The Sporting Kansas City Academy U-14s were crowned champions of the second annual LA Galaxy Cup this weekend, defeating the San Diego Surf 3-2 in Sunday's championship at Irvine Great Park in Irvine, California.
Led by head coach Declan Jogi, the U-14s were one of four Sporting KC Academy sides competing in the elite youth tournament alongside the U-12s, U-13s and U-15s. Sporting's contingent went a combined 10-4-1 during the five-day tournament, with the U-15s and U-13s enjoying strong performances of their own en route to identical 3-1-0 records.
The U-14s opened the tournament with a 2-1 win over hosts LA Galaxy before battling the San Diego Surf to a 2-2 draw. A 5-0 victory over Albion SC set up a rematch with San Diego in the final, which saw Sporting prevail in a 3-2 thriller.
Sporting KC U-14 Roster: 2019 LA Galaxy Cup Champions
Sporting KC U-15 Results
|Wed., April 17||Albion SC||L 2-3|
|Thu., April 18||San Diego Surf||W 2-1|
|Sat., April 20||LA Galaxy||W 4-0|
|Sun., April 21||Pateadores||W 7-1|
Sporting KC U-14 Results
|Wed., April 17||LA Galaxy||W 2-1|
|Thu., April 18||San Diego Surf||T 2-2|
|Sat., April 20||Albion SC||W 5-0|
|Sun., April 21||San Diego Surf||W 3-2|
Sporting KC U-13 Results
|Wed., April 17||San Diego Surf||W 2-0|
|Thu., April 18||LA Galaxy||W 3-2|
|Sat., April 20||Sevilla||L 1-3|
|Sun., April 21||Real Salt Lake||W 4-2|
Sporting KC U-12 Results
|Wed., April 17||LA Galaxy||L 2-6|
|Thu., April 18||Strikers FC||L 0-4|
|Sat., April 20||LA Galaxy San Diego||W 3-1|
|Sun., April 21||Pacific Northwest SC||L 1-4|
This weekend also marked the end of the 2019 Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas, where the Sporting KC U-17s went 1-3-3 over the course of seven matches. Sporting's tournament campaign was highlighted by a 2-0 win over Jamaican side Mount Pleasant and included three penalty shootouts (counted as draws) against the Colorado Rapids, D.C. United and Portland Timbers.