The international tournament in Frisco, Texas offered an opportunity to see some of the most talented youngsters in world soccer up close. MLS academy talent proved to be up to the challenge, as MLS academy products walked away with four of the six individual awards.
Two Seattle Sounders players were recognized as the best of the tournament after the MLS side claimed the Under-17 title on Sunday with a 2-0 win against Tigres.
It was the defensive effort from the Sounders that stood out throughout the week, so it was no surprise when center back Stuart Hawkins was named MVP of the tournament. He was joined by teammate Wyatt Nelson, who won the Top Goalie award.
Tigres striker Isaias Galvan netted seven goals total and was the event's Top Scorer.
Noah Santos was named MVP of the tournament after scoring five goals for the MLS side, while goalkeeper Keenan VanPelt, who came up with big saves in the final against Valencia and was consistent throughout the entire tournament, received the Top Goalie award.
Flamengo striker David Oliveira earned Top Scorer honors with seven goals to his name, one more than Monterrey’s Francisco Aldair Valenzuela Lopez.