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Philadelphia Union Academy U16s kick off Generation adidas Cup play on Friday

The Philadelphia Union Academy U16 team is traveling to Frisco, Texas, to compete in the consolation Premier Division of the Generation adidas Cup.

The Philadelphia Union Academy U16 team will kick off their Generation adidas Cup Premier Division campaign on Friday at 11 a.m. eastern time against the Colorado Rapids.

Though the Union failed to qualify for the Championship Division over two regional qualifier legs in October and February, they will still get a chance to compete against quality international competition. They face Mexican club Pumas UNAM in the second match scheduled for 11 a.m. on March 20 and finish Group C play against FC Tokyo on March 22 at 11 a.m.

None of the Union's Group matches are scheduled for streaming. MLS is streaming three group matches in each division and will stream the semifinals and final on MLSsoccer.com.

The Premier Division also includes D.C. United, CA Paranaense, Real Salt Lake and Houston Dynamo in Group A, Chicago Fire, Seattle Sounders, Orlando City and Chivas Guadalajara in Group B and Sporting Kansas City, Portland Timbers, New England Revolution and Monterrey in Group D.

The Championship Division has FC Dallas, Valencia, Toronto FC and the Mexico U17 team in Group A, New York Red Bulls, LA Galaxy, defending champions River Plate and Aspire Academy in Group B and San Jose Earthquakes, Columbus Crew SC, Universidad de Chile and Villareal in Group C.

The competition will include a 7-v-7 U12 division with 16 teams, including one from 2017 MLS expansion team Atlanta United.

"The Generation adidas Cup is a world-class competition that offers MLS academy teams the opportunity to compete against some of the most talented youth players and established clubs in the world," MLS Technical Director of Competition Alfonso Mondelo said in a news release. "Every year, the level of the competition continues to rise and provides a platform in which to display and evaluate the growth of MLS’ youth development system across North America."

The Philadelphia Union won the competition in 2012, edging Toronto FC on penalties. A champion wasn't crowned in 2013 and Stoke City won it in 2014, the first year international teams were invited.