New York City FC’s academy has already made positive waves over the last year with players like James Sands, Giovanni Reyna and Joe Scally impressing.
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The MLS side’s Under-17 team pulled off a historic win on Sunday though when NYCFC topped Real Madrid’s youth side on Sunday.
The Bronx club pulled off a 1-0 victory courtesy of a second-half strike from substitute David Alino.
NYCFC currently sits on three points in Group C play through two matches. Brazilian side Atletico Paranaense holds six points, and needs just a draw on Monday to finish atop the group.
Four groups make up the Generation adidas Cup tournament field, and only the group winners advance to the semifinals.
Check out the highlights below from the impressive victory.
Seldom is a U-15 match truly worth national attention, but it certainly deserves eyes when the player who stars in the Stars and Stripes happens to be the son of USMNT royalty.
Giovanni Reyna is going to be known as Claudio Reyna’s son for some time, but if he keeps up starring roles like his goal and two assist performance against Panama in the CONCACAF U-15 Championship, Claudio will move into “Giovanni Reyna’s dad” status at some point.
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That’s way down the line considering “Dad” is an American pioneer with 112 caps, eight goals and a career with Manchester City, Rangers, Sunderland, Bayer Leverkusen, Wolfsburg, and New York Red Bulls, but worth noting nonetheless.
Reyna’s goal was an absolute stunner:
And here are his two assists, putting Mexico on notice for Saturday morning’s final.