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.