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Academy Way

05 March 6:35 pm
What happens when you only have three players who meet the age requirement for one of the biggest tournaments of the year? 
 
Thanks to Sporting Kansas City's academy affiliate system, we were able to invite the best talent from the U12 (2003) age group from almost every academy affiliate to form a team that is sure to challenge for a top spot at this year's Generation adidas Tournament in Frisco, Texas. This has remnants of the critically acclaimed movie “The Mighty Ducks 2” written all over it.
 
Out of a ridiculously talented pool of players, 12 were invited to take part in what will be an everlasting experience. Furthermore, three players were chosen as alternates and could be utilized as needed. 
 
Obviously, we met our goal of putting together a roster for this event. But the greatest aspect of the entire experience was watching players flock in from various affiliate clubs to compete together. Crisp passing from a Sporting St. Louis player combining with a member of Sporting St. Croix while everyone represented the Sporting crest.  The competitiveness -- combined with camaraderie -- was a joy to watch.
 
On a personal note, it was unbelievable to see the academy affiliate system working as the talent from everyone involved was so much more advanced than when I played at that age. I feel privileged to be a part of a system that will continue to offer exclusive opportunities to its members. 
 
I would like to thank all of the parents and players for making the trip from various clubs around the Midwest. Also, a special thank you goes out to the academy technical staff that did an incredible job making this event run smoothly.
16 February 11:12 am

The SKC Academy U16s finished the second phase of the 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup with a 1-0 loss to FC Dallas on Monday. Despite heavy wind and rain, Sporting KC held Dallas scoreless through the first half. A second half penalty kick, however, sealed the win for the Texas squad, who is currently in first place in the USSDA U-15/U-16 Central Conference with a 10-1-2 record.

The Sporting KC Academy U-16s entered Monday following a two-goal victory over an MLS opponent on Saturday at the Houston Sports Park. The win secured a top-two finish in the Central Region standings, qualifying for the coveted GA bracket at the national event to be held in Dallas in April.

The Sporting KC U16's prevailed 2-0 over the Colorado Rapids with goals from Fernando Borges and Chase Bromstedt. Goalkeepers Steve Tekesky and Dakotah Bainter combined for the clean sheet as the squad increased their goal difference to +9 in the competition (11 goals scored, two goals allowed) thus far.

Follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter and Instagram for updates.
14 February 7:38 am

The Sporting Kansas City Academy U16's opened "Event 2" of the 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup with a 3-1 win over the Columbus Crew on Friday at the Houston Sports Park. The victory keeps Sporting KC atop the Central Region standings with a perfect 3-0-0 record and a +7 goal difference (nine goals scored, two goals conceded).

The competition will continue today when the U16's take on the Colorado Rapids at 5 p.m. CT. Follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter and Instagram for updates.

The 2014-15 GA Cup features 18 academy teams affiiliated with MLS teams, divided into three regions (East, Central and West). The top two teams from each group will qualify for the "GA" bracket at the national event in April, while the remaining teams will qualify to the "ESP" bracket.

11 February 6:33 pm

The United States Under-14 Boys' National Team made it back-to-back days with victories in Spain with a 4-0 victory over an Academy side from Rayo Vallecano on Wednesday. Thirteen-year-old Sporting Kansas City Academy defender/midfielder Cameron Duke was again in the lineup for the United States, who defeated Real Madrid's youth side 2-0 on Tuesday behind a brace from Ulysses Llanez.

Duke, the younger brother of Christian Duke, has become a regular as of late with the youngest U.S. youth national team. Duke travelled from his home in Olathe, Kansas to California for a U.S. U14 BNT training camp in October and most recently joined the squad in Florida last month.

He has now made the most of his time in Madrid as one of 20 players on head coach Brian Johnson's roster. The U.S. will close out the camp with a friendly against Extremadura on Saturday.

Follow @ussoccer_ynt on Twitter for updates.

 

10 February 5:58 pm


Cameron Duke pictured on far right, wearing No. 4 jersey for US U14 BNT

The Sporting KC Academy's Cameron Duke featured for the U.S. Under-14 Boys' National Team on Tuesday in a 2-0 victory over Real Madrid. Duke -- an Olathe, Kansas native -- is one of 20 players in Spain for the 11-day training camp that began Feb. 6 and will continue through Feb. 16. 

The U.S. squad is led by head coach Brian Johnson and will play two additional Academy sides before returning home. The team will first face Rayo Vallecano tomorrow before taking on Extremadura on Feb. 14. Follow @ussoccer_ynt on Twitter for updates.

13 November 12:28 pm

Who can resist Chipotle and soccer? Our point exactly!

The Sporting Kansas City Academy has teamed up with Chipotle to raise money for the 2014-15 season. Sporting KC fans are encouraged to join Academy midfielder and Chipotle Youth Homegrown athlete winner Roman Knox at the Chipotle on 135th & Metcalf in Overland Park, Kansas on Monday, November 17 from 4-9 p.m. CT. Chipotle will donate 50% of proceeds to the Sporting KC Academy when customers show the cashier this flyer.

Bring your friends. Let's make this a party.

The Sporting KC Academy program has proven valuable in recent years for Sporting KC Manager Peter Vermes, who has added talent to his senior roster with the homegrown signings of Kevin Ellis, Jon Kempin and Erik Palmer-Brown. Ellis was consistently seen in the starting lineup for Sporting KC this season, appearing in 20 MLS matches, while Kempin and Palmer-Brown made their MLS debuts. The 21-year-old goalkeeper earned MLS Save of the Week honors in his first two appearances for Sporting Kansas City and 17-year-old Palmer-Brown was the youngest player to appear in an MLS match this season.

07 October 1:53 pm

This weekend of October 10-13, Sporting KC and Swope Soccer Village will host the U17, U14 & U12 Central Region MLS Generation adidas Cup featuring Six MLS Academy clubs, including Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Columbus Crew, FC Dallas and Houston Dynamo.

U17 Division: All six MLS Academies will compete in the U17 division featuring two MLS GA cup games on Friday and Sunday with one Friendly on Monday. The schedule can be found online at www.mlssoccer.com/generationadidascup/2015.

U14 Division: Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids & Columbus Crew will play in the U14 division. Games will be held on Friday, Saturday & Sunday. The schedule can be found online at www.sportingkc.com/academy/mlsgacup-u14-2014.

U12 Division: Sporting KC, Chicago Fire, & Houston Dynamo will play in the U12 division. Multiple games will be held on Saturday (7v7) & Sunday (11v11). The schedule can be found online at www.sportingkc.com/academy/mlsgacup-u12-2014.

For more information on Swope Soccer Village including a map of the fields, please visit www.sportingkc.com/swope-park-training-center.

You can also get updates by following @SKCAcademy on Twitter!

 

30 May 12:36 pm

Two years ago this month, two of the most successful clubs in Kansas City, Blue Valley Soccer Club and Kansas City Football Club, completed a major merger that saw both clubs’ membership come together to form Sporting Blue Valley. This was the first instance of an Academy Affiliate in the Sporting Club Network taking on the “Sporting” name and for some time it was considered one of the main local feeder clubs for the Sporting KC Academy teams. Times have changed since then with the Academy Affiliate program growing immensely, now including 11 different affiliates across the Midwest, spanning as far as Minneapolis, Minnesota to Nashville, Tennessee.
 
As Sporting KC Academy tryouts returned this May, the influence of these Academy Affiliates was certainly apparent with trialists coming from at least seven different cities and five different states. Among the represented affiliates were Omaha FC, Sporting Wichita Rojos, Sporting StL Rangers, Sporting Nashville Heroes, Sporting Kaw Valley, Sporting Iowa, Sporting Columbia SC, and Sporting Blue Valley, with a number of these players receiving roster or developmental player spots across the four Academy age groups for the 2014-15 season.
 
A major goal of the Sporting Club Network and its Academy Affiliate program is to better scout and develop the youth talent throughout this region in hopes of providing a clear path for these players to strive for a place on the Sporting KC senior team. Seeing growth like this is a testament to this program and hopefully a sign of the club getting closer to having its first Academy Affiliate player starting in a competitive match at Sporting Park.
 
To keep up with the Sporting Club Network and the Academy Affiliate program, be sure to follow on Twitter and like on Facebook.
30 May 10:26 am
With upcoming plans to replace the pitch at Sporting Park during the World Cup break in MLS play, Sporting Kansas City offered up a unique opportunity to its partners: a chance to reserve 3-hour time slots to host events on the very field that the 2013 MLS Cup was won on. Academy Affiliate Sporting Kaw Valley took advantage of this occasion & will be hosting what they are calling “Party on the Pitch” on Saturday.
 
Attending SKV club members will get to come out to Sporting Park and participate in a variety of activities on the field, but the fun doesn’t end there with Sporting KC player appearances, autographs, music, giveaways and much more being included in the overall event. While on-field, participating youth players can compete in various skill-based games and will each be given a “passport” to travel through the different activities.
 
Upon completion of said activities, players will receive a stamp showing their accomplishment and completed passports will earn players the chance to win different SKC prizes including autographed merchandise. Following these on-field challenges from 3-6 p.m., members are welcome to stick around the stadium in the Boulevard Members Club for an additional player appearance during a Sporting KC watch party for the team's road match against D.C. United at 6 p.m.
 
For your chance to be a part of this exclusive event, register today at www.sportingkv.com/registration. And to stay up to date on all things Sporting Club Network, be sure to follow the program on Twitter and like it on Facebook.