NEW YORK, NY (Monday, March 30, 2015) – Major League Soccer today announced that it will host an inaugural small-sided U-12 tournament in conjunction with the 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas from April 2-4. Eight MLS academies will participate in the 7-v-7 competition, along with Mexican club Queretaro FC and Club America USA – the U.S.-based affiliate of the Mexican giant. The three-day tournament will be held at FC Dallas’ Toyota Soccer Center.
“MLS supports the small-sided game initiative and believes it to be a cornerstone of the development of future elite soccer players. It is important for MLS clubs to identify the most talented and skillful players at a young age and, through small-sided games, begin to guide their technical and tactical understanding of the game,” said MLS Technical Director of Player Programs Alfonso Mondelo.
The 2014-15 Generation adidas Cup kicked off this past Sunday and will conclude with championship matches on Saturday, April 4. A full Generation adidas Cup schedule, including live stream information, can be found here.