Purple Pipeline: Orlando City U15s blank Columbus Crew to advance to Generation adidas Cup semifinals


Semifinals, here come the Lions.

The 10th-seeded Orlando City under-15 squad continued its dream run at the 2023 Generation adidas Cup with a 2-0 clean-sheet victory over No. 15 Columbus Crew in Thursday's quarterfinals at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla.

The young Lions move on to face the third-seeded Philadelphia Union -- which knocked off Spanish side Real Madrid in penalties Thursday -- in Saturday's semifinal at noon on MLS Season Pass. The winner will meet either MLS side Austin FC or Belgian club KRC Genk in Sunday's championship final.

Gustavo Delgado continued his torrid pace for Orlando with two more goals in the match to bring his total to a team-high five for the tournament. In addition to his brace against the Crew, Delgado previously scored three times in the Group Stage against Minnesota United, Danish side FC Nordsjaelland and Houston Dynamo.

Orlando City's U17s, which fell to NYCFC on Wednesday to move to the Showcase Bracket, faced Houston on Thursday and will close out the tournament against Strikers FC on Saturday at 2 p.m. and Remo Stars FC of Nigeria on Sunday at 2:30 p.m.

Generation adidas Cup U15 semifinals: Orlando City vs. Philadelphia Union

When: Saturday, noon

Where: IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.

TV: MLS Season Pass on Apple TV (subscription required)