Major League Soccer revealed the draw for the 2016 Generation adidas Cup on Friday, and while the Philadelphia Union Academy didn't qualify for the Champions Division of the tournament, they will be facing youth teams from three different countries.
The Union drew Colorado Rapids, Mexican club UNAM Pumas and FC Tokyo in their Premiership Division bracket of the annual U17 tournament. The Union won the cup back in 2012 before international teams were invited.
After qualifying for the Champions Division last year on a last second goal to beat eventual Premiership division winners New York Red Bulls, the Union finished fifth out of six teams in the East Regional with 7 points in six matches and a record of 1-3-2 (an additional point is awarded for winning a penalty shootout, which the Union did twice).
The GA Cup will be held in Frisco, Texas from March 18-26.
The Champions Division includes FC Dallas, Valencia, Toronto FC and the Mexico U17 team in Group A, New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy, River Plate and Aspire Academy in Group B and San Jose Earthquakes, Columbus Crew SC, U. De Chile and Villarreal in Group C.
The competition will also include a U12 division for the first time this year with Houston Dynamo, Portland Timbers, New York Red Bulls, Villarreal, Toronto FC, Orlando City SC, LAFC, Real Club Celta De Vigo, Chicago Fire, Colorado Rapids, Sporting Kansas City, Querétaro FC, FC Dallas, Atlanta United, D.C. United and Chivas Guadalajara.