Academy Players

Philadelphia Union U16s open Generation adidas Cup against Palmeiras of Brazil

The Philadelphia Union Under-16 team will compete in the Champions Division of the 2015 MLS Generation adidas Cup March 29-April 4. The Union qualified for the group that will determine the overall winners of the competition by finishing second in the Eastern Division of the qualifying round.

International competition is a featured component of this event, the tournament kicks off for the Union on March 29 with a match against Palmeiras of Brazil, a team that finished second to Santos FC in last season’s Campeonato Paulista. The second match on March 30 pits the U16’s against Eintracht Frankfurt, while the final group match on April 1 is an all-MLS affair against the San Jose Earthquakes. Following the group stage, there are an additional two matches in the playoff round that will determine the final standings. Last season, the Union finished sixth overall in the competition.

The Generation adidas Cup is for players born on or after Jan. 1, 1998, and each roster is limited to 20 players. Once again the Union will bring a talented group of young players, with several promising under age players participating in the event. Six of the rostered players are 1999 birth years, one is 2000 birth, and the remaining 13 are 1998’s. Six of the players have had youth national team experience, and eight have taken part in Philadelphia Union first team training this year.

For more information, including match schedules and results, please visit: http://www.mlssoccer.com/generationadidascup/2015.

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