Academy Update: June 10, 2014
The D.C. United U-23, U-18, U-16 and U-14s were all in action this past weekend at several different venues. The U-18, U-16 and U-14s finished up the regular season, while the U-23s continue its summer season.
U-23s vs. Legacy 76: 1-0 win
Goals: Jannick Eckenrode (Cody Albrecht) 
Starting XI: Cody Albrecht (St. John’s), Suliaman Dainkeh (Maryland), Jimmy Doll (Duke), Jannick Eckenrode (George Mason), Lars Eckenrode (Michigan), Christopher Hegngi, Cody Niedermeier (Maryland), Dario Redondo (Radford), Nigel Robinson (Louisburg CC), Brad Vorv (Virginia Tec) and Edgar Zepeda (George Mason)
U-23s. vs. Virginia Beach FC: 0-0
Starting XI: Cody Albrecht (St. John’s), Suliaman Dainkeh (Maryland), Lars Eckenrode (Michigan), Nat Eggleston (Duke), Mikias Eticha (Maryland), Rafael Fagundo (Wake Forest), Ryan Harmouche (George Mason), Nick Jaffe (Chestnut Hill College), Cody Neidermeier (Maryland), Michael Sauers (Maryland) and Nigel Robinson (Louisburg CC)
“It was a good, hard, solid weekend for our group,” said D.C. United U-23 Head Coach Amos Magee. “We played two good opponents, and while we didn’t always play our best soccer, we were resilient and found ways to get two results.”
U-18s vs. NJSA: 2-0 win
Goals: Bashir Hooper (Owen Marshall  and Umarr Bangura (James Filerman) 
Man of the Match: Samuel “Sammy” Kahsai
Sammy was outstanding throughout the entire match - it was, without question, his strongest game of the year. He and Patrick Jean-Gilles were very active on the ball, and both of them did an excellent job closing down in midfield and dictating play throughout the match. They had a great partnership and were the driving force behind the team's success.
Starting XI: Rodrigo Hernandez (College Park, Md.; Team America), Bashir Hooper (Gainesville, Va.; McLean Youth Soccer Association), Brennan Ireland (Annapolis, Md.; Pittsburgh Riverhounds), Patrick Jean-Gilles (Lorton, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association), Samuel Kahsai (Capitol Community Soccer Club), Alexander Kao (Kara, Togo; Paris FC), Christian Kershaw (Severna Park, Md.; Baltimore Bays), Owen Marshall (Bethesda, Md.; DC Stoddert), Scott Rissler (York, Pa.) Christian Rodriguez (Alexandria, Va.; FC Groningen) and Gerson Umana (Lorton, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.)
U-16 vs. NJSA: 2-2 tie
Goals: Donovan Pines (Jose Carranza)  and Daniel Reeves (Lucas Mendes) 
Man of the Match: Antonio Bustamante
Antonio was asked to perform several different midfield roles, and in each, he was consistent in his defensive presence, creative in attack, and he helped the group keep quality possession. He was a valuable player, and deserves a lot of credit for his work.
Starting XI: Tyler Beaudoin (Montgomery Village, Md.; Bethesda-Olney), Jonathan Bell (Gaithersburg, Md.; Montgomery Soccer Club), Antonio Bustamante (Springfield, Va.; Mclean Youth Soccer Association), Jose Carranza (Mannasas, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club), Christophe Koffi (Potomac, Md.; Team America), Lucas Mendes (Arlington, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association), Donovan Pines (Clarksville, Md.; Soccer Association of Columbia), Daniel “DJ” Reeves (Ashton, Md.; Soccer Association of Columbia), Ibrahim Seye (Fairfax, Va.; Vienna Youth Soccer), Jonathan Sousa (Fredrick, Md.; Calverton) and Trey Vinson (Manassas, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club)
U-14 vs. Bethesda-Olney: 3-1 win
Goals: Alexis Cerritos (Luis Rodriguez-Luna) , Andrew Nicholas  and Connor Gill 
Man of the Match: Andrew Nicholas
Andrew had a very good performance, winning a lot of battles in the midfield and connecting with players going forward. He scored an outstanding goal and provided great leadership with his play.
Starting XI: Luke Campbell (Catlett, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.), Alexis Cerritos (Beltsville, Md.; Cerritos Academy), Chris Durkin (Glen Allen, Va.; Richmond Kickers), Kyle Frye (White Plains, Md.; Maryland United), Jason Goldstein (Bethesda, Md.; DC Stoddert), Derin Kokuuslu (Falls Church, Va.; Annandale Boys and Girls Club), Andrew Nicholas (Nokeville, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club), Luis Rodriguez-Luna (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.), SahrFelix Sandy (Woodbridge, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club), Jacob Velvel (Silver Spring, Md.; McLean Youth Soccer Association) and Andres Villanueva (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.)
The D.C. United U-14s will be traveling to Westfield, Ind., for the U.S. Soccer Development Academy Showcase event from June 12-16. The U-14s will play three games against other academy teams. Dates, times and opponents are listed below. The U-18s and U-16s do not play again until the USSDA playoffs June 22-27. Groups and opponents will be announced later this week.
6/13/14—D.C. United vs. BW Gottschee Academy at 10 a.m. on Field 12
6/14/14—D.C. United vs. Los Angeles Futbol Academy at 10 a.m. on Field 11
6/16/14—D.C. United vs. Colorado Rapids at 9 a.m. on Field 10