FRISCO - The 2018 Generation adidas Cup will return to Toyota Soccer Center beginning on March 23 as 20 MLS Academy sides and 12 top-flight Academies from around the world compete in the week-long showcase.
FC Dallas' U-17 side has once again qualified for the Championship Division, pitting the best MLS clubs against some of the most renowned Academy teams globally. The tournament will also feature a U-12 bracket for the 20 MLS Academy teams participating, consisting of small-sided 7-v-7 competitions held from March 29-31.
GA Cup Championship Division Groups
|Group A||Group B||Group C||Group D|
|C.A. River Plate||Atlanta United||Atletico Paranaense||A.S. Monaco FC|
|D.C. United||Flamengo||New York City FC||FC Dallas|
|Eintracht Frankfurt||Independiente del Valle||Real Madrid C.F.||LA Galaxy|
|Toronto FC||Portland Timbers||Sporting KC||Pachuca|
“The industry leading partnership between adidas and Major League Soccer continues to drive the evolution of player development in North America through the growth and success of programs like the Generation adidas Cup. With all MLS Academy teams participating, along with renowned international clubs such as Real Madrid and River Plate, the Generation adidas Cup provides a world class platform for North America’s best players to measure themselves,” said Aaron Maines, Director of Soccer Sports Marketing for adidas.
Since the tournament’s inception in 2007, D.C. United has won the title a record three times (2007, 2009, 2010), while Real Salt Lake (2008), LA Galaxy (2011) and Philadelphia Union (2012) have each won once. International clubs have taken home the top prize four times, with the English Premier League’s Stoke City winning in 2014 and Argentina’s River Plate claiming the Champions title in 2015, 2016 and 2017. New York City FC, meanwhile defeated Tigres UANL last year to claim the Premier title.
“The Generation adidas Cup is a world-class competition that offers MLS Academy teams the opportunity to compete against some of the most talented youth players. With the addition of the scouting seminars this year, we are excited to see the continued evolution and growth of this event,” said MLS Technical Director of Competition Alfonso Mondelo. “The level and quality of the competition continues to rise year after year and provides a platform in which to display and evaluate the growth of MLS’ youth development system across North America.”
FC Dallas U-17 Group Stage Schedule
|Friday, March 23||2:30PM||A.S. Monaco FC||7|
|Sunday, March 25||6:15PM||Pachuca||4|
|Tuesday, March 27||4:45PM||LA Galaxy||6|