Sporting KC Academy U-12's crowned GA Cup champions

Sporting KC Academy U-12's - 2018 GA Cup champions

The Sporting Kansas City Academy U-12's, led by head coach Colby Childress, were crowned champions of the 2018 Generation adidas Cup on Saturday at Toyota Soccer Complex in Frisco, Texas.

     March 29: SKC 2, CLB 1 (group stage)
     March 29: SKC 1, PHI 1 (group stage)
     March 30: SKC 2, SJ 1 (group stage)
     March 30: SKC 1, DAL 1 (group stage)
     March 31: SKC 1, ATL 1 (2-1) (semifinal)
     March 31: SKC 0, LAFC 0 (7-6) (final)   

The U-12's went unbeaten against six MLS academy teams at the competition and capped off the run with dramatic penalty kick shootouts in the semifinal and championship while the Sporting KC U-17's cheered them on from the sidelines.

Goalkeeper Misael "Junior" Mena made the game-winning save against Atlanta United to send Sporting KC into the final, where he again produced a clutch save on LAFC's seventh attempt and buried the decisive PK himself moments later.

REPLAY: Watch PK shootout to win GA Cup

Ryan Reid, a Sporting Blue Valley product and the only member of the U-12's to have also played in last year's GA Cup, was named the tournament's most outstanding player for an event that featured the U-12 academy teams from 20 Major League Soccer clubs.

GA Cup Roster
     Edgar Bazan
     Luis Cruz-Ayala
     Carter Egbert
     Evan Ediger
     Kaleb Fannin
     Emerson LaOrden
     Rhys Laws
     Joseph Mejia
     Misael Mena
     Ryan Reid
     Abe Soete
     Ryan Wagner