D.C. United’s U-18 Academy team looked to bounce back after a tie last weekend as they hosted the Richmond Kickers for a matchup at Prince George’s Community College on Saturday. The match was heavy on attacking from D.C. United in route to its 3-1 victory.
Just ten minutes into the match, Abdi Yusuf (Herndon, Va./Herndon HS) earned a penalty but he failed to convert. Just minutes later, Denis Najar (Alexandria, Va.), younger brother of First Team starter and academy product Andy Najar, earned a penalty and converted to make the score 1-0. D.C. United went up 2-0 when Cristhyan Najar (Alexandria, Va.) made a penetrating run from centerback and finished smoothly with a ball to the far post. Jorge Calix (Ft. Washington, Md./St. Stephens Episcopal HS) closed out the first half with United’s third and final goal of the game. There were numerous other chances and United could have scored more goals as Nigel Robinson (Woodbridge, Va./Forest Park HS) and Kainoa Bailey (The Learning Community International) were both very dangerous going forward.
“We had some strong moments and strong individual performances in the match and we were pleased to convert three goals in the first half,” said Nolan Sheldon, head coach of D.C. United’s U-18 Academy team. “However, we still believe this team is capable of a stronger performance and we will continue to work to improve this week in training.”
Both academy teams will be in action again this weekend when they host the Baltimore Bays at Prince George’s Community College.