The squad of MLS youngsters known as Generation adidas wrapped up their tour of the Netherlands yesterday with a match against Dutch second-division side Almere City.
Playing their second match in as many days, the Americans gave up two goals inside the first half hour, but still dominated most of the game, particularly in the second half, when they kept the play almost entirely in Almere’s end and outshot their opponents 16–1.
But a combination of faulty finishing and some great saves by Almere keeper Kostas Paristeridis kept the GA side scoreless.
The GA players fly home to the U.S. today, having gone 1-2-0 in their 10-day tour of the Netherlands.
The Columbus Crew’s 22-year-old midfielder Dilly Duka scored his second goal in as many games, and the Vancouver Whitecaps’ 18-year-old striker Omar Salgado produced another piece of brilliance to lead the Generation adidas team to a 3-2 win over second-division Dutch side FC Volendam yesterday.
Duka struck on a free kick (as he did against the Ajax reserves last week) and Salgado, with his back to goal at the top of the box, took a pass from 20-year-old Philadelphia Union striker Danny Mwanga, turned skillfully, and rifled a shot into the top right corner.
Combined with his mazy run against the Ajax reserves last Thursday, Salgado’s goal was enough to make you wonder why he didn’t get more PT in 2011.
The GA squad outshot Volendam 19–5 and controlled most of the game. They played the last 14 minutes with 10 men after 19-year-old Philly striker Jack McInerney was sent off for dissent.
The young MLSers wrap up their Netherlands schedule today, taking on Almere City FC, another Dutch second-division club, this afternoon.
The MLS Generation adidas team opened its tour of the Netherlands with a 4-2 loss to the Ajax reserves yesterday in Amsterdam, but pay attention to the 1:55 mark in the highlights clip below, when 18-year-old Texan Omar Salgado picks up the ball in midfield.
The lanky Vancouver Whitecaps youngster launches a dazzling run, beating seven Ajax players before the ball falls to Red Bulls striker Corey Hertzog, who laces it inside the near post to make it 2-2.
Salgado’s flourish almost makes up for the shoddy GA defending and lopsided result. Almost.
Take a look (again, the magic starts 1:55 in):
(By the way, Ajax—best kits in soccer? Best kits in soccer.)
The GA side returns to action on Tues, Dec 13, against Volendam.
You can’t read too much into games like these, but the MLS Generation adidas side has to feel pretty good about the three wins it just reeled off in Spain.
With only two natural defenders on their roster (Dallas winger Brek Shea played in the back), the GA team knocked off the reserve sides of venerable La Liga teams Real Madrid (2-1), Rayo Vallecano (1-0 in a driving rain), and Atletico Madrid (4-1)—all of which are in midseason, with players (presumably) eager to claw their way into the first team.
Here are the highlights from yesterday’s rout of Atletico, with an own goal created by FC Dallas midfielder Andrew Wiedeman, two strikes from Sporting KC striker Teal Bunbury and one from Red Bulls youngster Juan Agudelo: