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.
So here it is, right on time, the rundown from the Beautiful Dish staffers on Share our Strength's Taste of the Nation event from April 8. Apologies to our growing legion of readers (and Professor Robbie Russell) for the delay, but I will happily use the two-year old daughter, pregnant wife plus being injured card in my defense (editors note – I like the nickname Professor Robbie Russell).
Onto the evening...
I've been really excited for Taste of the Nation ever since Professor Russell mentioned it. Some of the best chefs and restaurants in the city combining to support a cause that's very close to my heart = a win-win for me. The Professor was a late scratch due to an illness of unappetizing details that have no place on a food blog. So the Beautiful Dish was ably represented by myself and James Riley at the National Building Museum.
Before I get to the food and drink, I will say that I couldn't, in good conscience, criticize any chef or restaurant donating his or her time for a good cause, so the point of this entry will be to give you a feel for the event as well as some of the food and drinks that really stood out.
Not knowing what to expect, I was admittedly overwhelmed heading inside the museum. There was a line wrapping around the block that we avoided thanks to our VIP tickets. I had no idea there would be so many restaurants and bars represented, a testament to the chefs here in D.C. The whole atrium (what a beautiful space) was full of restaurants serving samples at stalls. If there was logic behind the layout it was lost on me, I got lost, surrounded by every type of food and cuisine you could imagine: Italian, Indian, Japanese, Belgian, French, Mexican (in big numbers), Greek, barbecue, seafood, comfort food, all intertwined with cupcakes, gelato, cookies, with some cocktail and wine bars thrown in to top it off.
I arrived hungry, which was great in the sense that I easily ate three times what the normal attendee would, but maybe at the expense of serving the purposes of this blog somewhat. (Note to self: avoid preoccupation with rushing to taste everything at the expense of taking pictures and remembering details.) If this event is any indication of food trends in the city, which I think a safe assumption given who was involved, braised anything, soups, and burgers are so hot right now.
On that note, will the cupcake bubble ever burst?
It was great to see a few favorites of my new city represented: Founding Farmers, Hank's, Dolcezza Gelato (go for the Salted Caramel) to name a few, and a few others that are worth mentioning.
Belga Cafe, which I went to last weekend, had the best stall/stand, a faux food truck and served up some sort of braised beef with a waffle, not a combo I'd ever experienced, waffles have always been breakfast food for me, but it worked.
I loved Rappahannock Oyster company, just fresh oysters served simply with the usual fixings.
I appreciated the quail egg that topped each mini burger at the BGR stand.
Best drink goes to Matt Ficke of the Columbia Room, who crafted up an amazing cocktail unlike anything I've ever tasted with Green Hat distilled gin.
All in all, it was a great night, a great opportunity for me to get a taste of the city, all in the name of a good cause.
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