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Reading United falls in PDL semis

Reading United lost 2-1 to the Portland Timbers U-23s on Friday night in the Premier Development League semifinals.

The Philadelphia Union affiliate went into the second half having played a scoreless first, but Portland’s Paul Ogunyemi netted three minutes into the second half to put his team ahead. Reading’s Aquilas Levi Houapeu equalized in the 73rd minute, but Portland put in the winning goal just a minute later when Freddie Braun scored to make it 2-1.

Portland then defeated Thunder Bay 4-1 in the final to become PDL champs for the year.

Reading got this far by having won its division and the Eastern Conference in a hugely successful campaign.

The club was then forced to play early the next afternoon in the consolation match against Baton Rouge, where they lost on penalty kicks.

(Photo: USL)

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