Collin Martin, former D.C. United Academy standout and current Wake Forest Demon Deacon, was called into the United States U-20 Training Camp in Carson, Calif., from April 22-29 in preparation for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup.
The freshman midfielder/forward hails from Chevy Chase, Md., and has trained with Manchester United in 2008 and German side Hoffenheim in 2011. The young midfielder has made an impact with both United’s Academy and professional level— scoring a game-tying goal for United’s reserve team against the New England Revolution. Furthermore, Martin impressed coaches and players alike at several practices with United’s First Team in 2012.
Martin— named First Team All-Met by the Washington Post— helped the U-18s reach the USSDA National Championship in Texas and was named an Eastern Conference starting XI midfielder at the end of the 2012 season.
The 18-year-old graduated early from Bethesda-Chevy Chase High School and went on to feature in 20 games for Wake Forest, starting 15 of them. The young standout tallied one goal and registered six assists in the 2012 season, helping the Demon Deacons reach the first round of the NCAA tournament. Martin was then called into the U-20 camp in December of 2012.
"Collin being called into camp is important for D.C. United," said D.C. United Director of Youth Development Sonny Silooy. "He is still 18, still very young. When someone is already selected at just 17, you know he already has a lot of talent. He has potential to make the First Team for D.C and maybe the United States National Team someday."
Collin will join 23 other players in California, including current Major League Soccer standouts Will Trap and Jose Villarreal.
In honor of Earth Day, D.C. United players Chris Pontius, Brandon McDonald, Bill Hamid, Ethan White, and Joe Willis, along with over 30 volunteers participated in a large-scale clean-up of the National Mall. D.C. United partnered with Trust for the National Mall to help maintain, restore, and beautify America’s front yard.
Today was team photo day for the Black-and-Red. The team headed down East Capitol Street for the shoot. Join us on May 8 when D.C. United hosts the Houston Dynamo on team poster night.
May 8 tickets available ONLINE
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) April 15, 2013
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) April 15, 2013
—M.Saragosa (@MarceloSaragosa) April 15, 2013
— Dwayne De Rosario (@dwaynederosario) April 15, 2013
D.C. United had a special guest in the stands tonight. Nationals' Pitcher Gio Gonzalez made the short trek from Nats Park to RFK after the Nationals fell 1-3 to the Atlanta Braves. Gonzalez spent some time on the field during warm-ups and snapped pictures with fans before watching the match from the Director's Box.
— Justin McMahan (@thejboymc) April 14, 2013
After a tough loss at home Saturday night, D.C. United players took to Twitter to thank the fans and ask them for continued support.
Midfielder Perry Kitchen:
— Perry Kitchen (@PerryKitchen23) April 14, 2013
Defender Brandon McDonald:
— Brandon McDonald (@BMcDonald4) April 14, 2013
Midfielder Kyle Porter:
Stick with us we will bounce back! #DCUnited we are nothing without the fans! Tough game..
— Kyle Neville Porter (@KylePorter19) April 14, 2013
This Saturday is scarf night at RFK as D.C. United hosts the New York Red Bulls. The first 7,500 lucky fans through the stadium gates will receive a DCU scarf courtesy of Volkswagen.
Stadium gates open at 6:00 p.m. ET on Saturday, with kickoff just an hour later at 7:00. See the full gameday timeline
Tickets are still available for Saturday's rivalry match, visit ticketmaster.com
D.C. United's Head Coach Ben Olsen has been a DC resident for over a decade now. Last fall, Olsen got involved in the politics of DC residency for the first time when he put his support behind the DC Vote initiative.
Tomorrow, Olsen will be in attendance at the DC Budget Freedom Happy Hour, hosted by DC Vote. The fundraiser details are below:
WHAT: $5 at the door gets you an extended Happy Hour with a DC Vote specialty cocktail, and enters you in a raffle to win D.C. United Tickets for their April 13th game vs. the New York Red Bulls and signed D.C. United fan gear. 100% of proceeds from purchases of Three Stars beers will go directly to DC Vote.
WHEN: Thursday, April 11 5:00PM - 8:00PM
WHERE: Cause 1926 9th Street NW, Washington, DC
Get behind D.C. United for Saturday's Atlantic Cup Match - tickets available online
Tonight, the University of Louisville will face the University of Michigan in the NCAA National Championship match in Atlanta Georgia. One member of the Black-and-Red will be watching closely, as the Cardinals seek national recognition.
United's Nick DeLeon graduated in 2011 from the Louisville, where he spent two seasons. Although he does not have any friends who currently play for the team, his loyalty still lies in Kentucky, and the midfielder plans to watch the game tonight at home.
DeLeon's message for his fellow Louisville students, "Good luck and represent."