Purple Pipeline: Orlando City U15, U17 squads finish on top in group stage at Generation adidas Cup


The Orlando City under-15 and under-17 squads are moving on to the Round of 16 at the Generation adidas Cup after coming out on top in Group Play over the past three days in Bradenton, Fla.

The U15s bested the Houston Dynamo, Danish side FC Nordsjælland and Minnesota United to take Group 4 with six points, while the U17s topped Group 9 ahead of Club León and MLS sides Nashville SC and New England Revolution.

As both squads look to continue their run on Wednesday, here's a look back at the weekend's results:

Under-17 results:

Saturday, April 1: Orlando City 0, Club León 0 (OCSC wins 4-1 on penalties)

The U17s opened the tournament with two points against Club León, knocking off the Liga MX side with a dominant effort in the penalty shootout. Colin Guske, Jackson Platts, Dylan Judelson and Justin Elis all converted from the spot for Orlando City and goalkeeper Zackory Campagnolo tallied a massive save to kick off Group Play on a positive note.

Sunday, April 2: Orlando City 3, New England Revolution 2

Justin Elis, Owen Drummond and Juan Quevado each tallied goals to help the Lions edge the Revolution in the second match of the group stage and move to the top of the table with five points.

Monday, April 3: Orlando City 1, Nashville SC 0

Ryan Heron scored the only goal Orlando needed to cap its unbeaten run in group stage with a clinching clean-sheet win over Nashville SC. The Lions finished atop Group 9 with eight points -- three points clear of second-place Club León -- with the victory.

Under-15 results:

Saturday, April 1: Orlando City 1, Houston Dynamo 1 (OCSC wins 5-3 on penalties)

The Orlando City U15s opened the tournament by earning two points, thanks to a goal from Gustavo Delgado and successful conversions by Caleb Trombino, Clovis Archange, Delgado, Jarell Bonilla and Elijah Baptist in a dramatic penalty shootout against Houston.

Sunday, April 2: FC Nordsjaelland 1, Orlando City 1 (FCN wins 3-1 on penalties)

Gustavo Delgado found the back of the net again for the Lions, but this time, they were held to one point to move their total to three for the tournament as Danish side FC Nordsjaelland took the penalty shootout.

Monday, April 3: Orlando City 2, Minnesota United 1

Another goal by Gustavo Delgado -- his team-best third of the Group Stage -- and another from Zach Olah proved to be enough for the Lions to bring home the victory and clinch the top spot in Group 4 with six points.

MLS NEXT Pro: Orlando City B wins home opener against Huntsville

Orlando City B continued its unbeaten run to open the young MLS NEXT Pro season, downing Huntsville City FC 2-1 on Friday night at Osceola County Stadium at Osceola Heritage Park.

Fresh off international duty with the U.S. Men's National Team's U-19 squad, Homegrown defender Alex Freeman scored his first two professional goals and Cristian Medina earned his first assist to pace the young Lions.

OCB will look to stay hot as it hosts in-state rival Inter Miami CF II on Sunday at 6 p.m.