Generation Adidas Cup

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Generation Adidas Cup
Region United States
Number of teams12 (international division)
Current championsUnited States Seattle Sounders FC
(2nd title)
Most successful club(s)D.C. United
River Plate
(3 titles)

The Generation Adidas Cup (previously known as the SUM U-17 Cup) is a competition run by Major League Soccer for all U-17 MLS academy teams. As part of the Homegrown 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).


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.

For 2015 the "International Division" was renamed as the "Champions Division". As before there were three groups of four teams, however the number of foreign teams per group was increased to two meaning only the top six MLS academy teams qualified. The secondary domestic division was renamed as the "Premier Division" and one foreign team was invited to compete in each group.

Seattle Sounders FC became the first MLS team to win the new Champions Division, defeating Valencia CF in the 2019 final.[2] The entire tournament was streamed on Twitch.[3]

Match format[edit]

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


Year Winners Score Runner–up Host
2007 United States D.C. United 3–0 United States Kansas City Wizards Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
2008 United States Real Salt Lake 1–1
United States D.C. United Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
2009 United States D.C. United 1–1
United States FC Dallas Dick's Sporting Goods Park, Commerce City, Colorado
2010 United States D.C. United 0–0
United States Real Salt Lake Robertson Stadium, Houston, Texas
2011 United States Los Angeles Galaxy 2–0 United States FC Dallas Pizza Hut Park, Frisco, Texas
2012 United States Philadelphia Union 2–2
Canada Toronto FC Starfire Sports Complex, Tukwila, Washington
2014[4] England Stoke City 1–1
United States Real Salt Lake Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2015[5] Argentina River Plate 1–0 Germany Eintracht Frankfurt Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2016[6] Argentina River Plate 2–0 Chile Universidad de Chile Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2017[7] Argentina River Plate 2–1 Brazil Flamengo Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2018 Brazil Flamengo 1–0 Brazil Atlético Paranaense Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2019 United States Seattle Sounders FC 1–0 Spain Valencia Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2020 Not held due to the COVID-19 pandemic
2022 (U-15) United States Portland Timbers 2–0 Spain Valencia Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2022 (U-17) United States Seattle Sounders FC 2–0 Mexico Tigres UANL Toyota Stadium, Frisco, Texas
2023 (U-15) United States Austin FC 1–1
United States Philadelphia Union IMG Academy Field, Bradenton, Florida
2023 (U-17) United States Philadelphia Union 1–0 United States FC Dallas IMG Academy Field, Bradenton, Florida


  1. ^ "Stoke City: Under-17s win Generation Adidas Cup on penalty shoot-out | Stoke Sentinel". Archived from the original on 15 September 2014. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  2. ^ Robertson, Daniel (April 20, 2019). "GA Cup: Seattle Sounders become first MLS team to win Champions Division". Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  3. ^ "2019 Generation adidas Cup to be streamed exclusively on Twitch". April 12, 2019. Retrieved April 20, 2019.
  4. ^ "Generation adidas Cup 2014: Stoke City take title with shootout win over Real Salt Lake after 1-1 tie |". Archived from the original on 2014-06-22. Retrieved 2014-09-15.
  5. ^ "Generation adidas Cup 2015: River Plate strike late to beat Eintracht Frankfurt | Toronto FC U-12s take title |". Archived from the original on 2015-04-08. Retrieved 2015-04-06.
  6. ^ "Watch: River Plate vs. Universidad de Chile | Generation adidas Cup 2016". 2016-03-26. Retrieved 2018-10-30.
  7. ^ Major League Soccer (15 April 2017). "Flamengo vs. River Plate - 2017 Generation adidas Cup". Archived from the original on 2021-12-15 – via YouTube.

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