D.C. United will host its first outdoor training session Wednesday morning as part of 2012 preseason preparations. While Head Coach Ben Olsen will see many familiar faces, he’ll also be getting a look at trialists and draft picks who will be hoping to make an impression on the team’s the technical staff.
“All of our trialists are vying for the opportunity to join the team for the initial preseason leg in Florida,” said General Manager Dave Kasper. “This is the first stage in our screening process and we’ll see over the next couple of days who performs well and earns the right to continue on with the team.”
With the team set to depart for Florida on Monday, players will have just a few opportunities to make an impression and earn an invite. Below is a list of those players who will be hoping to extend their stay beyond this weekend.
Yoni Berhanu – F
Born in Washington, DC and raised in Potomac, MD, Berhanu attended George Washington University. The 21-year old was named the 2011 Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year after leading the conference with ten goals during his senior season.
Seth C’deBaca - M
A Georgetown University product, C’deBaca trained throughout much of 2011 with D.C. United’s first team and was also a member of the U-23 team overseen by Jaime Moreno.
Mike da Fonte – M
Most recently with Rio Ave of Portugal, the 21-year old da Fonte played collegiate soccer first at Bryant University and then Longwood University.
Andrew Dykstra – GK
Dykstra spent the 2011 season with the Charleston Battery (USL Pro). The 26-year old originally signed with the Chicago Fire in early 2009 and appeared in 17 matches over two seasons. The 6-foot, 4-inch netminder is originally from Woodbridge, VA and attended Virginia Commonwealth University.
Carl Goody – GK
Also listed at 6-4, Goody compiled 11 shutouts, a goals-against average of 0.79 and a record of 15-3-3 during his senior season at William Carey University (Mississippi). For his efforts, the Englishman was named a NSCAA NAIA 1st Team All American following his final collegiate season.
A native of the Ivory Coast, Houapeu was drafted by the Philadelphia Union 41st overall in the 2011 MLS SuperDraft. The 22-year old did not make a first team appearance, but saw time in three reserve matches. A product of the University of Maryland Baltimore County, the 23-year old played on D.C. United’s Super-20 team in 2009.
Matt Oduran – F
A former D.C. United Academy player, Oduran spent four seasons at the University of Maryland. The 21-year old made 63 appearances during his time in College Park.
Ryan Richter – M
The 22-year old Richter was drafted by the Union in the 2011 MLS Supplemental Draft (fifth overall), but did not see time in any first team matches. A product of La Salle University, he tallied 14 goals during his senior season in 2010 and was named the A-10 Offensive Player of the Year.
Will Swaim – GK
The University of Maryland’s first-choice goalkeeper in 2011, Swaim registered five shutouts, a goals-against average of 1.02 and a record of 12-3-2. The 23-year old is originally from Ellicott City, Maryland and stands at 6-2.
Sainey Touray – F
21-years old, Touray is a Gambian forward who most recently played with the Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Pro). The 6-foot 1-inch forward has also seen time with the New York Red Bulls, Carolina Railhawks and the U-17 and U-20 Gambia National Teams.
Jed Zayner – D
A familiar face, the 27-year old Zayner started four matches for D.C. United last season before being sidelined for the year after knee surgery. Over six seasons in MLS between the Columbus Crew and D.C., Zayner saw time in 49 matches (34 starts), collecting two assists.
SUPPLEMENTAL DRAFT PICKS
All three players selected in Tuesday's MLS Supplement Draft pick will be at Wednesday's training.
Lance Rozeboom - M
Rozeboom was a key member of the University of New Mexico’s undefeated 2011 season. The 6-foot 1-inch midfielder started each of the team’s 22 games and collected three goals and two assists as the team finished 18-0-4.
Charles Rodriguez - D
Rodriguez was a defensive stalwart for the Charlotte 49ers, starting all but one of 83 games during a four-year career. As a senior, Rodriguez served as the team’s captain and was named a 1st Team NSCAA All-American after helping his team to the National Championship game for the first time in school history.
Matthew Kuhn - M/F
Kuhn started each of the 20 matches he played for Drake University during the 2011 season, leading the team with 11 goals, registering four assists, and earning All-Missouri Valley Conference first team honors.