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LAFC U-12s take 5th place at Generation Adidas Cup

Newcomers more than hold their own in tournament.

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The Generation Adidas Cup took place in Dallas this past week, and MLS and international academies participated in the annual event.

Of particular note, LAFC entered the fray for the first time, and finished well, taking fifth place out of 20 U-12 teams. The tournament was a 7-v-7 affair at that age level.

Los Angeles Football Club played in Group A, beating the Chicago Fire U-12s 3-1, Columbus Crew SC 3-0, Sporting Kansas City 2-1, and losing the group stage finale against New York City FC 2-0.

From there, in the knockout stage LAFC beat Philadelphia Union 1-0, and then downed Toronto FC 1-0 in the fifth-place match to seal their finish.

All in all, it’s an impressive showing for LAFC, as they are still in the early stages of setting up their academy, with expansion beyond this inaugural U-12 group on the horizon.

And as always, a blanket reminder that academy results in and of themselves don’t really matter as much as developing players, but academies that lose a lot don’t tend to churn out good pros. And giving LAFC a chance to measure themselves against the competition around the league should help them moving forward. So well done, and keep up the good work!

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