New York City FC’s academy is no stranger to success. As a matter of fact, the Blues’ U-16 side was responsible for bringing home what was the first piece of silverware NYCFC has earned in any capacity at any level: a Generation Adidas Cup back in 2017. Their U-18 team also won a trophy last summer.
Today, the Baby Blues added another feather to their cap with their U-17 side logging an impressive 4-0 win over the rival New York Red Bulls (and won their group) in the group stage of the 2019 GAC in Atlanta.
Though no real details have been disclosed about the contest (goal scorers, highlights, etc.), the lopsided result speaks volumes to how far NYCFC’s academy has come since being established in 2014.
We can hate them all we want: the Red Bulls have a great academy and have produced quality talent that have moved overseas to compete in Europe, with guys like Chelsea’s Matt Miazga and RB Leipzig’s Tyler Adams (WHO’S THE FARM TEAM NOW!?) being the most recent and notable examples. Plus, NJRB’s academy is the team’s primary pipeline when it comes to new signings.
Taking that into account, this result is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted nor overlooked. If “the kids” coming through NYCFC’s ranks continue to show promise and produce positive results — maybe another trophy or two — the Bronx Blues in five years could be an extremely dangerous force in North America’s top flight.
Good on you, youngsters! Keep it up and bring another trophy home.