Philadelphia Union Academy teams will play Boca Juniors and Valencia CF along with other MLS sides in group play of the Generation adidas Cup being staged at IMG Academy in Florida from April 1-8.
The Union U17s drew Minnesota United, Club Atletico Boca Juniors and Houston Dynamo in their group. The Union U15s have Inter Miami, Sporting Kansas City and Valencia CF in their group.
A record 49 different clubs from 12 countries and four continents will compete in Bradenton.
Twenty-eight Generation adidas games, including championship matches in both divisions, will stream live on MLS Season Pass, the subscription service from Apple and Major League Soccer on the Apple TV app.
“Generation adidas Cup brings together an elite group of world-class youth talent from around the globe and provides an exceptional competitive environment for participating MLS Next clubs,” MLS Vice President of Player Youth and Development Fred Lipka stated in a news release. “Top-tier international competition is an important catalyst in the development of talent and the 80 participating teams will provide an incredible opportunity for all involved.”
A dozen players who appeared at previous Generation adidas Cups were on FIFA 2022 World Cup rosters, with eight on the U.S. Men’s National Team. Notable alumni include Brenden Aaronson (Philadelphia Union/Leeds United), Kellyn Acosta (FC Dallas/LAFC), Tyler Adams (New York Red Bulls/Leeds United), and Jesús Ferreira (FC Dallas). Additionally, 2022 FIFA World Cup winner and Manchester City forward Julián Álvarez was the top scorer for River Plate (Argentina) when they won the U-17 age group in 2017.