Celtic U17s making big mark in Adidas tournament; swat aside 2 MLS teams

By David Walton

April 12, 2022

Celtic’s under-17 side has made a big impression after emerging victorious in their first 2 matches of the MLS Adidas Generation Cup.

Celtic are currently being represented in the USA-based competition with both an under-17s and under-15s side. And undoubtedly it’s been an invaluable learning experience for the youngsters so far.

The under-15s were unfortunate to lose 2-0 in their opener against FC Austin before a 5-4 penalty shootout loss to Seattle Sounders after a brave 1-1 draw. The youngsters rounded off their group stage campaign with a 3-1 loss to Sporting Kansas City and will surely take a lot from their experience so far.

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The under-17s, meanwhile, are having a bit more luck when it comes to the results. They kicked things off with a 1-1 draw against Atlanta United that led to a 6-4 penalty shootout win for the Bhoys. That was then backed up last night with a fine 2-1 win over New England Revolution.

That result leaves them sitting top of Group H on 5 points. 2 of them awarded for the shootout win. They’ll round off their own group stage campaign against FC Cincinnati later this afternoon. The match will be streamed on the MLS; Twitch and YouTube pages at 3pm this afternoon.

Victory in that one will ensure that they take one of the top 10 seeded spots for the knockout rounds.

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Celtic under-17s making a big impression with some fine results

It says a lot about the ability of these Celtic youngsters that they’ve been able to go to the USA and overcome home-based teams on their own turf. Especially given the heat in Dallas, Texas at the moment.

Whether they can go all the way remains to be seen, but it’s not an easy environment they’ve been thrown into. Credit goes to under-17s boss Stuart McLaren and his Bhoys for their displays so far.

The competition is due to conclude on April 17th when the under-17s final gets underway. As things stand, Celtic are looking like being a possible contender to go all the way.

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Granted, there are strong international academies also taking part in the competition. The likes of Manchester United and Roma are also going strong so far in the under-17s section.

But even so, Celtic are holding their own with 2 impressive displays so far. They’ll be looking to make it 3 wins out of 3 when they face Cincinnati this afternoon – a side who have lost their opening 2 matches of the competition.

All the best to the Bhoys!

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