Generation adidas Cup Youth Soccer News Coverage
The GA Cup takes place from April 13-20 in Dallas, Texas.
The 2019 Generation Adidas Cup is expanded this year. Compared to previous years, the GA Cup as it is often referred to now sports an Under-15 MLS-vs-LigaMX round-robin age bracket added to the traditional U17 portion of the event.
Philadelphia Union‘s Academy squads went head-to-head with CF Monterrey’s youth teams and many soccer fans will remember that this is the Mexican club that just defeated MLS’ Sporting Kansas City in the Concacaf Champions League earlier this month.
The Union academy is one of the highest rated in the nation and will be competing with teams from West Ham United, Olympique Lyonnais, Valencia, River Plate, and Deportivo Toluca.
As the 2019 GA Cup kicked off on April 17th, one of its featured games in Dallas was the U15 Philadelphia Union’s Academy vs. Mexico’s giant professional soccer club, CF Monterrey.
While there were many
Coach Chris Brewer’s squad proved a powerful force against the talented opponent from Mexico.
“It was our pressure and competitiveness that
werethe cause of the win, so that was nice,” Brewer said after the match.
Philadelphia Union’s U17 squad also went head-to-head with the U17 team of the Monterrey club but fell 1-0 despite a massive effort from Chay Kaplan in goal.
A stunning series of first-half stops from Kaplan kept the score level and midfielder Danny Flores nearly gave the Union a breakthrough with a blistering strike off the underside of the crossbar.
Monterrey finally broke through with a late attack, but according to the Union’s website, “Philly’s young stars can be extremely happy with how they responded against a strong opponent. The U17s rebounded from that defeat with a 2-0 thumping of Fjolnir on Sunday evening.
Philadelphia’s also defeated Sporting Kansas City with a 2-0 victory.
Gary Lewis‘ squad pulled out to a lead and never relented. “The boys played well collectively and that positively represented our new style of play and methodology,” head coach Gary Lewis said. “The hard work and team concepts are the most pleasing aspect of the games so far.
“Congrats to the boys!’ Union Sporting Director Ernst Tanner said after the match. “Apart from being successful it was good to see the difference in our playing style.”
Gary Lewis‘ Union U17 team competes in a group with New England Revolution, Colorado Rapids, Mount Pleasant, and Deportivo Toluca in the Premier Division.
After finishing atop their qualifying group, Chris Brewer‘s U15s team is in a group with LAFC, New York Red Bulls, TFC, Guadalajara, Monterrey, Club Leon, and Cruz Azul in the first-ever U15 GA Cup.
Source: Philadelphia Union Releases