THE ACADEMY: Audi and Bleacher Report launch episode 1 of docuseries on the Sporting KC Academy

Audi and Bleacher Report released Episode 1 of "THE ACADEMY" on Wednesday, shining a spotlight on the Sporting Kansas City Academy and its youth talent development system.

"THE ACADEMY" provides an all-access look at the commitments and sacrifices that young athletes make within the Sporting KC Academy. The five-part series will give fans a first-hand account of how Sporting Kansas City and Audi are working to ensure the next generation of athletes is ready to compete at an elite level.

The documentary series will deliver a detailed look at tactical meetings, closed training sessions, and how the Sporting Kansas City Academy has managed the transition to remote and virtual trainings, as well as season delays caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Episode 1 features remarks from Academy standouts Gage Akalu, Nati Clarke, Osvaldo Cisneros and Jake Davis.

To watch each episode as the series unfolds, click here.

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