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Union II tops FC Motown on two set piece goals in friendly

Goals from Jackson Gilman and Jack Jasinski were the difference on a windy day in Chester



Set piece goals from Jack Jasinski and Jackson Gilman led Philadelphia Union II to a 2-0 win over FC Motown on a windy Sunday afternoon in Chester.

Coming off a 3-1 win over West Chester United, Union II was able to get a second straight result against one of West Chester’s rivals, a top amateur club in New Jersey that competes in the NPSL, Northeast Elite Soccer League and USL League Two.

“We were pretty good today with our attacks coming from really good defending and we pressed really well,” Philadelphia Union II head coach Marlon LeBlanc said in a recap on the team website. “We are very young with quite a bit of the U-17s to balance us out but all together we were very good. Our pressing is good and it is leading to some attacks.”

As they did last week, Union II had three different lineups playing three 30-minute periods. Forward Shaynder Borgelin was unavailable because he went to Florida with the first team thin at the forward spot. Diego Lopez returned to the team after a U16 camp with Mexico and Caden Stafford was also back with the group. Highly touted 2006-born prospect Bajung Darboe played in the third period.

Up next, Union II hosts Vereinigung Erzgebirge on Saturday.

Scoring Summary:
PHI – 26’ Jackson Gilman (Anthony Ramirez)
PHI – 40’ Jack Jasinski

Union II Lineup (1’-30’): Trialist GK; Anton Sorenson, Ben Ofeimu, Mani Diop, Jackson Gilman; Dante Huckaby, Diego Lopez, Jack Jasinski, Sean Bettenhausen; Caden Stafford, Anthony Ramirez

Union II Lineup (31’-60’): Ben Martino; Anton Sorenson, Ben Ofeimu, Mani Diop, Jackson Gilman; Dante Huckaby, Diego Lopez, Jack Jasinski, Sean Bettenhausen; Jake Spadafora, Anthony Ramirez

Union II Lineup (61’-90’): Mitch Budler; Anton Sorenson, Samuel Jones, Mani Diop, Jackson Gilman; Dante Huckaby, Jack Jasinski, Sean Bettenhausen (Ben Ofeimu 73’), Bajung Darboe; Anthony Ramirez (Jake Spadafora 73’), Ian Abbey

Matthew Ralph is the managing editor of Philadelphia Soccer Now / Brotherly Game. He's covered soccer at all levels for many years in the Philadelphia region and has also written for, NPSL, PrepSoccer and other publications. He lives with his wife and two young children in Broomall, Pa., but grew up in South Jersey and is originally from Kansas.

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