D.C. United Academy Update: May 5, 2009

Weekend Results: It was another busy two-day stretch for the D.C. United Academy over the weekend, as the U16s and U18s took on the PA Classics on Saturday, May 2 and FC Delco on Sunday. Saturday’s results were positive, with two wins against PA Classics but Sunday was a change of fortune as the U16s tied and the U18s came up short against FC Delco.

“We are very happy with the progress our players are making,” said John Maessner, United’s Director of Youth Development. “Both teams created lots of very good chances and played attractive, attacking soccer.”

On Saturday, both teams won their respective games against PA Classics by a 1-0 scoreline. The lone goal for the U16s came from a Myles McGinley penalty kick, while the U18s scored on a free kick by Paul Torres.

The results weren’t as kind on Sunday, as the U16s got off to a flying start, only to concede two late goals to settle for the draw. Yaw Amankwa drew a penalty in the 27th minute and finished it himself to open the scoring, while McGinley scored his second goal in two days to extend the lead against PA Classics. On Sunday, the U18s managed a lone goal through Eliseo Fraga in a 2-1 defeat against FC Delco.

Summer Camps: The D.C. United Academy is offering a 12-camp schedule in different locations in Maryland, Virginia and Washington D.C. throughout the 2009 summer. A variety of training opportunities will be available, with each tailored to provide a fun and rewarding experience, while also encouraging players to develop their full potential. Along with that, there will be an Elite Residential Soccer Camp that will take place at the Catholic University of America from July 30 - August 2. For full details including camp schedule, please visit www.dcunited.com/academy .

U16 and U18 Academy Tryouts: In an effort to identify the best youth players in the Washington D.C. area, the D.C. United Academy will be holding tryouts for the U16 and U18 Academy teams in June. Tryout dates are scheduled for June 8, 12, 15, and 19, with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks, and the sessions will be held at RFK Stadium’s Auxiliary Turf Field. Further details are available at www.dcunited.com/academy .

U15 and U20 Academy Tryouts: The D.C. United Academy will also be holding tryouts for the U15 Academy Training Program and the Super-20 Academy Team. Tryouts will be held on May 11 and 18 at the RFK Stadium Auxiliary Turf Field for both groups. Further details are available at www.dcunited.com/academy .

National Team: U-16 player Kennedy O’Shea has been recognized for his outstanding play with a call-up to the U.S. U-14 National Team camp that is scheduled to take place from May 2-9 at the Home Depot Center in Carson, Calif.

“Kennedy has been training very well and has made the A team”, Maessner said. “He started in the 3-0 win over Arsenal on Monday night and played until the last 15 minutes or so. The coaches were very pleased with his performance and said he did a great job.”

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