The details for the 2020 Generation adidas Cup, an elite youth tournament featuring top clubs from North America and across the globe were announced by MLS on Thursday, February 13. A total of 40 elite professional academies spanning 11 countries will participate in U-17 and U-15 competitions at the Toyota Soccer Center at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas from April 4-11.
Qualifying for the 2020 Generation adidas Cup wrapped up on Monday, February 17 with 25 MLS teams competing in the Under-17 division and 24 in the Under-15 division. In a format change from years past, the top two MLS clubs in each U-17 group will advance to face top international clubs in Division 1 play, while third and fourth place teams will play Liga MX opponents in Division 2, and the remaining clubs will play in Division 3 against a diverse set of international clubs. You can see the full list of international opponents here.
As part of the MLS Youth Affiliate Network launched in September 2019, six MLS Youth Affiliate clubs will participate in the inaugural Generation adidas Cup Affiliate Challenge. These affiliate clubs work with their respective MLS sides to improve talent identification and player development, as Generation adidas Cup serves as an important benchmark in the professional path for youth players.
- Metropolitan Oval Academy (New York City FC)
- Real Salt Lake Arizona (Real Salt Lake)
- Rio Rapids New Mexico (Colorado Rapids)
- Sporting St. Louis (Sporting Kansas City)
- Toronto FC Affiliate All-Stars (Toronto FC)
Additional Generation adidas Cup info including match schedules, broadcast details and ancillary events will be announced in the weeks preceding the tournament.
To read the article on mlssoccer.com, please click the links below:
- 2020 GA Cup International Opponents Announced: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/02/13/2020-generation-adidas-cup-international-opponents-announced
- Groups Announced for 2020 GA Cup: https://www.mlssoccer.com/post/2020/02/21/groups-announced-2020-generation-adidas-cup
To learn more about Academy Affiliates please visit sportingkcyouth.com/academyaffiliates.