Generation Adidas Cup

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Generation Adidas Cup
Founded 2007
Region  United States
Number of teams 12 (international division)
Current champions EnglandStoke City
Most successful club(s) D.C. United (3 titles)

The Generation adidas Cup (previously known as the SUM U-17 Cup) is a competition run by Major League Soccer for all U17 MLS academy teams. As part of the "Home Grown Initiative," the Generation adidas Cup focused on player development while providing elite competition for those involved. From 2014 onwards international club sides have been invited to the competition to test MLS academies against foreign opposition, Stoke City of England became the first international winners of the tournament in the same year.[1]

The tournament served as a springboard into the professional game for some top prospects, such as Tristan Bowen (Los Angeles Galaxy), Andy Najar (D.C. United), Bryan Leyva (FC Dallas), Juan Agudelo (New York Red Bulls), Bill Hamid (D.C. United), Victor Ulloa (FC Dallas), and Ruben Luna (FC Dallas).


Competition The tournament initially consisted of four groups made up of four teams from foundation to 2012, with the top team from each group advancing to the single-game knockout stages. For the 2013-2014 season a new format was introduced, early in the season a qualifying tournament for domestic teams was held with the top nine sides plus three invitational foreign sides qualifying for the finals of the tournament in 2014.

The 2014 finals was contested with three groups of four teams with one foreign side in each group, with the group winners and the best runner up advancing to the knock out stage. A second "domestic" division is contested for MLS clubs with did not qualify for the finals proper.

Match format[edit]

Games consist of two 35 minute halves. In the group stages in the event of a draw a penalty shoot out is held to award an extra point. Draws after normal time in the knock out stage are settled with a penalty shoot out with no extra time played.


  • Finals were played over 1 leg.
Year Winners Score Runner–up Host
2007 D.C. United 3-0 Kansas City Wizards Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
2008 Real Salt Lake 1–1
(5–4 pen)
D.C. United Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
2009 D.C. United 1–1
(6–5 pen)
FC Dallas Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
2010 D.C. United 0–0
(5–4 pen)
Real Salt Lake Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
2011 Los Angeles Galaxy 2-0 FC Dallas Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
2012 Philadelphia Union 2–2
(4–3 pen)
Toronto FC Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Washington
2014[2] England Stoke City 1-1
(4-2 pen)
Real Salt Lake Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas

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