, Peabo Doue, Adam Lundegard, Allexon Saravia; Elvis Amoh (Theodore Ku-Dipietro, 45'), Kevin Paredes, Moses Nyeman, Michael Gamble (Brandon Williamson, 76'); Jeremy Garay, Alioune Ndour (Josh Fawole, 57')
Substitutes not used: Jake Dengler, Ally Nganzi, Lorenzo Gordon, Jacon Greene
16-year old midfielder Jack McGlynn made his professional debut one day after signing his first pro contract, coming on as a substitute in the 62nd minute.
18-year old midfielder Axel Picazo wore the captain's armband for the first time. He completed 86% of his passes, created two chances and put a shot on target in 90 minutes of action.
The Union II high-pressure style was efficient with the Union offense outshooting Loudoun United 14-5, winning 72 duels and only allowing 22% of the possession in its own third.
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