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NYCFC U16s Win Generation Adidas Cup

Gio Reyna powers the Baby Blues over Tigres in extra time

When it Reynas, it pours. Seriously, people. Get a whiff of some of this hot fire.

Gio Reyna, son of NYCFC sporting director Claudio, converted a penalty try in extra time to hand New York City FC’s Under-16s the Generation Adidas Cup Premier Division championship against the youth side representing Mexican club Tigres.

Hoist that trophy in health, boys!

The Baby Blues put together a scintillating run through the ‘Premier’ bracket of the GenAdidas Cup. Group stage play found them besting the Seattle Sounders on penalties, with out-and-out victories over Costa Rica’s Deportivo Saprissa (2-0) and Mexico’s Pumas UNAM (1-0). A 2-0 win over San Jose Earthquakes — in which Will Sands (yes, !!!SANDS!!!) netted the opener — propelled New York City’s younglings in the semifinals.

Really, you could say that this weekend was full of so much NYCFC winning that NYCFC fans have gotten tired of all the winning. Many, many people are saying this. Believe me. But we’re used to seeing David Villa crack the sky on the way to handsome victories that make the gods cry thousand-ton tears of earnest joy. This added youth element, however, is something new. And I really, really like it. Is there any reason why we shouldn’t expect more?

Considering the unmitigated success of the Under-16s juxtaposed with the glorious preseason breakout of fellow teenager !!!JAMES SANDS!!!, it’s clear that there’s suddenly the real semblance of a #pipeline from the primordial youth system soup to NYCFC’s senior team.

Onward, boys! Hasta la victoria siempre.