Washington, D.C. (August 16, 2010) − D.C. United announced today the club has signed Academy defensive midfielder Conor Shanosky. The 18-year-old standout becomes the third player to make the jump from United’s Academy to the senior squad, following midfielder Andy Najar and goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Shanosky will train with United’s first team, however, he will not be eligible for selection until the 2011 season. Shanosky and members of United’s technical staff will be available for comment following tomorrow’s training session. Training will take place on the RFK Auxiliary Field beginning at 9:00 a.m. ET.
“We are pleased to have signed Conor as our third homegrown Academy player. Conor has made tremendous strides in the past year both with D.C. United, and with his recent play with the U.S. U-20 National Team,” said United General Manager Dave Kasper. “He is tactically a very astute player, is excellent technically, and he is extremely committed and dedicated to becoming a successful professional. We look forward to his long-term future with our club.”
A native of Sterling, Virginia, Shanosky played for Potomac Falls High School while rising quickly through United’s Academy ranks since joining the club in early 2009. During his noteworthy high school career with Potomac Falls, Shanosky acquired numerous accolades including 2009 All-State, All-Region, and All-District honors. The athletic player has featured as a defensive midfielder and central defender for the Black-and-Red. He has been training with United’s first team for the last two months, bolstering the club’s roster in practice scenarios.
Shanosky captained United’s U-18 side in 2010 and, for his efforts, was called into Thomas Rongen’s United States Under-20 side for the Milk Cup in Northern Ireland. The United States defeated the host nation in this prestigious competition, with Shanosky starting the first two matches of the tournament against China and Norway. In the Milk Cup final, Shanosky came on as a substitute and made his impact felt in the United States’ triumph.
Name: Conor Shanosky
Jersey number: 17
Weight: 185 pounds
Place of birth: Pittsburgh, PA
Acquired: Signed on August 16, 2010