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Union 2 withdraws from tournament in Colombia after fire at hotel

One individual in the traveling party was treated for minor smoke inhalation



Philadelphia Union 2 is returning home to Philadelphia from Colombia after being awoken early Wednesday morning to a fire in the hotel where they were staying.

One individual in the traveling party, which included 21 players, coaches and staff members, was treated for minor smoke inhalation but the rest of the group staying at the hotel in Cartagena were evacuated safely, according to a statement from the club.

Union 2 was set to play their third group match in the Torneo Las Americas Elite on Wednesday morning. They won the first two matches of the U18 competition on Monday and Tuesday.

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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