SKC Academy GA Cup vs. Chicago Fire 2016

The Sporting Kansas City Academy U-17s will resume their 2017-18 Generation adidas Cup campaign with three qualifying matches this weekend at StubHub Center in Carson, California.


The U-17s, who currently occupy second place in the West Region a 2-0-1 record, will look to secure their place among the elite MLS academies at the GA Cup Finals, held this April in Frisco, Texas. Led by head coach Rumbani Munthali, Sporting KC will meet hosts LA Galaxy on Friday before facing the Portland Timbers on Saturday and Seattle Sounders FC on Monday.


While the U-17s round out the qualifying phase, the Sporting KC U-15s will play three friendlies in Carson against other U-15 academy sides as part of a GA Cup test run for the U-15 age group.


Sporting KC U-17 GA Cup Qualifying Schedule

  • Friday, Feb. 16 vs. LA Galaxy (8 p.m. CT)
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. Portland Timbers (4 p.m. CT)
  • Monday, Feb. 19 vs. Seattle Sounders FC (11 a.m. CT)


Sporting KC U-15 GA Cup Friendlies Schedule

  • Friday, Feb. 16 vs. Seattle Sounders FC (4 p.m. CT)
  • Saturday, Feb. 17 vs. LA Galaxy (12 p.m. CT)
  • Monday, Feb. 19 vs. Portland Timbers (11 a.m. CT)


The Generation adidas Cup was founded in 2007 at the U-17 level, emphasizing player development while providing elite competition for MLS academies. Since then, the competition has built prestige as a premier youth tournament featuring the best clubs from around the world.


GA Cup participants are split into three qualifying regions — East, Central, West — with teams squaring off at least once in a round-robin for a total of six matches. The top two finishers in each region will advance to the Championship Division for the 2018 Generation adidas Cup proper in Frisco. Those clubs will be joined by top international talent as they battle for the Generation adidas Cup crown.


MLS teams that fail to earn a top-two finish in qualifying will compete in the Premier Division, with those matches taking place concurrently with Championship Division fixtures in Frisco.


U-17 qualifying matches will unfold with two 40-minute halves, and three points will go to the victor. In the event of a draw, both teams will earn one point and an extra point will be decided via penalty kicks. U-15 matches will be played in two 35-minute halves.


2017-18 GA Cup Qualifying
West Region Standings & Results

Team
Pts
W
L
D (PK Wins)
GF
GA
GD
Portland Timbers
9
3
0
0
5
1
+4
Sporting Kansas City
8
2
0
1 (1)
9
4
+5
Real Salt Lake
6
2
1
0
8
2
+6
Seattle Sounders
2
0
1
2 (0)
4
5
-1
LA Galaxy
2
0
2
1 (1)
3
7
-4
San Jose Earthquakes
0
0
3
0
1
11
-10
Date
Match
Location
Oct. 6, 2017
LA 1, POR 3
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 6, 2017
RSL 5, SJ 0
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 6, 2017
SKC 2 (4), SEA 2 (3)
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 7, 2017
POR 1, SJ 0
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 7, 2017
LA 2 (5), SEA 2 (3)
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 7, 2017
RSL 1, SKC 2
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 9, 2017
SKC 5, SJ 1
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 9, 2017
RSL 2, LA 0
Swope Soccer Village
Oct. 9, 2017
POR 1, SEA 0
Swope Soccer Village