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05 February 1:52 pm

Seven D.C. United Academy players are going to play collegiate soccer in fall 2014. All seven have deep roots in the D.C. United Academy system and have been with the club for multiple years. Julian Cummings, Steven Gandy, Josh Golob, Bashir Hooper, Christian Kershaw, Michael Monahan, and Noah Pilato all started in the DCU Pre-Academy and moved up together through the system to eventually play on the U-18 US Developmental Academy team.

“It’s going to be a little bit more technical and even more physical. It’s going to help me improve as an overall player,” said Kershaw a midfielder bound for Marshall University.

With family in mind, future Nittany Lion Pilato added, “I’m excited to continue my family’s legacy at Penn State and play for a great soccer program.”

“I’m most excited about playing soccer for my school and being able to start my first year of college.” Monahan explained of his future at the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

“I’m really excited that I get to play with Jules for another four years. It’ll be great to have a familiar face in a competitive environment,” said Gandy, a future Cavalier who is heading to Charlottesville with DCU teammate Julian Cummings.

Cummings added, “Having Gandy there with me will be a lot of fun. UVA has a lot of great players and I know we’ll do well there.”

The D.C. United Academy aims to develop players from a young age and is very active in helping players through the college recruitment process. We asked the players how DCU helped them mature as players and gave them opportunities to be seen and recruited by colleges, and this is what they had to say:

Golob: “They have made me a lot better player both technically and mentally. D.C. United Academy is one of the top MLS academies in the country, and that draws a lot of college scouts out to games. My academy coaches also talked with Lafayette for hours about me and really supported me in my college soccer goals. They didn’t just coach me, they made sure that my goals were achieved.”

Hooper: “D.C. United has given me a winning mentality. I have had to play on behalf of the club and live up to the high standards set by previous players. That mentality is something I plan to take with me to George Mason.”

Kershaw: “D.C. United is a diverse organization. We have players from all kinds of backgrounds and that has really given me new insight about different playing styles. That diversity will help me adapt more quickly to my new teammates at Marshall.”

Julian Cummings—University of Virginia
DOB: 7-27-96
Hometown: Fredericksburg, Va.
Position: Forward
Tenure at D.C. United: 4 years

Steven Gandy—University of Virginia
DOB: 11-11-96
Hometown: Gainesville, Va.
Position: Defender
Tenure at D.C. United: 3 years
Previous Club: Prince William Soccer Inc.

Josh Golob—Lafayette College
DOB: 9-18-95
Hometown: Potomac, Md.
Position: Defender
Tenure at D.C. United: 4 years
Previous Club: Bethesda Soccer Club

Bashir Hooper—George Mason University
DOB: 12-2-95
Hometown: Gainesville, Va.
Position: Forward
Tenure at D.C. United: 5 years
Previous Club: McLean Youth Soccer Association

Christian Kershaw—Marshall University
DOB: 1-22-95
Hometown: Severna Park, Md.
Position: Midfielder/Defender
Tenure at D.C. United: 4 years
Previous Club: Baltimore Bays

Michael Monahan—New Jersey Institute of Technology
DOB: 3-16-96
Hometown: Falls Church, Va.
Position: Midfield/Forward
Tenure at D.C. United: 4 years
Previous Club: McLean Youth Soccer Association

Noah Pilato—Penn State University
DOB: 6-25-96
Hometown: Herndon, Va.
Position: Midfielder
Tenure at D.C. United: 4 years
Previous Club: Chantilly Soccer Club

31 January 12:04 pm

This morning, D.C. United and US Men's National Team striker Eddie Johnson joined Extra Time Radio. Listen to his first-hand accounts from the USMNT's tour of Brazil, and his thoughts on his potential role at the World Cup in June.

When asked about the trade to D.C. United, Johnson expressed, "I'm excited to be playing for coach Ben Olsen, a guy who is a winner at the end of the day."

Listen to the full podcast now!

30 January 5:51 pm

As the sun sets in Bradenton, D.C. United wraps up the first full day of training in Florida. The team put in a full day, with a session in the morning and one later in the afternoon.

“Day one of training was great," Homegrown newcomer Jalen Robinson said, "I’m just excited to be here and get after it and get to know my new teammates better. I don’t know many people except for the academy guys, so getting to know everyone and build that team chemistry is important to me.”

Mealtime at the hotel

Recognize anybody?

What's preseason without a bit of conditioning?

23 January 5:39 pm

Because baby Lily is awesome, and because we're excited for March 8, we had to share this. Earlier today, @whiteknuckled Tweeted the most amazing video at @mollybruh and @chrispontius13.

Have a look, and let us know what you think. Lily just may be one of the coolest DCU fans out there!

16 January 2:24 pm
14 January 11:30 am

Santa Claus may be long gone, but it doesn't mean the gift-giving season is over -- at least not for the hundred or so children that attended Monday's Three Kings Day gift giving celebration in Adams Morgan.

Upon arriving to the plaza, located in front of the MPD-Latino Liaison Unit, D.C. United staff and I were welcomed by rhythmic music provided by El Zol. A line of children and their families wrapped around the block, patiently waiting to receive their toys. While they waited, Three Kings on horseback came to Adams Morgan to surprise the families!

After the kids grabbed their toys, they went to take photos with the Kings and their horses. It was a great evening to celebrate Three Kings Day with the families, MPD-Latino Unit, and our D.C. United staff. I cannot wait to attend the event again next year!

Spanish-language Translation:

Papá Noel hace mucho que se fue, pero eso no quiere decir que la época de repartir regalos haya terminado - al menos no para los más o menos cien niños que asistieron a la repartición de regalos con ocasión del Día de Reyes el lunes pasado en Adams Morgan.

Al llegar a la plaza, localizada en frente de la Unidad de Enlace Latino de la Policía Metropolitana, se nos dio la bienvenida al personal de D.C. United y a mi persona por El Zol. Una fila de niños y sus familias que iba alrededor de la cuadra esperaban pacientemente recibir sus regalos. Mientras esperaban, los Tres Reyes vinieron en caballo a Adams Morgan para sorprender a las familias!

Una vez que los niños recogieron sus regalos, fueron a tomarse fotos con los Reyes Magos y sus caballos. Fue una gran noche para celebrar el Día de Reyes con sus familias, la Unidad de Enlace Latino de la Policía Metropolitana, y nuestro personal de D.C. United. No veo la hora de asistir a este evento una vez más el próximo año.

14 January 12:06 am

D.C. United Homegrown forward Michael Seaton is currently training with Inter Milan's Primavera, Inter's oldest Academy team comprised of players ages 17-20. Seaton, who was on loan with the Richmond Kickers for most of his first MLS season, looks forward to every opportunity to improve and develop.

Seaton, whose first touch for the First Team resulted in an assist in an international friendly vs. Chivas de Guadalajara, continues to impress and grow in front of his home crowd and hometown. Getting a chance to train with Inter's Academy is another chance for the 17-year-old to hone his skill at a high level.

Check back to dcunited.com soon for a Q&A with Seaton. 

13 January 3:27 pm

Calling all D.C. United fans! Make sure you purchase and/or renew your 2014 Season Tickets by this Friday,  January 17 in order to receive the exclusive “collector's edition” tickets. Each ticket will feature an iconic player from D.C. United's storied history, starting in 1996 (right) bringing us through 2013.

Aside from the amazing artwork and history on the "collector's edition" tickets, here are a few other reasons you should purchase or renew your 2014 Season Tickets before Friday:

  • 2014 Season Ticket Holder Benefits such as:

    • Interest-free payment plan option (up to 12 months)
    • Access to the exclusive A Day to Unite celebration in February when you’ll have the chance to meet the first team
  • Season tickets are for sale after Friday, but will not be printed on the collector's edition stock

To order season tickets, you can call 202-587-5000 or request more information here.

10 January 1:16 pm

Jason and Simon predict and analyze which player we will choose with the first pick in the SuperDraft ahead of the MLS Combine. What do you think? Do you agree or disagree with their assessment? Let us know in the comments below or Tweet your thoughts @dcunited using #DCU to join the conversation.