RSL Begins 2011 Generation adidas Cup with 3-1 Win over Chicago Fire

RSL runs undefeated streak in annual U-17 competition to 15 games

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Photo Credit: 
Rick Yeatts


Combined RSL Side Looking to Replicate Past Success in
Annual Under-17 Tournament for MLS Academy Teams


SANDY, Utah (Tuesday, July 26, 2011) –
Real Salt Lake
well-represented in this year’s edition of the Generation adidas Cup,
with a team comprised once again of players from RSL’s three youth development
branches in Utah, Arizona and Florida trying to duplicate past success
in what was previously known as the SUM U-17 Cup.

In the fifth annual edition of the
showcase tournament, the Claret-and-Cobalt youngsters have been matched up in a
Group D that is considered the deepest of the four pools in this year’s
16-team field, lining up alongside the New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy and
Chicago Fire
. It is easy to see why Group D earned this year’s “Group of
Death” moniker, as three of the squads placed among the nation’s best in this
month’s U.S. Soccer Development Academy “Finals Week” championships in
Milwaukee, the RSL-Arizona Academy squad placing third in the U-15/16 division
behind the eventual champion Galaxy, while New York placed sixth in the U-18

Sixteen of the 18 current MLS teams
will field U-17 teams that will take part in five games across seven days time
at Pizza Hut Park in Frisco, Texas, with only expansion newcomers
Portland and Vancouver sitting out this year’s competition. The Generation
adidas Cup kicked off Monday evening, when RSL got off to a fine start via a 3-1
victory over Chicago
. RSL will take to the field for its second pool play
match this evening against the Red Bulls at 7:15 p.m. MT and will enjoy the day
off on Wednesday before finishing up Group D action Thursday against the Galaxy
at 7:15 p.m. MT. Tonight’s contest could allow Real Salt Lake a small measure
of payback, as it was the Red Bulls’ defeat of the RSL-AZ Academy U-18 squad in
the final match of pool play in the opening round of the USSDA Playoffs last
month that kept the team from qualifying for Finals Week alongside its U-16 brethren.

Real Salt Lake’s young elites will be
directed by the strongest staff yet assembled by the Claret-and-Cobalt,
including newly-appointed RSL-Arizona Academy Director of Soccer Operations Martin
, who will work hand-in-hand with RSL Youth Development Technical
Director and RSL First Team Assistant Coach Miles Joseph in overseeing
the squad. In addition, the Real Salt Lake staff at Pizza Hut Park will include
coaches from all three branches of the RSL Youth Development system in Mike
(RSL-AZ Academy), Greg Maas (RSL-Utah) and Maurice
(RSL-Florida), the group leading a 19-man RSL contingent that
includes 14 players from the RSL-Arizona Academy program, four players from
the RSL-Utah U-17 group and one member of the RSL-Florida
camp out of

The commitment Real Salt Lake has
shown towards the annual U-17 tournament during its first four years has proven
worth the effort, as RSL won the tournament in 2008 and placed as the runner-up
to three-time champion D.C. United in last year’s championship in Houston, a
dramatic penalty kick shootout defeat keeping the RSL side from an even split
of the four titles to that point. After going 0-3-0 during the first tournament
in 2007, Real Salt Lake has not lost since, last night’s win over Chicago
bumping its undefeated streak over the last four years in the competition to a
remarkable 15 games (8-0-7).


Real Salt Lake
U-17 2011 Generation Adidas Cup Roster

Julio Alarcón, Jordan Allen, Kainoa Bailey, Dylan Kelly,
Dylan Macvane, Cole Nagy, Miguel Polley, Alan Rivera, Miguel Salazar, Lucas
Seligman, Nick Semintendi, Ben Fritz Spencer, Joey Speshock, Jon Zabassajja

RSL-Florida: Andrew

RSL-Utah: Lucas
Cawley, Alejandro Espinoza, Matt Gay, T. Joseph Wheelwright


Real Salt Lake 2011 Generation Adidas Cup Schedule and
Results (Group D)

July 25: Real Salt Lake  3 : 1  Chicago Fire

July 26: RSL v. New York Red Bulls – 7:15 p.m. MT

July 28: RSL v. LA Galaxy – 7:15 p.m. MT

July 29: Semifinals/Placement match TBD – (Based on group play results)

July 31: Championship/Placement match TBD – (Based on Friday’s result)


Real Salt Lake Generation adidas Cup/SUM U-17 Cup History


3-0-2, Champions

2-0-2, Third Place

2-0-3, Runner-up / /