Analyzing Nashville SC’s academy groups for the Generation Adidas Cup

It’s a wonderful time of year in the MLS youth scene, as this coming weekend starts the Generation Adidas Cup in Bradenton, Florida. It’s a youth competition bringing together every single MLS academy along with 19 international clubs from 15 different countries.

Nashville’s under-17 and under-15 squads will both be competing, with the tournament running from March 30th to April 7th.

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Unfortunately, no group stage games for either of Nashville’s academy teams have been selected for broadcast on MLS Season Pass. But should either of them advance to the knockout stages, two games from each round in both age groups are broadcast, giving Nashville more opportunities to be featured.

U-17s

Nashville SC (USA), LAFC (USA), Austin FC (USA), Club Atlético River Plate (ARG)

Nashville’s under-17s team is much thinner now than it was in this competition a year ago, with most of last year’s team furthering their development in Huntsville at the moment.

However, even if those players were in Bradenton with the academy, this group would still be incredibly challenging to navigate. Last year, LAFC’s under-17s reached the semifinal, losing to eventual champions Philadelphia. Austin won the under-15 division in 2023, and some of those players are now a year older and an age group up, making them a very difficult out as well.

Then, we come to perhaps the toughest opponent of them all, Argentine giants River Plate. The same River Plate academy that just had five players in the Argentine squad that finished third in the most recent under-17 World Cup, and four in Argentina’s squad for the most recent South American U-17 Championship, also finishing third.

The saving grace? All of those players have been promoted to teams above the one River Plate is bringing to southwest Florida. Nonetheless, River Plate has never been a team struggling for talent in the pipeline. Additionally, if past results are what you’re looking for, River Plate’s under-17s won this competition three consecutive years from 2015-17. Fun fact, Manchester City’s Julian Alvarez was on that 2017 River Plate team.

U-15s

Nashville SC (USA), FC Nordsjælland (DEN), Weston FC (USA), Real Salt Lake (USA)

The under-15s have a much more navigable group than their older counterparts. None of the three of these teams reached the knockout stages last year.

To get the club you’re unlikely to have ever heard of out of the way, Weston FC is an independent MLS Next academy that also operates a senior team in USL League Two. At the under-15 level they’re a very respectable club who currently sit in 2nd in their division in MLS Next league play.

FC Nordsj√¶lland is the Danish club owned by Right To Dream, the academy system owned by the Mansour Group. The group, and their majority owner and chairman Mohamed Mansour, recently were awarded an MLS expansion team in San Diego FC. This will be Nordsj√¶lland’s second consecutive appearance in the Generation Adidas Cup at the under-15 level.

Real Salt Lake’s under-15s are unfortunately the odd man out here, as there’s no real interesting anecdotes to tell you about them. It’s Real Salt Lake, you know who they are. Currently, this age group for RSL sits in 6th in their division in league play.


Stay tuned for more updates on how Nashville SC’s academy teams progress in the tournament.

Author: Ronan Briscoeis a contributor for Broadway Sports, and a founding contributor at SoundwaveSoccer.com, where he covers Nashville SC, Huntsville City FC and Nashville's youth academy.

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