The Philadelphia Union Academy's quest for a second Generation Adidas Cup championship continues on Sunday, March 29 as the U-16 team takes on Brazilian club Palmeiras in Group C play.
Also drawn into Group C are the San Jose Earthquakes, which the Union play on April 1 and German club Eintracht Frankfurt, which plays the Union on Monday, March 30.
FC Dallas is hosting the tournament in Frisco, Texas.
Group A includes Toronto FC, Sporting Kansas City, Argentinian club River Plate and Aspire Academy. Group B has the hosts, Real Salt Lake, Spanish club Athletic Club Bilbao and Mexican club Pumas UNAM.
The winner of each group and the best overall second place team will advance to the semifinals. Teams that don't advance will play an additional two matches for a total of five 70-minute matches over the course of the tournament.
A Premier Division will also compete with four groups of teams that didn't qualifty for the Champions Division. The division includes New York Red Bulls, Houston Dynamo, Brazilian club Recife and Seattle Sounders in Group A; Chicago Fire, Orlando City SC, LA Galaxy and Mexican club Tigres in Group B; Chivas USA, Japanese club Sagan Tosu, D.C. United and Columbus Crew SC in Group C; and Colombian club Medellin, Portland Timbers, Colorado Rapids and New England Revolution in Group D.
The Union nearly missed out on advancing to the Champions Division in the second leg of qualifying in Orlando in February when Raheem Taylor-Parkes scored a last second goal that beat the New York Red Bulls and put the Union through to the Champions Division with a second place finish in the East regional behind Toronto FC.
A Union Academy team featuring Zack Steffen, Connor Maloney and Zach Pfeffer won the annual Generation Adidas Cup U-17 competition in 2012 when it was only domestic teams competing. Last year, Stoke City won the cup in the first year international teams were invited to participate.