Generation adidas Cup West Region qualifiers set for this weekend

(Via Sporting Kansas City / Sam Kovzan) – Swope Soccer Village and the Sporting Kansas City Academy will host 2017-18 Generation adidas Cup West Region qualifying matches this weekend, showcasing some of Major League Soccer’s best youth talent from the U-15 and U-17 levels.

The Generation adidas Cup was founded in 2007 at the U-17 level, emphasizing player development while providing elite competition for MLS academies. Since then, the competition has built prestige as a premier youth tournament featuring the best clubs from around the world.

2017-18 Generation adidas Cup: U-17 Qualifying Schedule

Date Time (CT) Match
Friday, Oct. 6 2pm LA Galaxy vs. Seattle Sounders FC
4:30pm Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes
7pm Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers
Saturday, Oct. 7 2:30pm Seattle Sounders FC vs. San Jose Earthquakes
5pm LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers
7:30pm Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting KC
Monday, Oct. 9 9am Portland Timbers vs. Seattle Sounders FC
11am LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
1pm Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes

2017-18 Generation adidas Cup: U-15 Friendly Schedule

Date Time (CT) Match
Friday, Oct. 6 2pm LA Galaxy vs. Houston Dynamo
4:30pm Real Salt Lake vs. San Jose Earthquakes
7pm Sporting KC vs. Portland Timbers
Saturday, Oct. 7 8am Houston Dynamo vs. San Jose Earthquakes
10am LA Galaxy vs. Portland Timbers
12pm Real Salt Lake vs. Sporting KC
Monday, Oct. 9 9am Sporting KC vs. San Jose Earthquakes
11am LA Galaxy vs. Real Salt Lake
1pm Portland Timbers vs. Houston Dynamo

2017-18 Generation adidas Cup Format

The 2017-18 Generation adidas Cup consists of three rounds. Two sets of regional qualifiers will lead to the final event in April 2018 in Frisco, Texas.

The regional qualifiers are split across two weekends. The first round is slated for this weekend, with games to be played Friday, Saturday and Monday. The next batch of qualifying matches will take place Feb. 16, 17 and 19, 2018.

Participating academy clubs are split into three regions — East, Central, West — with teams squaring off at least once in a round-robin for a total of six matches.

At the end of the second qualifying weekend, the top two teams in each region will advance to the Championship Division for the 2018 Generation adidas Cup proper in Frisco. Those clubs will be joined by top international talent as they battle for the Generation adidas Cup crown.

MLS teams that failed to earn a top-two finish in qualifying will compete in the Premier Division alongside international clubs next April in Frisco.

U-17 qualifying matches will unfold with two 40-minute halves, and three points will go to the victor. In the event of a draw, both teams will earn one point and an extra point will be decided via penalty kicks. U-15 matches will be played in two 35-minute halves.