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Group stage schedules set for Academy Playoffs

By Sam Kovzan, 06/16/19, 4:45PM CDT


The Sporting Kansas City Academy U-19s and U-17s will take the field this week for the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Playoffs at SoCal Sports Complex in Oceanside, California.

The tournament's group stage kicks off Monday and concludes Saturday, consisting of a three-game round-robin, and will send every first-place finisher to the Development Academy quarterfinals on June 24-25. The four quarterfinal winners will advance to the Development Academy semifinals, slated to take place July 8-11 at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, California.

Sporting has sent its two oldest academy teams to the Development Academy Playoffs for the fourth straight year. The U-18s and U-16s both reached the postseason in 2016 and 2017 before age divisions were restructured. The U-19s and U-17s, led by head coach Rumba Munthali, reached the playoffs last year and have replicated the feat once more, hoping to deliver Sporting its first Development Academy national title.

Sporting Kansas City U-19s: Group B Schedule

Date Time (CT) Opponent (record)
Monday, June 17 3pm Sacramento Republic FC (12-6-7)
Wednesday, June 19 3pm Columbus Crew SC (12-6-4)
Friday, June 21 3:15pm Montreal Impact (11-5-3)

Sporting Kansas City U-19 Roster

  • Mo Abualnadi
  • Brandt Betts
  • Josh Chong
  • Cameron Duke
  • Dontell Gilyard
  • Abdu Kikhia
  • Sean Karani
  • Mason Leeth
  • Enzo Mauriz
  • Massimo McGuire
  • Jahon Rad
  • Kaveh Rad
  • Michael Scavuzzo
  • Max Trejo
  • Bryce Warhaft (U-17)
  • Tommy Williams (U-17)
  • Ciaran Winters

Sporting Kansas City U-17s: Group B Schedule

Date Time (CT) Opponent (record)
Tuesday, June 18 7pm United Futbol Academy (21-6-1)
Thursday, June 20 7:30pm FC United (12-6-3)
Saturday, June 22 6pm Strikers FC (14-8-3)

Sporting Kansas City U-17 Roster

  • Osvaldo Cisneros (U-15)
  • Jake Davis
  • Mitchell Ferguson
  • Tyler Freeman
  • Danny Goddard
  • Daniel Gutierrez (U-15)
  • Dawson Gulley
  • Dylan Hooper
  • Coby Jones
  • Gavin Krenecki
  • Michael Lenis
  • Tucker Lepley
  • Francisco Lopez
  • Zion Long
  • Edward Mendy
  • Kayden Pierre
  • Rokas Pukstas (U-15)
  • Alexander Umana
  • Clarence Weah
  • Javier Zaragoza (U-14)

The Sporting KC U-19s enjoyed an excellent regular season, posting a 16-4-3 record and sealing the No. 4 overall playoff seed. Among the team's standouts are twin brothers Jahon and Kaveh Rad, forward Sean Karani and defender Mo Abualnadi, all of whom have earned USL Championship playing time with the Swope Park Rangers in 2019.

The U-19s have been placed in a compelling group alongside two other MLS academies—the Montreal Impact and Columbus Crew SC—as well as a Sacramento Republic side that boasts one of the best academies among USL Championship clubs. Sporting's clip of 2.22 points per game afforded them the luxury of being the top-seeded team in the group.

The Sporting KC U-17s secured a wild card playoff berth after finishing the 2018-19 regular season campaign with a 12-9-2 record. A balanced attack saw Swope Park Rangers midfielder Jake Davis lead the way with six goals, while a deep defensive corps includes fellow SPR academy signees in defender Dylan Hooper and goalkeeper Max Trejo. Sporting KC Homegrown Player Tyler Freeman will also compete for the U-17s.

The U-17s are the lone MLS academy in their group, joining United Futbol Academy (Georgia), FC United (Illinois) and Strikers FC (California).

While the U-19s and U-17s go to battle in the playoffs, the Sporting KC U-15s will also be competing at SoCal Sports Complex in the U-15 Development Academy Summer Showcase.

Led by head coach Chris O'Neal, the U-15s will play three friendly matches against some of the elite academies from across the country, including fellow MLS outfits LA Galaxy and the New York Red Bulls. The U-15s finished with an impressive 14-4-2 regular season record in the Development Academy, but narrowly missed out on a playoff berth after placing third in the Frontier Division of the Central Conference.

Sporting Kansas City U-15s: Summer Showcase Schedule

Date Time (CT) Opponent
Thursday, June 20 1pm Players Development Academy
Friday, June 21 1pm LA Galaxy
Sunday, June 23 6pm New York Red Bulls

Follow the Sporting KC Academy on Twitter for updates throughout the week and visit for the latest information on the club's youth development teams.