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Generation adidas Cup announces Houston Dynamo U-17 Academy schedule

Major League Soccer announced today that the Houston Dynamo U-17 squad will compete in Group B of the U-17 Premier Division of the 2019 Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas from April 13-20.

In the Dynamo's group is FC Midtylland from Denmark, which was the first full-time Danish football academy established in the Scandinavian country. South Korean powerhouse Ulsan Hyundai FC will also compete in Group B and will make its debut in the tournament at the U-17 level. Group B also features two MLS clubs in Orlando City SC and the Portland Timbers.

The future stars of MLS will test their skills against some of the most renowned professional academies in the world in the expanded U-17 competition that includes 15 premier international clubs. Among the esteemed international academies set to play in the 2019 Generation adidas Cup include England’s West Ham United, France’s Olympique Lyonnais, Spain’s Valencia, Argentine power River Plate, Brazilian side Flamengo, and Croatian giant Dinamo Zagreb, among others.

MLS clubs will also see regional rivalries play out in the tournament with eight Liga MX clubs playing in the U-17 and U-15 divisions. Club América, Monterrey, Tijuana and Deportivo Toluca will face MLS teams in the U-17 portion of play.

The newly formed U-15 tournament between MLS and Liga MX clubs is the latest competitive initiative in the collaboration between the two leagues, following in the footsteps of the Campeones Cup and the annual MLS Homegrown Game team which pits the MLS squad against a Liga MX U-20 opponent. Chivas de Guadalajara, Club Leon, Cruz Azul and Monterrey will each face the four MLS sides once, setting up an exciting fifth and final matchup pitting the first-place Liga MX side against the top MLS club in a winner-take-all showdown.

The Generation adidas Cup has developed into the premier youth tournament in which elite MLS academy players test their talents against international competition. Previous MLS academy products to participate in the tournament in recent years include Efrain Álvarez (LA Galaxy / LA Galaxy Academy), Weston McKennie (Schalke 04 / FC Dallas Academy), Djordje Mihailović (Chicago Fire / Chicago Fire Academy), and Paxton Pomykal (FC Dallas / FC Dallas Academy), among others.

U-17 Champions Division
GROUP A GROUP B GROUP C GROUP D
Club América CA Peñarol CA River Plate Flamengo
FC Dallas GNK Dinamo Zagreb New York City FC Montreal Impact
New York Red Bulls LA Galaxy Olympique Lyonnais Seattle Sounders FC
West Ham United FC Toronto FC Real Salt Lake Valencia CF
U-17 Premier Division
GROUP A
GROUP B
GROUP C
GROUP D
Atlanta United
FC Midtylland
C.F. Monterrey
Colorado Rapids
Chicago Fire
Houston Dynamo
Columbus Crew SC
Deportivo Toluca FC
Club Tijuana
Orlando City SC
Sporting Kansas City
Mount Pleasant FA
D.C. United
Portland Timbers
UMF Fjölnir
New England Revolution
San Jose Earthquakes
Ulsan Hyundai FC
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Philadelphia Union
U-15 Division
MLS
LIGA MX
Los Angeles Football Club
C.D. Guadalajara
New York Red Bulls
C.F. Monterrey
Philadelphia Union
Club León
Toronto FC
Cruz Azul
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