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Sporting KC U-14s crowned 2019 LA Galaxy Cup champions

By Sam Kovzan, 04/22/19, 1:15PM CDT


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

  • Ashton Adrian
  • Gianluca Armellino
  • Jacob Bartlett
  • Caleb Bueckner
  • Wesley Cribb
  • Charlie Duske
  • Jhonny Esparza
  • Frank Fuentes
  • Lucas Jeff
  • Barrett Kitts
  • David Rivera
  • Mauel Romero
  • Javier Zaragoza
  • Nati Clarke
  • Kelly Kipruto
  • Gage Akalu

Sporting KC U-15 Results

Date Opponent Result
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

Date Opponent Result
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

Date Opponent Result
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

Date Opponent Result
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.