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Minnesota United Academy to Compete at 2024 Generation Adidas Cup


Minnesota United Academy’s U15 and U17 teams are set to compete in this year’s Generation adidas Cup (GA Cup) at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida from March 30 – April 7. The premier international youth tournament will feature representation from every MLS academy and 49 different club academies from a record-breaking 15 countries spanning four different continents. A total of 80 teams, 40 in each age group (U15 and U17), will compete.

Minnesota United’s U15 squad has been placed in Group J alongside Arsenal FC (England), New England Revolution and Orlando City SC’s youth sides. The Loons’ U17 team, has been placed in Group C with PSV Eindhoven (Netherlands), D.C. United and Strikers FC’s youth squads. See below for the full slate of Group Stage matches for MNUFC Academy’s teams at the 2024 GA Cup:

MNUFC Academy Group Stage Schedule at 2024 GA Cup
Orlando City SC – Sat., 3/30 at 8:30 a.m. 
Strikers FC – Sat., 3/30 at 1:00 p.m.
New England Revolution – Sun., 3/31 at 8:30 a.m.
D.C. United – Sun., 3/31 at 1:00 p.m.
Arsenal FC – Mon., 4/1 at 8:30 a.m.
PSV Eindhoven – Mon., 4/1 at 1:00 p.m. 

Schedule Subject to Change. All Times Central.

Twenty-eight Generation adidas Cup games, including championship matches in both age groups, will stream live on MLS Season Pass on Apple TV. Further Generation adidas Cup broadcast details, including the schedule of matches on MLS Season Pass, will be announced in the lead-up to the tournament.

In the 15th edition of the tournament, the 2024 Generation adidas Cup will see a record 19 different international clubs competing in the U15 and U17 age groups. Notably, the tournament will include clubs from four different continents – Asia, Europe, North America, and South America. Among the prestigious clubs participating, 2023 UEFA Youth League champions AZ Alkmaar and 24-time Eredivisie winners PSV will be the first teams from the Netherlands to compete in the tournament.

Competition Structure

Forty teams, organized into 10 groups of four, will compete in each of the two age groups. Group draws will be random, utilizing buckets categorized by division for MLS academies, while international clubs will be drawn randomly. Sixteen teams will advance to the single-elimination championship bracket—comprising the 10 group winners and the top-six second-place finishers. The next-best 16 teams will enter a consolation bracket, with the final eight teams competing in consolation groups to provide more competitive matches.

All teams competing in the 2024 Generation adidas Cup are guaranteed to play seven 60-minute matches, comprised of two 30-minute halves. The championship matches in both age groups will be extended to 70-minute matches. All contests that are tied at the end of regulation will go directly to a penalty-kick shootout.

2024 Generation adidas Cup schedule and standings will be available **HERE**.

After the conclusion of the tournament, awards will be presented in both age groups, recognizing the Generation adidas Cup Most Valuable Player, Top Scorer, and the Generation adidas Cup Best Goalkeeper presented by Allstate. The Generation adidas Cup Rising XI presented by BODYARMOR Sports Drink will highlight the top-performing players from each position at the competition.