Youth soccer is about to take over North Texas in the coming days. Both the Generation adidas Cup and Dallas Cup tournaments are primed to begin in the coming days across Dallas.
FC Dallas has several teams competing in both competitions with the U-16 squad competing in the Champions division of the GA Cup and the U-18 squad competing in the Gordon Jago Super Group in the Dallas Cup.
Both are big stages for the academy teams. We’ve seen the likes of former academy stars like Kellyn Acosta and Alejandro Zendejas shine in these tournaments. But who are some up and coming academy players that could see their names elevated more in the Homegrown discussion?
No one in the entire academy at the U16 age has scored more than Padilla’s 22 goals this season. No one. Padilla is certainly one of the next big things for the club that will be called upon a lot in the coming days. He has been pretty hot as of late too scoring a goal in his last three games for the U-16s. Expect scouts to be watching his game heavily during the GA Cup run.
Most of you may have wondered why we haven’t seen more of the former MLS MVP’s son with the first team after he signed his HGP deal over the offseason. Simple enough, he’s been with the U16s during their GA Cup run and with the U18s some this spring. He scored ten goals in qualifying and will likely be the focal point for the team as they look to win their first GA Cup title.
Also, he can score goals like this:
Terwege is probably a name you’ve noticed lately with international call ups to his name. Earlier in the week he was called into the U-20 national team camp as that group prepares for the World Cup later this summer. The U-18 defender will have his hands full with the likes of Everton, Monterey and Macabbi Haifa in the Dallas Cup Super Group.
The goalkeeper ranks in the academy system are always intriguing to watch given that we’ve had two stellar HGP keepers in Jesse Gonzalez and Richard Sanchez come through the system. Is Avilez the next HGP keeper? It may be too early to tell but so far this spring he has shown well, including a recent shutout last weekend against the Colorado Rapids’ U-18 academy side. If he can have a big Dallas Cup performance, it will certainly help vault him into some discussions.
FC Dallas and Everton will kick off the 38th edition of the tournament on April 9 at 12:30 p.m. in the first of an opening day triple header at the historic Cotton Bowl in Dallas.
FCD’s GA Cup run will begin tomorrow, April 7, against Independiente del Valle at 4:45 pm. You can watch that game here.