Audi and Bleacher Report released Episode 2 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.

In Episode 2, the players return from a pandemic-induced break hungrier than ever to fight for their spots and keep their dreams in reach. As U-19 and U-17 head coach Rumba Munthali puts it, "You're going to find out what these kids are made of, who wants to be a real pro when they come back."

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

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