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GA Cup Group Stage Recap: Sporting KC's U-17s advance to Championship Knockouts while 15s compete in the Premier Bracket

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The first three matches of the 2024 Generation adidas Cup in Bradenton, Florida have come to a close as Sporting Kansas City's U-17s and U-15s have been competing hard in the prestigious, global tournament. With the dust finally settling, both teams have been placed in brackets for the remainder of the competition.

The U-17s, after finishing second in their group with six points, punched their ticket into the knockout round for a second straight year. They will take on FC Cincinnati in the Round of 16 in the Championship Bracket on Wednesday, April 2. The two sides have faced off before this season, locking horns on November 11, 2023 at Mercy Health Training Center in Cincinnati. The Garys came away with a 3-2 win in an intense showdown.

Wednesday's match will consist of two 30-minute halves with kicks from the spot to follow if the score is deadlocked at the end of regulation. The winner will advance to the GA Cup Quarterfinals on Thursday while the loser will play in three showcase matches to close out the tournament.

The U-17s, led by head coach Angel Rivillo, had a group stage best defined by resilliance after bouncing back from adversity to advance into the knockouts. The group suffered an early setback, dropping the opener to Real Salt Lake on a goal in the dying moments of the match and recovered to win their next two. 

Needing to take as many points as possible in their last two matches, the boys rallied together in the second contest against Inter Miami. Coming out for the second after a scoreless first, a brilliant save kept the match even and swung the momentum as SKC remained on the front foot for the remainder of the match. The pressure proved too much for Miami when a terrific counterattack produced a match-winning score in the final minute of the match. 

The job was not finished for the 17s as they took on Colombian side Atletico Nacional in the group stage finale, with both teams desperately needing a win. A beautiful free kick banger 12 minutes into the second half gave Sporting the lead and a breakaway finish made the match 2-0 just 10 minutes later. Atletico launched numbers forward and halved the deficit, however hard-nosed defense kept them from leveling and gave Sporting the additional three points they needed.

Sporting Kansas City U-17 GA Cup Roster
First Name
Last Name
Tomiwa
Adewumi
Dominik
Baczewksi
Aiden
Benitez
Leo
Christiano
Carter
Derksen
Shane
Donovan
Ian
James
Andrew 
Johnson
Jaxson
Kalinka
Jack
Kortkamp
Damian
Linarez
Troy
Lor
Ronald
Lozano Del Angel
Renan
Mendoza
Jacob
Molinaro
Johann
Ortiz
Chinelo
Robinson
Zane 
Wantland
Trajan
Wormington
Nate
Young

Guied by head coach Luis Pacheco the SKC U-15s qualified for the GA Cup Premier Bracket with a grinded out win against Charlotte FC in the second group stage match. They will take on D.C. United, a team they faced at MLS NEXT Fest last December, in the Round of 16 on Wednesday. 

The win over Charlotte was sandwiched by a pair of defeats, first to the San Jose Earthquakes and finally against Club Necaxa from LIGA MX. In the win against The Crown, Sporting struck first, converting on a one-v-one with the keeper in the opening minutes of the match. Charlotte would even the score midway through the first after inching closer and closer to SKC's net. 

Sporting responded immediately, springing back into the attack and firing home a long range effort over the keeper and under the bar for the go-ahead goal. The halftime whistle came shortly thereafter and Sporting weathered the storm on the other side of the half to claim an emotional win.

The three points proved to be enough to earn them a spot in the GA Premier Bracket, a new edition to GA Cup. The winner of their match with D.C. on Wednesday will advance to the quarterfinals while the loser will play three showcase matches. 

Sporting Kansas City U-15 GA Cup Roster
First Name
Last Name
Eman
Alicic
Santino
Barbarena
Jesus
Enriquez
Jack
Francka
Sergio
Garcia
Alex
Gemeinhardt
Kashan
Hines
Justin
Jones
Colin
Keyser
Mays
Landers
Bryden
Liem
Colin
Lysinger
Ben
Nylund
Chinelo
Robinson
Austin
Thompson
Joel 
Ward
Baron
Williams
Sutton
Williams

Sporting fans can follow along the Sporting KC Academy's GA Cup experience by following @SKCAcademy on X and Instagram. Both will feature score updates, starting XIs as well as photos from all of Sporting's matches. Updated broadcast schedules regarding the streaming of matches on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV will be made available at the end of each round. 

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