MLS Exchange Game 2019

2019 Unified Union

On Sunday, September 22, 2019, a Special Olympics Pennsylvania Unified soccer team comprised of students from Horace Furness High School and George Washington High Schools represented the Philadelphia Union in a match against the New York Red Bulls' Unified team.

On a beautiful afternoon for soccer in Harrison, NJ, the Union came away with a thrilling 3-2 victory in front of a crowd of family, friends and volunteers. Forward Zachary Gender got the Union on the board in the first minute and followed up with his second goal later in the first half. The Union's third goal was scored by Andrees Hogan and helped the team take a 3-1 lead into the half. After the Red Bulls scored a midway through the second half to close within one, stout defense and some excellent goalkeeping from Hogan ensured that the Union left the field victorious.

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Following the match, both teams received their medals and celebrated with a bar-b-que before watching the professional match later in the evening. During halftime of that match, the Unified teams were honored on the field and received a rousing ovation from the crowd in attendance.

The Philadelphia Union and Special Olympics Pennsylvania have formed a strong partnership that has built its program around training, friendly competition, and providing social experiences for their athletes, partners, and their families.

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Click here to view event photos!

Click here to learn more about Special Olympics Pennsylvania's Unified Champion Schools program.

View a short video from the Philadelphia Union's Facebook page.

Check out the live stream of the match from NYRB.

Check out the Roster below and via the Philadelphia Union:

Kassim Rollerson

10

George Washington

Athlete

Zachary Gender

12

George Washington

Athlete

Andrees Hogan

1

Furness

Athlete

Bivek Gurung

3

Furness

Partner

Andy Tran

8

Furness

Athlete

Mark Donahue

23

George Washington

Athlete

Bimal Tamang

2

Furness

Partner

Nima Tamang

5

Furness

Partner

Dispendra Subba

13

Furness

Partner

Millan Rai

17

Furness

Partner

Rahmeek Fenning

52

Furness

Athlete

Todd Dobbins

40

Furness

Athlete

Arpan Bhujel

4

Furness

Partner

Andrea Islas-Correa

15

Furness

Partner

Coaches: John DiCiccio and Rene Justis