Preview: Sporting KC U-19s, U-17s and U-15s to compete for spots in MLS NEXT Cup playoffs at MLS NEXT Flex


Sporting Kansas City's U-19s, U-17s and U-15s will head to the Maryland SoccerPlex in Boyds, Md. from May 12-16 for MLS NEXT Flex with the opportunity to clinch a postseason berth in the 2023 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs. All three squads qualified after finishing amongst the top 64 teams in their age groups based on their points-per-game rank in the 2022-23 MLS NEXT season.

Qualifying teams were drawn into sixteen groups of four, and the winners of each of these groups will automatically qualify for the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs. The 80-minute U-15 matches and 90-minute U-17 and U-19 matches that end regulation in a draw will move to penalty kicks where the winner of penalty kicks will earn two points, while the loser will take home one point.

“The excellent quality of play at MLS NEXT Flex provides a unique opportunity for players and teams to compete against the best clubs from all over the country,” said MLS Vice President of Player Youth and Development Fred Lipka. “With postseason berths at stake, this event demonstrates the rich talent and heightened level of competition that is evident throughout each age group in MLS NEXT.”

Both Sporting KC's U-17s and U-15s are coming off solid performances at GA Cup including a combined 7-2-4 record with four shootout wins. Sporting's U-19s have been busy competing in MLS NEXT since mid-February and have earned four results in seven regular season matches.

Sporting KC U-19s Schedule - Group I
Time (ET)
City SC
Friday, May 12
4:30 p.m.
Indiana Fire Academy
Sunday, May 14
1 p.m.
Baltimore Armour
Monday, May 15
1 p.m.
Sporting KC U-17s Schedule - Group D
Time (ET)
St Louis City SC
Saturday, May 13
11 a.m.
San Jose Earthquakes
Sunday, May 14
3 p.m.
Total Futbol Academy
Tuesday, May 16
10:45 a.m.
Sporting KC U-15s Schedule - Group O
Time (ET)
New York Red Bulls
Saturday, May 13
9 a.m.
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Sunday, May 14
9 a.m.
Wake FC
Tuesday, May 16
8:30 a.m.

Watch on MLS Season Pass

Eighteen MLS NEXT Flex games will stream live on MLS Season Pass, the subscription service from Apple and Major League Soccer on the Apple TV app, available in more than 100 countries and regions. Amongst those is Sporting KC's U-19 match against City SC on Friday, May 12 at 4:30 p.m. ET.

May 12

  • 9:00 am ET - U16 - Atlanta United vs. Murrieta Soccer Academy
  • 11:30 am ET - U16 - LA United Futbol Academy vs. FC Dallas
  • 2:00 pm ET - U16 - Inter Miami CF vs. San Francisco Glens
  • 4:30 pm ET - U19 - City SC vs. Sporting Kansas City

May 13

  • 9:00 am ET - U15 - Wake FC vs. Vancouver Whitecaps FC
  • 11:30 am ET - U17 - New England Revolution vs. FC DELCO
  • 2:00 pm ET - U17 - Chicago Fire FC vs. BW Gottschee Academy
  • 4:30 pm ET - U17 - Nashville SC vs. New York Soccer Club

May 14

  • 9:00 am ET - U17 - RSL Arizona vs. Colorado Rapids
  • 11:30 am ET - U17 - Michigan Jaguars vs. Charlotte FC
  • 2:00 pm ET - U17 - Sacramento Republic vs. Philadelphia Union
  • 4:30 pm ET - U15 - Real Salt Lake vs. Real Colorado

May 15

  • 8:30 am ET - U19 - Columbus Crew vs. Met Oval
  • 11:00 am ET - U19 - Vardar vs. Toronto FC
  • 1:30 pm ET - U19 - Miami Rush Kendall SC vs. FC Cincinnati

May 16

  • 8:30 am ET - U17 - Orlando City SC vs. Sockers FC
  • 11:00 am ET - U17 - ALBION SC San Diego vs. CF Montréal
  • 1:30 pm ET - U17 - Barca Residency Academy vs. Seattle Sounders FC

MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs

The MLS NEXT season concludes with the 2023 MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs, which will be held June 17-25 at Toyota Soccer Center and MoneyGram Soccer Park in Dallas-Fort Worth.

For the single-elimination competition, 32 teams per age group will qualify based on regular-season play or by winning their group at MLS NEXT Flex. Teams that do not qualify for the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs can participate in the MLS NEXT Cup Showcase, which will be held at the same venue.

MLS NEXT Flex will also provide an opportunity for North America’s top youth talent to be seen by college, youth national team and professional coaches, as well as scouts and evaluators, in a single location. The MLS Match Evaluator program, which features former professional players who are trained on-site to identify top talent, will continue at both MLS NEXT Flex and in the MLS NEXT Cup Playoffs.

Subscribing to MLS Season Pass
With an MLS Season Pass subscription, fans can enjoy all MLS and Leagues Cup matches, and hundreds of MLS NEXT Pro and MLS NEXT games, on billions of devices through the Apple TV app on smart TVs, streaming devices, Apple devices, set-top boxes, and game consoles, as well as on the web at Fans can subscribe to MLS Season Pass on the Apple TV app for $14.99 per month during the season or $99 per season, and Apple TV+ subscribers can sign up at a special price of $12.99 per month or $79 per season.1 A subscription to MLS Season Pass will be included with each MLS Club full-season ticket account. Through Family Sharing, up to six family members can share the subscription using their own Apple ID and password.

1To watch MLS Season Pass, customers must update to iOS 16.2 or later, iPadOS 16.2 or later, tvOS 16.2 or later, and macOS 13.1 or later. Fans around the world can enjoy Major League Soccer matches on MLS Season Pass in English, Spanish, or French where available, including closed captions.

MLS NEXT is a new paradigm for player development, launched in 2020 to transform youth soccer in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest level of competition, training and personal development opportunities that will prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life. Membership for the 2022-23 season includes 137 clubs, 628 teams and over 13,000 players across the U.S. and Canada. Official partners of MLS NEXT include adidas, Allstate, DoorDash, and the University of South Carolina. For more information about MLS NEXT, visit