BRACE FROM PATRICK BOHUI LEADS PHILADELPHIA UNION U-15 3-2 PAST FC DALLAS

By Jeremy Reid

OCEANSIDE, Calif. (June 21, 2018) - Patrick Bohui scored twice and Paxten Aaronson added a goal as the Philadelphia Union U-15 claimed a 3-2 victory over FC Dallas U-15 in Thursday's first feature game at the Development Academy Summer Showcase.

"It was a good level overall from both teams," said Philadelphia Union head coach Chris Brewer. "Two good teams, very aggressive styles and, from that standpoint, I was very pleased that both teams kept a high-level of performance. We started really well, we were up two-nil and I thought we were in control. From that point, the next 25-30 minutes I thought FC Dallas was clearly better than us, they got a goal back and deservedly they were back in the game.

"We found our way again and had a moment, then we hung on. We had some good discipline to close the game."

In a matchup of division winners, the Union got off to a quicker start, scoring a pair of goals inside the opening 10 minutes. Philadelphia netted its first just five minutes into the game, as Aaronson opened the scoring to give the Atlantic Division champs a 1-0 lead. Brandan Craig and Selmir Miscic played a give-and-go down the right wing before Craig found Aaronson streaking into the box all alone. The Union central midfielder made no mistake, powering a shot past FC Dallas goalkeeper Antonio Carerra to give the Union the early advantage.

Just five minutes later the Union doubled its advantage. Aaronson slipped a pass into the path of Marco Silva, whose shot was cleared off the line by the FC Dallas defense. The clearance only went as far as Bohui, who pounced on the ball to give the Union a 2-0 lead.

As the half progressed, FC Dallas found a few opportunities to cut the Philadelphia lead in half. Jonathan Gomez rattled the crossbar with a shot from near the top of the box and the rebound fell dangerously inside the six but the follow-up attempt was fired wide and the Union avoided the danger. Two minutes before the break, Dallas found another chance as Gomez streaked down the left wing and found the head of Will Heidman, but the center forward couldn't get over top of the ball and his header went just high over the crossbar.

Seven minutes into the second half FC Dallas was finally able to get on the board though Leonardo Aguirre. An initial attempt from Gomez was palmed away by Union goalkeeper Chay Kaplan, but the deflection went right into the path of Aguirre, who slotted the ball into the net to cut the Union advantage to 2-1.

In the 61st minute, Aaronson rang a shot off the crossbar as Philly nearly scored a third goal. Two minutes later, the Union added to their advantage as its high press led to a turnover in the back by FC Dallas. Bohui collected the ball inside the 18 and beat Carerra from a tight angle to restore the two-goal lead for the Union. Philadelphia nearly scored a fourth as Jack Roberto fired a long-distance shot that was Carerra tipped off the crossbar in the 74th minute.

Two minutes before full-time, FC Dallas notched a second off of a mistake in the back by Philadelphia. The ball fell to Eduardo Ruiz, who finished into an empty net to trim the Union lead to 3-2, but the Frontier Division champions were unable to find a third in the closing moments as Philadelphia held on for the win.

"You can't replicate the kind of environmental factors that are in a game like this," said Brewer. "There is real pressure. We can give them all of the tools in preparation that we have available to us, but we need them to have this experience. It accelerates their growth and helps them to see more clearly the things that they can do and, more importantly, the things that they need to continue to improve."

Both teams will return to action on Friday, June 22 at 11:15 a.m., as Philadelphia faces New York City FC and FC Dallas meets the New York Red Bulls.