RECAP: PHILADELPHIA UNION U-16/17 COMES BACK TO DEFEAT SEATTLE SOUNDERS U-16/17 4-2

LAKEWOOD RANCH (Dec. 2, 2017) - The Philadelphia Union U-16/17s rode a hat trick from Aboubacar Camara and a free kick strike from Nick Blacklock to erase a 2-0 first-half deficit and earn an impressive 4-2 comeback victory against Seattle Sounders FC U-16/17 in the third showcase game of the 2017 Boys' U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase at Premier Sports Campus.

Seattle ran out to an early third-minute lead when Alec Diaz slipped a ball through for Daniel Robles, who slotted a hard, low effort past Kris Shakes.

Sounders FC would then jump out to a two-goal lead when Christian Koontz was upended on the right side of the penalty area, forcing the referee to point to the spot. Marlon Vargas stepped up on the quarter-hour mark and slotted his low penalty just to the right of Shakes to double the advantage.

Awakened from the two goals, it didn't take long for the Union to cut back in to the lead. After some nice interplay on the left, Blacklock chipped a beautiful cross from the left to find Camara. The center forward sent a simple, flick-on header towards goal which beat Robert Harraka in the 22nd minute.

Shakes then dusted off the early double from Seattle with a fantastic save in the 26th minute. Robles found space on the right before centering a pass for Vargas, but his first-time effort in the area was nicely turned away by the Union netminder.

Galvanized by that stop, the Union would pull level on the half-hour mark. Having won a free kick on the left, Blacklock lobbed an effort which bounced just before the goal line, sneaking inside the lower left post to send the teams into the break locked 2-2.

Philadelphia would extend their comeback, taking the lead in the 46th minute. Seattle failed to clear a bouncing ball from the area and Union midfielder Cole turner alertly nodded back into the box, where Camara latched on and cleverly picked out the near post for his second of the game.

Camara would become the hat-trick hero just after the hour mark. A ball played into the middle for him was initially intercepted by Seattle midfielder Peter Kingston, but Camara won it back outside the area, turned and lofted a long-range effort just inside the left post in the 64th minute to hand Philly an impressive comeback win.