The Union Academy's quest for a second Generation Adidas Cup got off to a rocky start with a 4-0 loss to Brazilian club Palmeiras Sunday.
Palmeiras opened the scoring with a free kick in the first half and added three goals in the second half of the 70-minute game to open Group C play. San Jose Earthquakes lost 3-0 to German club Eintracht Frankfurt in the other Group C match of the day.
The Union started the game with goalkeeper Andrew Verdi, Mark McKenzie, Auston Trusty, Joseph Dezart and Freeman Dwamema on the back line, Anthony Fontana, Jack Skahan, Lamine Conte and Josue Monge in the midfield and Tiger Graham and Justin McMaster as forwards.
The Union are scheduled to play Eintracht Frankfurt today at 3 p.m. central time. Palmeiras plays San Jose at 6 p.m. central time in a game that is being streamed by MLS (New York Red Bulls against Recife at 1 p.m. is the other MLS stream of the day).
In other Championship Division play in the Generation Adidas Cup, Sporting Kansas City beat Aspire Academy 4-2 and Toronto FC lost to River Plate 2-0 in Group A and hosts FC Dallas beat Athletic Bilbao 3-0 and Real Salt Lake lost to Pumas UNAM 2-1 in Group B.
This is the second year that international clubs are participating in the annual U-17 tournament. Stoke City's youth team won the competition last year.