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2018-19 Generation adidas Cup kicks off

Article Written by Travis Clark
Published: October 9, 2018

Twenty-one MLS Academy franchises sent their youth sides into action over the weekend, kicking off the 2018-19 edition of the Generation adidas Cup.

The weekend featured games in the U15 (born in 2004 or after) and U17 (Born in 2002 or after) age groups. Below is a recap and standings from the action.

East Regional (Philadelphia Union Training Field)

U17s

Both New York sides finished without a loss in this age group. New York City FC topped host side Philadelphia 1-0 to open the weekend, before topping D.C. United on penalty kicks after a 0-0 draw. In Monday’s finale, the Citizens beat Atlanta United in a 3-2 encounter.

The Red Bulls were the odd team out of the seven sides competing in the shadow of Talen Energy Stadium. Kicking off on Saturday, New York managed to beat Orlando City by a 3-2 score on Saturday, and topped rivals D.C. United in a 2-0 win on October 8.

Both the hosts Union and D.C. United finished their respective three-game stretch with a 1-1-1 record. Philadelphia beat New England on penalty kicks after a 3-3 draw, and sit a point ahead of D.C. in the standings.

TeamPtsWLD (PK Wins)GFGAGD
New York City FC 8 2 0 1 (1) 4 2 +2
New York Red Bulls 6 2 0 0 5 2 +3
Philadelphia Union 5 1 1 1 (1) 5 4 +2
D.C. United 4 1 1 1 5 2 +3
New England Revolution 3 0 0 2 (1) 5 5 0
Atlanta United 1 0 1 1 4 5 -1
Orlando City SC 0 0 3 0 2 10 -8

U15s

Three teams finished the opening weekend without a loss, as Philadelphia won two of three, D.C. United won once and drew twice (winning and losing each respective shootout), while the Red Bulls posted a 1-0-1 mark.

TeamPtsWLD (PK Wins)GFGAGD
Philadelphia Union 8 2 0 1 (1) 9 2 +7
D.C. United 6 1 0 2 (1) 5 4 +1
New York Red Bulls 5 1 0 1 (1) 8 3 +5
New England Revolution 3 1 1 0 1 2 -1
New York City FC 3 0 1 2 (1) 3 8 -5
Atlanta United 1 0 1 1 2 3 -1
Orlando City SC 1 0 2 1 4 10 -6

Central Region (BMO Training Field)

U17s

It’s never a surprise to see FC Dallas come away from a Generation adidas Cup trip with a perfect record. That’s exactly what they managed from their trip to Toronto, beating Sporting KC 3-0, Montreal Impact 2-1 and edging the hosts TFC 2-1. U.S. youth international Dante Sealy topped the age group in this region with three goals.

A lot has been made of Toronto FC’s accomplishments with its academy, and aside from the loss to FCD, the Canadian side excelled. They beat Columbus Crew SC 2-0 and the Chicago Fire by the same score, before succumbing to Dallas on Monday.

Despite the loss to Toronto, it wasn’t a bad weekend for the Crew. Despite the lingering uncertainty of the franchise’s future, it keeps plugging away and improving at the academy level. After opening with the defeat to TFC, the Crew bounced back with a 3-0 defeat of Sporting KC and a 4-3 win against Houston Dynamo.

TeamPtsWLD (PK Wins)GFGAGD
FC Dallas 9 3 0 0 7 2 +5
Columbus Crew SC 6 2 0 0 7 3 +4
Toronto FC 6 2 1 0 5 2 +3
Houston Dynamo 3 1 1 0 5 5 0
Sporting Kansas City 3 1 2 0 2 7 -5
Montreal Impact 0 0 2 0 2 4 -2
Chicago Fire 0 0 2 0 1 4 -3

U15s

Host side Toronto dominated at this age group, with Hugo Mbonge and Jahkeele Marshall-Rutty combining to score 11 goals across three wins. Chicago Fire and Columbus Crew were right behind the hosts, each finishing with 2-0-1 records.

TeamPtsWLD (PK Wins)GFGAGD
Toronto FC 9 3 0 0 14 3 +11
Chicago Fire 8 2 0 1 (1) 3 0 +3
Columbus Crew SC 7 2 0 1 3 1 +2
Sporting Kansas City 3 1 2 0 3 5 -2
Houston Dynamo 0 0 3 0 2 8 -6
Minnesota United FC 0 0 3 0 0 8 -8

West Regional (RSL Training Field)

U17s

The Sounders and LA Galaxy were the two sides among the older group to emerge undefeated. Seattle won twice, edging Real Salt Lake 1-0 and topping Colorado 2-0, after opening the weekend with a 1-1 draw against the Portland Timbers. The Sounders won on penalty kicks, which are used at this stage of the competition – and tack on an extra point in the standings.

Playing just two games during its trip to Utah, the Galaxy beat Colorado 2-1 on Friday, and with both Saturday and Sunday off (necessitated by the West Region having an odd number of teams), they beat San Jose 1-0 on Monday.

Host side Real Salt Lake won two of three; winning 3-1 against San Jose to open the weekend, sandwiching the loss to Seattle with a wild 5-4 victory against the Vancouver Whitecaps.

TeamPtsWLD (PK Wins)GFGAGD
Seattle Sounders 8 2 0 1 (1) 4 1 +3
Real Salt Lake 6 2 1 0 8 6 +2
LA Galaxy 6 2 0 0 3 1 +2
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 3 1 1 0 6 5 +1
Colorado Rapids 3 1 2 0 5 5 0
San Jose Earthquakes 3 1 3 0 6 9 -3
Portland Timbers 1 0 2 1 2 7 -5

U15s

The early signs are promising when it comes to the LAFC Academy. With teams competing in the Development Academy in the U12-U15 age groups, LAFC could field a team in the Generation adidas younger flight. The U15 side features Kevin Jimenez and Dylan Presto, two of the leading scorers in DA play. Like they do in the DA, LAFC rolled in Utah, winning all three games by a combined 11-0 score line.

TeamPtsWLD (PK Wins)GFGAGD
LAFC 9 3 0 0 11 0 +11
Vancouver Whitecaps FC* 6 2 1 0 6 3 +3
Portland Timbers 6 2 1 0 5 8 -3
Seattle Sounders 5 1 1 1 (1) 1 1 0
Colorado Rapids 3 1 2 0 5 2 +3
San Jose Earthquakes 3 1 2 0 3 6 -3
Real Salt Lake* 3 1 2 0 4 11 -7
LA Galaxy 1 0 2 1 2 6 -4

Source: MLSsoccer.com

 
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