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Impact youth teams face Empire United in the Development Academy

The Impact U15, U17 and U19 will play their first away game of the season this Sunday, in West Henrietta, against the Empire United Development Academy teams, starting at 10am.

All three Bleu-blanc-noir teams made no mistake last weekend at Centre Nutrilait, against FC Westchester, ending the day with three wins.

Last results

Impact U15 – FC Westchester U15

2-1 win – Goals from Tomas Giraldo and Rida Zouhir

Impact U17 – FC Westchester U17

3-1 win – Goals from Calin Calaidjoglu, Woobens Pacius and Mouhamadou Kane

Impact U19 – FC Westchester U19

4-0 win – Goals from Mathieu Choinière, Tristano Fasulo, Daniel Kinumbe and Protais Mutambala

Head to Head

Last year, the Impact U18 won both matches against Empire United – a 5-0 away win and 2-0 win at home. The U16s lost their first away game 2-0, but won 4-1 at Centre Nutrilait.

Opponent’s results

In its first games of the season, Empire United’s U15s and U19s both lost 3-1 against New England Revolution, while the U17 team won 3-2 against the MLS academy.

Last year, Empire United’s U18s finished the season with a 7-14-3 record and the U16 team finished with 9-13-4.

About Empire United

Located in West Henrietta, New York, the Empire United Soccer Academy is the result of three clubs of the area – Rochester Junior Rhinos, Syracuse Football Club and Buffalo United Soccer Club – joining forces in 2007.

Then, the club started playing in the Development Academy, helping players in its area progress all the way to American college level.

Four of their players made it to MLS even if, for some, it was not a very long experience.

Liam Callahan was drafted by the Colorado Rapids in 2017, before being released. Ethan Cutler was also drafted this year by the New York Red Bulls and now plays with their USL team.

Two players had a little bit more success. After signing with Real Salt Lake in 2013, Jordan Allen has now played 51 MLS games. The other player is Toronto FC’s starting goalkeeper, Alex Bono, who was drafted by the Reds in 2015.