It was supposed to be warmer in Texas, they said…
The D.C. United Academy has added Luciano Emilio Soccer Academy (LESA) FC as the seventh Official Academy Affiliate Club Member. LESA FC was founded and is run by former D.C. United player Luciano Emilio. Under the Affiliation agreement, LESA will serve as a source for D.C. United in identifying and developing top youth talent in the region. United will share its coaching resources and will work with the Club to develop players.
Arlington Soccer Association
Arlington Soccer Association has four travel teams ranked nationally in the top 10. According to the most recent rankings published by GotSoccer, the U-17 Boys Strikers Red is ranked 4th, the U-16 Boys Impact Red is ranked 4th, the U-15 Boys Attack Red is ranked 6th and the U-14 Boys Eagles Red is ranked first nationally. There is no other club in the country that has more teams ranked in the top ten.
As we look ahead to Chicago, Preston Burpo helps us take a look at three things that are top of mind this week for D.C. United.
First: We need to score goals.
The coaching staff and players have been working hard the past few weeks to rectify the offensive woes. The Black-and-Red has made progress from week one to week three.
This week, in D.C. United news, Academy products Jose Carranza and Chandler Vaughn were both called into their respective U.S. Youth National Teams.
The D.C. United U-18s and U-16s played at home against Match Fit Academy FC this past weekend. Both teams were able to keep clean sheets in their wins against the New Jersey club on Sunday, March 16.
It’s not too soon to start thinking about spring break plans. There may still be snow on the ground, but you can go ahead and start daydreaming of warm spring break plans with D.C. United. The month of April has several opportunities for players to begin training and playing soccer outside again. D.C. United Spring Training Programs begin on April 6th, and the Spring Break Camp runs April 14th-18th.
All three D.C. United Academy teams won their season openers against the Richmond Strikers this past weekend. The D.C. United U-18 and U-16s begin the second half of the season with (7-3-4) records, while the U-14s continue have tallied a (9-2-1) record.
The D.C. United Academy has several affiliate clubs that actively help identify, develop and monitor players in the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. area. These affiliate clubs assist D.C. United in developing high quality players that are ready to perform at premier college programs and potentially play for D.C. United’s first team. Six clubs are affiliate members with the D.C. United Academy including, Annandale Boys and Girls Soccer Club, Arlington Soccer Association, Beach FC, Maryland United, Northern Virginia Soccer Club and Stafford Soccer.
D.C. United Academy players Jose Carranza (Manassas, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club) and Chandler Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) have both been called in to U.S. Soccer National Team camps. Carranza has been invited to the U-15 Boys National Team Camp to be held Jan. 31-Feb. 9 in Dubai, United Arab Emirate. Vaughn has been invited to the U-14 Boys National Team training camp Feb. 1-9 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.