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Three Sporting KC Academy teams compete at 2019 Copa Rayados in Texas

Three Sporting Kansas City Academy teams spent Thanksgiving Weekend competing at the 2019 Copa Rayados Internacional tournament at Bear Branch Sportsplex in The Woodlands, Texas.

The Sporting KC U-13s, U-14s and U-15s all delivered solid performances at the prestigious youth tournament, which featured some of the top professional and amateur youth academies from the United States and Mexico.

Led by head coach Declan Jogi, the U-14s led the way with an impressive second-place finish that produced five wins. Sporting were stout defensively en route to four shutout victories in the group stage, then thrashed San Antonio FC by a 6-2 scoreline in the semifinals before taking a 3-0 loss to FC Dallas in the tournament championship.