Youth Soccer

Nolan Sheldon named D.C. United Academy Director

Current U-18 Head Coach to assume oversight of all Academy initiatives
Nolan Sheldon named Academy Director

D.C. United has announced that Nolan Sheldon has been named D.C. United Academy Director. Sheldon, who currently serves as Director of D.C. United camps and Head Coach of the D.C. United Academy Under-18 team, will assume oversight of all D.C. United Academy initiatives, youth teams and training opportunities. D.C. United continues to have one of the most successful academy programs in the country, with seven players that have graduated from the youth ranks to professional Major League Soccer contracts.

Q&A with D.C. United Academy Director Nolan Sheldon chats with Sheldon on his visions and goals for DCU Youth Development
Q&A with Nolan Sheldon

Nolan Sheldon - headshot

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What are you goals for the D.C. United Academy?

DMV Roundup: June 3, 2014

Kickers, Spirit win away, DCU U-23s tie
DMV Roundup

While D.C. United was hard at work at RFK, the Richmond Kickers, Washington Spirit and D.C. United U-23s were busy giving the DMV an undefeated record on the weekend.

D.C. United U-14 Tryout Registration Now Open

DCU U-14 Tryouts

D.C. United has announced tryout dates for its U-14 Development Academy teams. With one of the most successful academies in the country, the D.C. United Academy is the only link to the professional ranks of Major League Soccer in the Washington, D.C. region.

Academy Update: May 28, 2014

D.C. United U-23 side wins in first home game of the NPSL season
D.C. United Academy Update

The D.C. United U-23, U-18 and U-16 Academy and Pre-Academy teams were all in action this past weekend.

The D.C. United U-23 team beat Chesterfield United FC 1-0 in its first home game of the NPSL season. The lone goal came off a spectacular bicycle kick from Ryan Harmouche in the 41st minute.

D.C. United Youth Development unveils new Training Program gear

The D.C. United Academy is sponsored by adidas
DCU Youth gear

With training programs fast approaching, D.C. United would like to unveil the new gear for all training program participants! D.C. United U-14 Academy players Chris Durkin and Gio Diaz were the first to try on the new line of D.C. United training gear, which is the same professional gear that the D.C. United first team players wear during training.

REGISTER: Training Programs

D.C. United Homegrown forward Michael Seaton called up to Jamaica Men’s National Team

18-year-old striker named to squad for four friendlies, including three in Europe
Seaton called up to Reggae Boyz

D.C. United has announced that Homegrown forward Michael Seaton has been selected to the Jamaica Men’s National Team roster for four upcoming friendly matches. The Jamaicans will face Serbia at Red Bull Arena on May 26 before heading across the Atlantic Ocean for three games: versus Switzerland in Lucerne on May 30, Egypt in London on June 4, and France in Lille on June 8.

Academy Affiliate Update: May 2014

News from D.C. United Academy Affiliate Clubs
Affiliate Update

Annandale Boy and Girls Club

Annandale United FC ’99 Girls won the Virginia State Cup for the U-14 age division! Tryout dates for Annandale teams are now going on. For interested players, please click here.

Arlington Soccer Association

Kwame Darko's "Bet They See Me Now (USA Soccer Mix)"

What do you think of the local hip-hop artist's latest?
Bet They See Me Now (USA Soccer Mix)

A Chevy Chase native, Kwame Darko played for the University of Maryland Men's Soccer Team from 2005-08, after redshirting his freshman year. Now, Darko is an up-and-coming hip-hop artist. He remixed his latest song "Bet They See Me Now" into a USA Soccer Mix. Darko's lyrics focus on MLS, battling for 90 minutes and hustling for the MLS Cup. 

What do you think?

Academy Update: May 13, 2014

Recaps, Chandler Vaughn called in to BNT and U.S. Soccer Training Center Invitees
Academy Update

All three D.C. United Academy teams were in action this past weekend. The U-18s and U-16s traveled to New Jersey to play Players Development Academy, while the U-14s stayed closer to home and played Soccer Association of Columbia.

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