Toronto FC's Under-16 academy team spent the weekend down in Orlando to take part in the final round of matches for the East Region in the Generation adidas Cup. The squad went in to the event sitting on top of their group thanks to three wins last summer meaning that they only needed a few results to go their way to book their place in the final round later this year.
The squad got the job done with a pair of shootout defeats to the New York Red Bulls and Orlando City after 2-2 draws along with a 3-0 win over the Philadelphia Union. The results were enough to ensure that TFC remained on top of the East Region and will be one of two teams advancing to the final round of play which will take place over Easter weekend in April.
Joining Toronto FC in the final bracket out of the east will be the Philadelphia Union who needed a last gasp winner over the New York Red Bulls to clinch their place. That goal came from a former TFC Academy player in Raheem Taylor-Parkes who moved to the Union system last summer.
It's game time. TFC VS Philadelphia Union U17s at the GA Cup! pic.twitter.com/ujul9oJvzr— Toronto FC Academy (@tfcacademy) February 14, 2015
The Generation adidas competition moved to a new format for 2014-15 which extended the competition but that has not slowed down a TFC program that has been a force in previous years. They have now made the final stage of the competition each year but will be looking to win the title for the first time this spring.
The TFCA squad was led this past weekend by the likes of Richie Ennin, Gabriel Boakye, Kevin Timachy, and Cyrus Rollocks who all found the back of the net at least once over the course of the three matches. It was a squad that consisted of a mix of last year's Under-16 team and several members of the Junior academy team.