The millions of dollars and resources MLS is pouring into youth development are on full display at the 2018 Generation adidas Cup in Frisco, Texas, as clubs from across the league have put forth strong showings against top international competition. Some of the best Homegrown Player talent in MLS has starred in pivotal victories throughout the tournament.
In total, three of the five youngest signings in league history, and six of the 12 youngest, are suiting up for their respective U-17 clubs at Generation adidas Cup. NYCFC’s 15-year-old defender Joe Scally, who last week became the second-youngest signing in MLS history, helped his club to a 1-0 victory over international power Real Madrid on Sunday. Similarly, 15-year-old forward Efrain Alvarez , the eighth-youngest singing in league history, provided the game-winning assist in the LA Galaxy’s 1-0 victory over heralded Liga MX side Pachuca on Friday. Other strong results for MLS sides over top international talent include FC Dallas’ victory over AS Monaco, and wins by both the Philadelphia Union and Colorado Rapids over Club Tijuana.