Philadelphia Union wins U-13 Concacaf Champions League title

The Philadelphia Union beat Santa Ana of El Salvador, 2-1, in Saturday’s final to win the 2019 Under-13 Concacaf Champions League crown at the Costa Rican soccer federation's training center.

The Union got goals from Matthew Routzhan and Angel Medrano -- his sixth goal in three games in the knockout round and 10th of the tournament -- and then held off a Santa Ana comeback attempt.

Mexican-born Medrano scored four goals in a span of 23 minutes in the Union’s 4-1 win over Guerreros Coahuila of Mexico in the quarterfinals. In the semifinals, the Union beat Comunicaciones of Guatemala, 3-0, with goals from Dominic Wilson, Routzahn and Medrano, who had starred for the Michigan Jaguars at the USYS U-13 national championships this summer.

The Union beat Honduran club Luz y Vida, 8-0, Costa Rica's Futbol Consultants, 2-0, and Mexico's Chapulineros de Oaxaca, 3-1, in the group stage.

The two other MLS entrants, the Vancouver Whitecaps and Montreal Impact, lost in the Shield final and third-place games, respectively.
4 comments about "Philadelphia Union wins U-13 Concacaf Champions League title".
  1. Bob Ashpole, August 18, 2019 at 3:37 p.m.

    What is the purpose of a U13 international club competition? 

  2. E Velazquez, August 18, 2019 at 4:26 p.m.

    To compete and start early passion for gootball aiming to become one day a member of the USMNT. Do you agree?

  3. Bob Ashpole replied, August 18, 2019 at 5 p.m.

    No. Unless things have changed, the youngest national team is U14, same as ODP, and that is run for in-camp scouting and identification purposes, not for competitions.

    That I agree with. Although this one is very new, I realize that there have other international tournaments every year, but I don't think weekend tournaments are good for anyone's development. CONCACAF intends the competition to be for professional teams, not amateurs. The format is 16 teams in 4 groups so they play as many as 5 matches in 11 days.   

  4. Bob Ashpole replied, August 22, 2019 at 9:07 a.m.

    I just looked at a video highlights of the tournament out of concern that it was a tournament of early bloomers. You can judge for yourself.

    The problem with an emphasis on winning U13 competitions is that priority is given to current performance over future potential. Where will the early bloomers be 5 years from now after they lose their temporary physical advantages?

    For those kids who make the team without physical growth advantages, the experience is great. Maybe some of the early bloomers have more than early growth going for them. Time will tell. 

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