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D.C. United announces 2013-14 Academy Teams

The Black-and-Red releases rosters for U-18, U-16 and U-14 squads

D.C. United today announced its rosters for the 2013-2014 Academy teams. Seventy-two players from the greater Washington, D.C. region were selected for the Black-and-Red’s Academy squads: 25 on the U-14 team, 23 on the U-16 side and 24 on the U-18 team roster.

Following a 2012-13 campaign that saw all three teams make post-season appearances, this year’s squads will have 45 familiar faces that played with the Black-and-Red last year. Leading the way are the U18 team with 18 players who have played at the Academy level for United, followed by U16 which returns 14 players and U14 which will return 13.

Now in its second season, the U-14 team, considered Pre-Academy in 2012-13, will join the newly launched U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) U-14 division starting this fall.

Of the 25 players who will take part in the first U-14 season under the USSDA, three of them came from Black-and-Red youth club affiliates: North Virginia Soccer Club (NVSC), Annandale Boys and Girls Club (ABGC), Beach FC, Arlington Soccer Association, Stafford Soccer and Freestate Soccer Alliance. Arlington Soccer Association leads all youth affiliates with four players (all on U-16s), followed by NVSC with three players (two U-14s and one U-16) and Annandale Boys and Girls Club with one player (U-14).

“We are very pleased with the continued growth and expansion of our Academy,” said D.C. United Director of Youth Development, Sonny Silooy. “The D.C. metropolitan area has always been a hotbed of talent, and this year was no exception with the pool of selected players. We are excited about the Academy teams we have constructed for the upcoming season, and look forward to building off the programs’ success in sending players to top-rated colleges and United’s First Team.”

Since the Academy’s inception in 2007, United has signed six Homegrown players to its First Team roster:
Bill Hamid, Collin Martin, Andy Najar, Michael Seaton, Conor Shanosky and Ethan White. Seaton, signed Jan. 14, is the first player born after the League’s inception to ink a deal with an MLS team. Currently, the Black-and-Red has five Homegrown players on its roster who have all seen playing time during the 2013 season. On Aug.10, Hamid, Martin, Shanosky and White started against the Philadelphia Union as Seaton came on as a substitute.

About D.C. United Academy

D.C. United's Academy teams and training programs are designed to find and develop the top players in the Washington region. The club’s coaches and staff emphasize playing attractive, possession-oriented soccer. The ultimate goal is to prepare players for the club's First Team or the nation's top university teams. Since the Academy’s inaugural season in2007 it has seen nine players called up to their respective National Teams (U14-U18), 20 players called up to play in MLS Reserve League matches for United and in 2012, 10 players announced their intention to attend eight NCAA Division-I programs to play college soccer.

Below is the complete list of D.C. United Academy Rosters:

U-14 Academy

Name Class D.O.B. Previous Club
Rudy Acree 2018 11/18/99 DC Stoddert
Aaron Broner 2017 4/6/99 Baltimore Bays
Luke Campbell 2017 5/10/99 PWSI
Alexis Cerritos 2018 10/2/00 Cerritos Academy
Gio Diaz 2018 11/8/99 Cerritos Academy
Chris Durkin 2018 2/8/00 Richmond Kickers
John Eberle 2018 9/1/99 PWSI
Zvi Ferrari 2018 10/2/99 Cerritos Academy
Conor Gill 2017 5/15/99 Reston SA
Jason Goldstein 2017 1/27/99 DC Stoddert
Derin Kokuuslu 2017 1/4/99 ABGC
Julius Lansiquot 2016 11/6/99 Fewster FC
Kidus Lemma 2017 1/17/99 McLean
Suraphael Mbonisi 2016 8/10/99 Baltimore Bays
Nabil Milani 2017 5/20/99 Bethesda
Andrew Nicholas 2017 1/4/99 NVSC
Luis Rodriguez Luna 2017 2/26/99 PWSI
Jordan Saint-Louis 2017 10/18/99 Potomac SA
SahrFelix Sandy 2017 7/27/99 NVSC
El Mohamed Sherif 2016 4/4/99 Arundel SA
Chandler Vaughn 2018 2/25/00 PWSI
Jacob Velvel 2017 5/14/99 McLean
Andres Villanueva 2017 3/1/99 PWSI
Jacob Williams 2018 11/8/99 Baltimore Bays
Spencer Wright 2017 2/6/99 Freestate

U-14 Coaching Staff:
Jonathan Frias – Head Coach
Steve Olivarez – Assistant Coach
Tom Torres – Assistant Coach
Nolan Sheldon – Assistant Coach
Ronald Cerritos – Trainer
Roger Wimmer – Goalkeeper Coach
Brian Gerlach – Athletic Trainer & Strength and Conditioning
Zack Delgado – Athletic Trainer & Strength and Conditioning

U-16 Academy

Name Class D.O.B. Previous Club
Tyler Beaudoin 2015 1/19/97 Bethesda
Jonathan Bell 2015/16 8/26/97 MSC
Antonio Bustamante 2015 6/20/97 McLean
Hristo Bustamante 2015 2/13/97 BRYC
Jose Carranza 2017 1/18/99 NVSC
Jairo Funez 2016 3/1/98 Team America
Christopher Gerlach 2016 3/7/98 Arlington
Liam Hoen-Beck 2015 3/4/97 Vienna
Brennan Ireland 2015 4/11/97 Pittsburgh Riverhounds
Patrick Jean-Gilles 2015 9/28/97 Arlington
Carson Jeffris 2016 8/27/98 BRYC
Milton Juarez 2016 6/24/98 PWSI
Hamza Monawer 2016 1/19/98 Arlington
Owen Marshall 2015 5/13/97 DC Stoddert
Brandon Orozco 2015 8/11/97 Herndon Youth Soccer
Donovan Pines 2016 3/7/98 SAC
Daniel Reeves 2015 10/14/97 SAC
Miles Robinson 2016 6/30/98 PWSI
Ibrahim Seye 2015 5/31/97 Vienna
Jonathan Sousa 2015 9/30/97 Calverton
Alla Tesfu 2015 4/13/97 MSC
Cheick Traore 2016 8/23/98 Team America
Trey Vinson 2016 3/2/98 PWSI

U-16 Coaching Staff:
Tom Torres – Head Coach
Nolan Sheldon – Assistant Coach
Steve Olivarez – Assistant Coach
Jonathan Frias – Assistant Coach
Roger Wimmer – Goalkeeper Coach
Brian Gerlach – Athletic Trainer & Strength and Conditioning
Zack Delgado – Athletic Trainer & Strength and Conditioning

U-18 Academy

Name Class D.O.B. Previous Club
Adam Burnaby-Atkins 2014 1/16/96 Potomac
Jorge Calix 2015 2/6/96 Team America
Julian Cummings 2014 7/27/96 McLean
Jimmy Filerman 2015 11/11/96 Vienna
Steven Gandy 2014 1/11/96 PWSI
Josh Golob 2014 9/18/95 Potomac
David Hay 2014 3/21/96 Potomac
Rodrigo Hernandez 2014 6/8/96 Team America
Graydon Hester 2014 7/26/96 Lee Mt Vernon
Bashir Hooper 2014 12/2/95 McLean
Samuel Kahsai 2013 3/5/95 Capital Community SC
Christian Kershaw 2013 1/22/95 Baltimore Bays
James Knoebel 2015 9/5/96 McLean
Jean-Christophe Koffi 2015 1/5/98 Team America
Michael Monahan 2015 3/16/96 McLean
Hiram Munoz Cantu 2013 5/26/95 none
Cristhyan Najar 2014 8/8/95 none
Timothy Oberg 2015 12/6/96 MSC
Austin Pelto 2015 9/5/96 Vienna
Noah Pilato 2014 6/25/96 Chantilly
Justin Roberts 2014 2/10/96 Bethesda
Gerson Umana 2017 12/28/97 PWSI
Ronald Ventura 2014 4/11/96 Potomac
Bradley Warenicz 2013 7/31/95 Baltimore Bays

U-18 Coaching Staff:
Nolan Sheldon – Head Coach
Tom Torres – Assistant Coach
Steve Olivarez – Assistant Coach
Jonathan Frias – Assistant Coach
Roger Wimmer – Goalkeeper Coach
Brian Gerlach – Athletic Trainer & Strength and Conditioning
Zack Delgado – Athletic Trainer & Strength and Conditioning