Sporting Kansas City has announced the match schedule for the inaugural Patterson Cup, an elite U-12 boys tournament featuring six of the top youth academies from Major League Soccer.
The Patterson Cup will take place in conjunction with the first-ever Sporting Next-Gen Invitational, taking place Saturday and Sunday at the world-class Wyandotte Sporting Fields in Kansas City, Kansas. The marquee event will see six U-12 academy clubs square off, including Sporting Kansas City, Atlanta United FC, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Real Salt Lake and Toronto FC.
U-12 Patterson Cup Schedule (March 30-31)
|Group A||Group B|
|Sporting KC||Chicago Fire|
|Real Salt Lake||Colorado Rapids|
|Atlanta United FC||Toronto FC|
|Date||Time (CT)||Match||Home Team||Away Team||Field|
|Saturday, March 30||10am||Group B||Chicago Fire||Colorado Rapids||8N|
|Saturday, March 30||10am||Group A||Sporting KC||Real Salt Lake||8S|
|Saturday, March 30||2pm||Group B||Colorado Rapids||Toronto FC||8N|
|Saturday, March 30||2pm||Group A||Real Salt Lake||Atlanta United FC||8S|
|Saturday, March 30||6pm||Group B||Toronto FC||Chicago Fire||8N|
|Saturday, March 30||6pm||Group A||Atlanta United FC||Sporting KC||8S|
|Sunday, March 31||8am||Semifinal 1||Group A 1st Place||Group B 2nd Place||8N|
|Sunday, March 31||8am||Semifinal 2||Group B 1st Place||Group A 2nd Place||8S|
|Sunday, March 31||10am||Consolation||Group A 3rd Place||Group B 3rd Place||8N|
|Sunday, March 31||11:30am||Final||Semifinal 1 winner||Semifinal 2 winner||8S|
|Sunday, March 31||1pm||Consolation*||8N|
|Sunday, March 31||1pm||Consolation*||8S|
* Technical staff will determine consolation matchups
The Patterson Cup is named after Sporting KC co-owner Neal Patterson and his wife Jeanne, both of whom lost their lives to cancer in 2017. For more than a decade, the Patterson Family helped transform Sporting KC into the model MLS organization it is today. Their unwavering commitment to the growth of soccer in Kansas City has been manifested through the development of state-of-the-art facilities, technological innovation at sporting events and significant investment in soccer at the youth level.
As part of the tournament experience, all six Patterson Cup participants will attend an opening banquet and receive a tour of the Pinnacle National Development Center, the new training home of Sporting KC. Friday's banquet will also feature an appearance from a Sporting KC midfielder Ilie Sanchez
The Sporting Next Gen Invitational will feature nearly 100 premier youth clubs from across the Midwest at the boys and girls U-8 through U-12 levels. The event will include championship matches in multiple divisions, appearances from Sporting KC players, adidas coaches’ gift, and social media contests and prize giveaways.
Visit SportingKCYouth.com and follow @SportingKCYouth on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook for Patterson Cup and Sporting Next Gen Invitational updates. For more news and information about the Sporting KC Academy, visit SportingKCAcademy.com and follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.