Purple Pipeline: Orlando City Academy U17, U15 and U13 get wins


Here's a look at the past two weeks for the Orlando City Academy via the Purple Pipeline, presented by adidas:

MLS NEXT U17: Lions secure three straight wins over New York Red Bulls, Athletum FC and IMG Academy

It's been a successful last few weeks for the young Lions, winning in three straight matches over the last few weekends. In the final weekend of October, they posted a 3-1 win over the New York Red Bulls, thanks to two goals from Dylan Judelson and a third from Theo França. To start the month of November, they secured a 4-1 win over Athletum FC, getting two goals from Gustavo Caraballo, with Judelson and Justin Ellis adding on. Finally this past weekend, they posted a shutout win over IMG Academy with a 2-0 win, as Zinedine Rodriguez and Clovis Archange got on the scoresheet.

Heading into next week, the young Lions will head down south to take on the South Florida Academy on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 4 p.m. ET. After that, they'll play in the Winter Fest out in Arizona, where they'll take on FC Dallas, Colorado Rapids and FC Cincinnati to start the month of December.

MLS NEXT U15: Lions get point vs. Red Bulls, wins over Athletum FC and IMG

Coming off consecutive draws, the U15 team had a resurgent performance over the last few weeks, getting results in its last three matches. After securing a 1-1 draw with the New York Red Bulls to end October, the young Lions notched a 3-1 win over Athletum FC with Jacob Garcia, Zach Olah and Tanner Miller scoring to secure the win. Riding that momentum, the U15 team went on a scoring tear in its most recent match, winning 9-0 over IMG Academy. Zack Olah scored twice, while Damian Gomez Calabro, Kamanzi Alibaruho, Jakob Garcia, Jacob Ramirez, Alberto Perez Chang, Sean Johnson and Ryker Aristodemo all added to the scoresheet.

Just like the U17 team, the U15 team will play down in Boca Raton against South Florida Academy on Saturday, Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. ET.

Following that, they will also play in the Winter Fest in Phoenix, Arizona, where they'll take on FC Cincinnati, LA Galaxy and St. Louis City over the second weekend in December.

MLS NEXT U13: Lions win three straight

It's been a good few weeks for one of the youngest groups in the OC Academy system, as the U13 team has rattled off three straight wins over its competition, two of them coming in shutouts. At the end of October, they beat OC South 1-0, with Daniel Perez scoring the goal. Their next game was the same scoreline over Athletum FC, with Lucas Smith scoring the lone goal. Then, this past weekend, the Young Lions secured a 4-2 win over IMG Academy as Nicolas Meloni, David Estrada, Matthew Teruel and Asher Palacios got the tallys.

Just like the other teams, the U13 team will play South Florida Academy on Saturday, Nov. 18, at noon.

International call-ups: Orlando City B and two academy players get opportunities

Tahir Reid-Brown and Luca Maxim from the U17 were called up to represent the US Youth National Team this past week, with Reid-Brown heading to Indonesia with the USYNT U-17 National Team to participate in the 2023 FIFA U-17 World Cup. Maxim will go to join the USYNT U-16 for training camp in Carson, California.

From Orlando City B, center back Nabi Kibunguchy will represent Kenya in the upcoming AFCON World Cup Qualifying.

You can read more on the call-ups and find the schedules of the young Lions players here.