MLS NEXT Cup: U16 Contenders, Stars to Know

MLS NEXT Cup: U16 Contenders, Stars to Know
by Travis Clark
June 12, 2024
Players featured in this article:
D | CITY SC
MF | Sacramento Republic FC
MF | Phil. Union
Tatum Fain |  2026
F | Tampa Bay
Esli Garcia |  2026
MF | De Anza Force
D | FC Delco
F | FC United (IL)
GK | Tampa Bay
F | Queen City Mutiny
F | Sacramento United
F | CITY SC
F | De Anza Force
Myles Quick |  2026
MF | De Anza Force
MF | CITY SC
MF | Tampa Bay
MF | Beachside SC
MF | CITY SC
D | Real Colorado
D | Sacramento Republic FC
MF | De Anza Force
GK | Baltimore Armour

MLS NEXT Cup arrives this weekend, kicking off on Saturday at the Richard Siegel Sports Complex in the suburbs of Nashville.

For the Under-16 group, it marks a significant chance for players in the class of 2026 to compete with the recruiting window officially open.

It’s also a unique age group in that it features few teams with pro academy sides, opening the door for a non-MLS team to win it all.

Here are some of the teams to know and players to watch.

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