Academy update - U-18

Dainkeh goes full 90 for U-18 U.S. Men's National Team

D.C. United’s U-18 Academy team built on their opening week victory with a decisive win over Virginia Rush this past weekend at Hampton Roads Soccer Complex in Virginia Beach, Va.

U-18 Recap:
D.C. United opened the scoring in just the fourth minute on their way to an eventual 5-1 win on Virginia Rush’s home turf in Virginia Beach, Va. Kennedy O’Shea (Fairfax, Va./Paul VI HS) helped his squad jump out to an early lead when he turned and finished a shot from the corner of the six-yard box after controlling a pass from teammate Patrick Foss (South Riding, Va.). O’Shea capitalized on a quick counter attack nearly twenty minutes later to tally his second goal of the match. Just seven minutes in the 30th minute, Rafael Fagundo (Herndon, Va./Paul VI HS) added United’s third goal by heading in a corner kick.

United came out in the second half looking to build on its 3-0 lead. After a great passing sequence, substitute James Moreno (Leesburg, Va.), son of 1st team legend Jaime Moreno, buried a volley into the net off of a cross from Jorge Calix (Ft. Washington, Md./St. Stephens Episcopal HS) to give United a 4-0 lead. United quickly matched a late goal scored by the Rush with a Calix goal in the 87th minute to cap off the 5-1 victory.

Both United Academy squads return to action at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Va. this Saturday afternoon when the 2-0 Pennsylvania Classics come to town for a battle of unbeatens.

In other Academy news, U-18 player Suliaman Dainkeh (Reston, Va./South Lakes HS), started and played 90 minutes in the U-18 Men’s National Team international friendlies against Borussia Dortmund in Dortmund, Germany and Club Brugge in Gilze, Netherlands during the team’s European Training Camp.

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