Philadelphia Union II

Union II in Colombia U18 tournament next week: Updated Monday

Photo posted on Twitter by Marlon LeBlanc

Union II will play in an international U18 tournament hosted by Real Cartagena in Columbia, Torneo Las Americas Elite.

The games will take place from October 18 to at least October 21 (and possibly October 24). Players Shanyder Borgelin and Gino Portella do not qualify because of age (too old) and Bajung Darboe will stay behind as well, presumably because of age (too young). U17 regulars Owen Moore, Daniel Krueger, and Gavin Wetzel will stay home with Darboe for U17 MLS NEXT matches.

The games will be 90 minutes, and there will be four of them in four days. So the Union’s new “Development Squad” coached by Fred da Silva will travel to Colombia with Union II to provide squad depth. The number of Union players traveling appears to total 29.

Below is a best estimate of the 13 Union II “regulars” likely to be making the trip. [Author’s note: the official travel roster was posted Monday, 10/18/21 slightly before noon. It is appended below.]

Goalkeeper – Andrew Rick

Left Back – Anton Sorenson; Left Center Back – Samuel Jones; Right Center Back – Brandan Craig;  Right Back – Jackson Gilman; Right Back – Francis Westfield

Defensive Center Mid – Diego Lopez; Right Center Mid – Jack Jasinski; Left Center Mid – Ian Abbey; Attacking Center Mid – Anthony Ramirez

Striker – Nelson Pierre; Striker Marcos Zambrano; Striker – Gael Medrano.

Matt Ralph of the Brotherly Game listed the Development Squad for its first game on September 1st.

Starters: GK – Owen Moore

Defenders – Sebastian Brandt, Sam Fenton, Robert Myrick, Kleberson Pereira

Midfielders – Sam Graham, Aiden O’Sullivan, Ritter Sunby, Sandu Zama

Strikers – Conor Clair and Paul Killeen

Bench – Ian Tunbull, Jak Higginbotham, Jordan Lawrence, Mathias Velasquez, Zakary Kandoussi.

Here is Union II’s tournament schedule. At this time it is doubtful that streaming will be available, but results will reported on the Union’s website.

  • Monday, October 18- Union II vs. Academia Alemena [11 a.m. ET]
  • Tuesday, October 19- Union II vs. Deportivo Cali [11 a.m. ET]
  • Wednesday, October 20- Union II vs. Club Deportivo Aston Villa [9 a.m. ET]
  • Thursday, October 21- Union II vs. Real Cartagena [11 a.m. ET]
  • Saturday, October 23- -[Semifinals]
  • Sunday, October 24- – [Final]

Here is the actual official travel roster for the Colombia trip. It was added to the bottom of the original announcement Monday 10/18.

Philadelphia Union II Traveling Roster

Goalkeepers: Damian Alguera, Owen Moore, Ian Turnbull.

Defenders: Brandan Craig, Samuel Fenton, Jackson Gilman,  Robert Myrick, Kleberson Pereira, Anton Sorenson, Ritter Sundby, Francis Westfield.

Midfielders: Ian Abbey, Jack Jasinski, Sam Jones, Anthony Ramirez, Jordan Lawrence, Diego Lopez.

Forwards: Paul Killen, Gael Medrano, Nelson Pierre, Marcos Zambrano

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