The Sporting Kansas City Academy has released its U-17 roster for the 2019 Generation adidas Cup, an elite youth tournament featuring professional club academies from North America, Asia, Europe and South America that kicks off Saturday and concludes April 20.
The Sporting KC U-17 roster is comprised of 19 players, all of whom will descend on Toyota Soccer Center in Frisco, Texas, to compete in Group C of the Premier Division. Among the standouts include 16-year-old Sporting KC Homegrown forward Tyler Freeman and Swope Park Rangers academy signings Jake Davis, Dylan Hooper, Tucker Lepley and Max Trejo.
Sporting KC: 2019 Generation adidas Cup group stage schedule
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Sporting KC: 2019 Generation adidas Cup Roster
The Generation adidas Cup has blossomed into a heralded youth tournament that pits the top MLS academy players against stout international competition. Previous MLS academy products to participate in the tournament in recent years include Sporting Kansas City’s Gianluca Busio, Efrain Álvarez (LA Galaxy / LA Galaxy Academy), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04 / FC Dallas Academy), Djordje Mihailović (Chicago Fire / Chicago Fire Academy) and Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas / FC Dallas Academy).
As sixth-place finishers in the Central Division of Generation adidas Cup qualifying, the Sporting KC U-17s fell short of the Championship Division and will instead compete in the Premier Division. Five group-stage matches will be followed by two bracketed games in the Championship Division Finals or consolation rounds, depending on where Sporting finishes in its group. Follow @SKCAcademy on Twitter for live, in-game updates throughout the competition.