Six Academy Affiliate Players Selected To Play With SKC Academy In GA Cup

Generation Adidas Cup is Major League Soccer’s annual elite youth tournament for academy teams. The tournament focuses on player development and showcases the best teams in the country and the future stars of the MLS. This years’ GA Cup will place November 29 – December 1 at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Training Ground in Marietta, GA.


Similar to last year, Sporting KC Academy has entered two teams into the GA Cup under the SKC Academy brand; Sporting KC Academy U12 and Sporting KC Academy Affiliate U12. The Sporting KC Academy Affiliate U12 team consists of a mix of full-time U12 SKC Academy players, Academy Affiliate players and guest players from various clubs.


This year, 6 Academy Affiliate boys have been selected to compete with the Sporting KC Affiliate U12 team. These players were identified through a program run by SKC Youth Soccer & the SKC Academy: SKC Academy Regional Player Pool. The Regional Player Pool is a player development and identification resource further linking the Academy Affiliate program with the SKC Academy. Each Academy Affiliate club has the opportunity to recommend their top U12 boys to be considered for this pool. This fall, a total of 18 Academy Affiliate players participated in the Regional Player Pool from 8 different Academy Affiliate clubs. Of those 18 players, the 6 boys who were hand-selected by SKC Academy coaches were Baron Williams (Sporting Blue Valley), Mason McKnight (Sporting Iowa), Luke Butler (Sporting Springfield), Jack Francka (Sporting Missouri Valley), Tayln Gates (Sporting Missouri Valley) and Alex Gemeinhardt (Sporting Missouri Valley).


Sporting KC Affiliate U12 Team Roster:


Name Club
Henry Pittala Sporting KC Academy
Nathan Pratt Sporting KC Academy
Teegan Sieverding Sporting KC Academy
Luke Butler Sporting Springfield
Jack Francka Sporting Missouri Valley
Tayln Gates Sporting Missouri Valley
Alex Gemeinhardt Sporting Missouri Valley
Mason McKnight Sporting Iowa
Baron Williams Sporting Blue Valley
Dominic Vallecillo 816 SFC
Gage Sowell OKC Energy FC
Dallas Campbell KC Athletic



As an organization, our goal is to try to give players opportunities that they wouldn’t receive from other clubs. We are proud that we have such a large group of talented players that can compete together while simultaneously developing the players around them to the best of their ability. Congrats to all the Academy Affiliate players that were chosen to compete with the U12 SKC Academy in the GA Cup. We wish you the best of luck this upcoming weekend!




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