Generation adidas Cup Group Stage Wraps

Generation adidas Cup Group Stage Wraps
by Travis Clark
April 2, 2024
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F | Orlando City
F | Orlando City

With a format of playing three group games in three days, the 2024 edition of the Generation adidas Cup wrapped on Monday from IMG Academy in Florida.

MLS sides matched up against each other and club teams from around the country in Bradenton. The Round of 16 will take place on Wednesday, April 3, progressing through to a final on Sunday.

The Top 16 teams (10 first place sides and six second-place squads) advance to the Championship Bracket; the next 16 in the Premier Bracket, and the final in the Consolation.

International sides have shined brightest through the opening weekend in the Under-15 age group. Toulouse FC (France), Valencia CF (Spain) and Brondby IF (Denmark) all dominated their respective groups against MLS opposition, winning all three games.

That’s not to say all MLS sides struggled; Orlando City progressed as runners up against Arsenal, drawing the English side over the weekend 1-1 (with the Gunners picking up an extra point by winning the shootout). Zachary Olah and Jakob Garcia top the goal-scoring charts from MLS sides, with three apiece in the age group. 

St. Louis City SC and Atlanta United both won two games in Group F, advancing to the knockout rounds as well.

Teams from abroad also look dangerous at the Under-17 age group. PSV Eindhoven, River Plate, Hajduk Split, Flamengo and Korean side Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors all advanced to the Championship knockout tier. That quintet will be difficult for the 11 MLS sides that advanced to beat.

San Jose Earthquakes were the only side to secure full nine points from the MLS teams in the U17 age group, and will look to carry that form into a Round of 16 matchup against Houston Dynamo. Vitaliy Hlyut's four goals helped the Fire punch a ticket to the Round of 16 as well.

Five MLS sides had both teams advance to the Championship Bracket: LA Galaxy, San Jose Earthquakes, FC Cincinnati, Real Salt Lake and New York Red Bulls.

Tuesday is a rest day before the Round of 16 takes place on Wednesday and the quarterfinals on Thurday. Below are the 16 teams from each age group that progressed to the top tier of the competition and the Round of 16 matches.

Under 15

Valencia vs. Orlando City

Inter Miami vs. Atlanta United

LA Galaxy vs. San Jose Earthquakes

Brondby IF vs. FC Cincinnati

St. Louis City SC vs. Arsenal FC

Sporting CP vs. Toronto FC

Toulouse FC vs. Charlotte FC

Real Salt Lake vs. New York Red Bulls

Under 17

PSV Eindhoven vs. New York City FC

LA Galaxy vs. River Plate

FC Cincinnati vs. Sporting KC

Flamengo vs. FC Dallas

Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors vs. Philadelphia Union

New York Red Bulls vs. Hajduk Split

San Jose Earthquakes vs. Houston Dynamo FC

Real Salt Lake vs. Chicago Fire FC

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