D.C. United is paving the way for Homegrown products in Major League Soccer.
This year, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid had a breakout season, setting career highs in shutouts, saves and wins. The Annendale, Va., native did more than set personal records, though; he created two new benchmarks for Homegrown goalkeepers in MLS.
You’re wrapping up a nearly two-year French Football Federation (FFF) coaching course. Can you explain what was included in the curriculum?
On Saturday, Nov. 1, D.C. United Academy’s U12 team played against FCV Ashburn Legends while the U13s played Cedar Stars Academy. The U14s, U16s and U18s game against the Philadelphia Union were canceled this past Sunday due to inclement weather.
This Friday, Nov. 7, the U14s will be traveling to compete in the U14 Regional Showcase. They will head to BB&T Soccer Park in North Carolina, to take on Weston FC, FC Bolts Celtic and Orlando City S.C. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the U12s will be at the Maryland Soccerplex to host TEYSA Europa Everton at 4:00 pm.
D.C. United Academy teams continued their season this past weekend as the U12s faced Ukrainian Nationals Zoria Black, the U14s faced PA Classics and both the U16s and U18s faced BSC CT Academy on Saturday and Oakwood SC on Sunday.
Lucas Mendes, Eryk Williamson and Daniel “DJ” Reeves have been called in to the U.S. Under-18 National Team training camp by U-18 Head Coach Javier Perez. The camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Oct. 23-31. This is the first U.S. Youth National Team selection for each player.
The D.C. United Academy went 3-2-0 last weekend in their games against Continental FC Delco and Soccer Association of Columbia. While the U13s, U15s, U16s and U18s hosted Continental FC Delco at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., on Sunday, the U14s traveled and played Soccer Association of Columbia at Covenant Park in Columbia, Md., on Saturday.
D.C. United’s Academy was on the road this past weekend in Pennsylvania as the U13 and U15 teams participated in the Northeast Pre-Academy League Showcase. Both sides played a total of three matches which all counted towards their overall standings.
The U16s played in the East Regional Generation adidas Cup. This was their first regional qualifying event, and the second, and final regional event, will take place over 2015 Presidents Day weekend in Orlando, Fla.
D.C. United’s Youth Development is at the forefront of youth soccer development in the region. Since the Academy’s inception in 2007, United has signed seven Homegrown players to its First Team roster and successfully built a foundation of youth development through its Training Program. D.C. United’s Training Program provides training built on the Academy’s methodology and player development curriculum through various dynamic sessions involving both offensive and defensive topics.