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Philadelphia Union U17s back in GA Cup final after 2-0 win over Flamengo



Diego Rocio can’t stop scoring.

The Philadelphia Union U17 forward followed up his brace in Friday’s quarterfinal with another brace in a 2-0 win over Flamengo to book a return visit to the Generation adidas Cup final.

Rocio opened the scoring in the first half with a well-takebn free kick goal set up by a silly foul committed on Anisse Saidi during a long free kick. He scored again off a diagonal ball from Jamir Johnson to make it 2-0 just after halftime.

Flamengo shot themselves in the foot again with another silly foul that gave the Union a man advantage through the latter stages of the second half. Still with Flamengo pushing numbers forward, goalkeeper Gavin Atkinson had to make a big save with his leg on a 1v1 chance to prevent a comeback.

Now, after beating opponents from four different countries in four straight games, the Union will face off against LA Galaxy for a chance to claim a second straight GA Cup crown and third overall.

The game kicks off at 5 p.m. Sunday and will be broadcast live on MLS Season Pass.

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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