It’s back-to-back titles for New York City FC’s Boys U-19 Academy team, which defeated FC Dallas 2-1 to win the 2019 U.S. Soccer Development Academy Championship (DA).
With the win, NYCFC becomes the first club in the competition’s history to win U-19 titles in consecutive years. In 2018, New York City defeated LA Galaxy on penalties. This year’s semi-finals and finals were held at Championship Soccer Stadium in Orange County Great Park in Irvine, CA.
“Winning back-to-back championships in the DA is a reward for doing things the right way throughout our Academy,” said Claudio Reyna, NYCFC’s Sporting Director. “We’ve built a culture around developing strong human values and it continues to play a big role in setting a standard of excellence on and off the field.”
The 2019 DA Championship is the third major trophy for NYCFC’s Boys Academy. In 2017, several of the same players lifted the Generation adidas Cup after beating Mexican side Tigres 1-0.
The title caps an excellent season for the squad who also advanced to the championship match at the 2019 Dallas Cup before narrowly falling to Spanish club Villareal in April.
This age group was the first to fully come through the Club’s Academy since joining the NYCFC ranks as U-14s.
The cycle has produced three homegrown players — James Sands, Joe Scally and Justin Haak — and numerous others have gone on or are scheduled to play at the Division I collegiate level.