Three Sporting KC Academy U16 players are in Carson, California this week for the 2015 Generation adidas Elite Soccer Program (ESP) All-Star Event. Jared Crist, John Klein and Jaylin Lindsey are among 54 of the top MLS youth academy players invited to join FC Bayern Munich's U16 Academy team for a week of training, development and high-level matches in a professional atmosphere.
Sporting Kansas City's three representatives are on the 18-player Central squad, which opened the round robin gameplay with a 1-1 draw against FC Bayern Munich U16's earlier today. Lindsey -- an active member of the U.S. Under-15 Boys' National Team -- scored Central's lone goal against the international opposition.
SCHEDULE OF MATCHES
Tuesday, July 28: Central vs. FC Bayern (1-1 draw)
Thursday, July 30: Central vs. West
Saturday, Aug. 1: Central vs. East
Crist played in 28 games for the Sporting KC Academy U16's during the 2014-15 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, scoring three goals. Klein was a member of the Sporting KC Academy U15's that won the 2015 USYS National Championships on Sunday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
In addition to the on-field training and matches, Generation adidas ESP participants will attend a VIP viewing party at FOX Studios for the 2015 AT&T MLS All-Star Game on Wednesday (8 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1 and UniMas) and also received complimentary footwear/merchandise courtesy of adidas.