The Maryland SoccerPlex was the place to be Friday night as both ACC Semi-Final matches were hosted at the venue. Top-seed, Notre Dame squared off against the number ten seed Virginia, while fourth-ranked Maryland battled the Clemson Tigers. But the real story was the tale of two D.C. United Academy alumni, Marcus Salandy-Defour (UVA) and Michael Sauers (Maryland), who each notched their respective game-winners.
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D.C. United U-18 Head Coach and Director of Camps & Training Programs Nolan Sheldon answers some of the most commonly asked questions about D.C. United camps and training programs. Follow @DCUyouth on Twitter for updates and news about DCU camps, training programs and the academy.
Washington D.C. (Nov. 12, 2013)—The D.C. United Academy teams traveled to Manheim, Pa. to play the PA Classics this past weekend. The U-18s and U-16s came away with draws, while the U-14s continued their winning streak.
Winter is coming, but that doesn’t mean playing soccer has to stop. D.C. United offers winter camps and training programs for players interested in keeping their skills sharp. Winter camps start Dec. 7 and run thru March 7 at three different locations across Maryland and Virginia. Training programs are held at D.C. United’s Training Complex near RFK stadium from Feb 2 thru March 9. Participants are able to practice, train and play against other players from across the region.
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As an affiliate club, Arlington Soccer Association (ASA) is one of the primary soccer clubs D.C. United looks to for identifying and developing top youth talent in the region. Not only are ASA players scouted and brought in to play for D.C. United, but all levels of ASA teams benefit from the quality and consistency of the affiliate program. In this young relationship, D.C. United wants to share coaching and training resources with ASA that will improve players, coaches and teams.
This past weekend, the Black-and-Red played at fellow MLS Developmental Academy rival the Philadelphia Union. D.C. United went 1-1-1 over the weekend with the U-18s coming home with a tie, the U-16s with a loss and the U-14s with another convincing win. Games were played at YSC in Wayne, Pa.
Seven D.C. United Academy alums featured in the Maryland v. Wake Forest matchup on Saturday, Oct. 19 in College Park, Md. This Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) rivalry has always been a heated battle in which everyone is familiar with one another. For seven of those players, it’s not just familiarity, but a brotherhood. Four DCU alums, Mikias Eticha, Suli Dainkeh, Cody Niedermeier and Michale Sauers play for Maryland and three, Rafael Fagundo, Ian Harkes and Jalen Robinson play for Wake Forest.