Seattle Sounders make history by winning title at Generation adidas Cup

The Seattle Sounders became the first MLS team to ever win the U-17 Champions Division in its current format at the Generation adidas Cup when they defeated Valencia, 1-0, in the final that went to overtime on Saturday in Frisco, Texas.

Like against three-time defending champion River Plate in the quarterfinals, the Sounders scored the game's only goal late in overtime.

Alfonso Ocampo-Chavez, who scored the goal against River Plate and followed that up with a first-half hat trick against West Ham United in the semifinals, played a cross to the far post, where Ray Serrano was open to score on a header.

The win was revenge for the Sounders' 1-0 loss to Valencia in their opening game and came a year after they won the Premier Division, the GA Cup's second-tier tournament for U-17 teams.

The Sounders needed to win their next two Champions Division games to reach the knockout round, beating Flamengo, the 2015 champion, and the Montreal Impact, 1-0, on goals by Ocampo-Chavez, who finished the tournament with six of Seattle's eight goals and was tied with River Plate's Daniel Lucero for the scoring lead.

In the final, Ocampo-Chavez had Seattle's best opportunities in regulation but he had a goal called back for offside in the first half and missed an open goal in the second half. Valencia twice hit the post in the second half.

Ocampo-Chavez and Serrano are among five players whom the Sounders have signed to pro contracts and who play for the Tacoma Defiance in the USL Championship. Josh Atencio, Danny Robles, Serrano and Ocampo-Chavez have USL pro contracts with the Defiance while 15-year-old Danny Leyva signed an MLS contract last week.

Tijuana beat Denmark's FC Midtjylland, 2-0, in the 2019 Premier Division final. Guadalajara beat Toronto FC in a shootout in the U-15 Division final.
2 comments about "Seattle Sounders make history by winning title at Generation adidas Cup".
  1. John Soares, April 21, 2019 at 12:39 p.m.

    What a great, positive accomplishment for USA youth, and future potential.

  2. Craig Cummings, April 21, 2019 at 8:20 p.m.

    I wonder how many players for Tijuana are Americans, and play for our youth national teams 

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