D.C. United today announced that it will be holding tryouts for its newly formed U-12 Pre-Academy side, as well as its U-13 and U-15 Pre-Academy teams. The U-12 squad will serve as a feeder system for the U-14, U-16 and U-18 Academy teams and will ultimately carve a path for players to become part of D.C. United’s First Team. D.C. United’s Pre-Academy system aims to provide its members with intensive, more frequent training sessions (3-4 times per week) with an added competitive element, while offering the opportunity for young players to connect with D.C. United’s local professional team. The U-12s will compete in the Pre-Academy league, as well as local leagues, MLS events, elite tournaments and matches with affiliate clubs.
“While identifying players is a priority, it is only a small part of what we do,” said D.C. United’s Director of Youth Development Sonny Silooy. “The bigger part is to develop the identified talented players to reach the First Team. Our system has also proven that our Academy players will succeed in the next step of top-level colleges. Moving to the U-12 age group is the natural progression so that we can train and develop players for a longer period of time.”
Tryout sessions for the U-12s, as well as the U-13 and U-15 Pre-Academy teams, will be held on May 29 and May 31. Additional tryout dates will take place on June 7 and June 10, as needed.
Below is all the information needed to participate in the Pre-Academy tryouts:
U-12s: Players born on or after August 1, 2001
U-13s: Players born on or after January 1, 2000
U-15s: Players born on or after January 1, 1998
Time: 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
RFK Training Complex (Turf Field)
2400 East Capitol Street, SE
Washington, D.C. 20003
What to Bring:
A white t-shirt, black shorts and black socks, ID for check-in
Interested players should only register for ONE tryout date.
100 players per tryout – Once capacity is reached, registration will be closed.
Check-in will being 30 minutes prior to each session; please arrive early.
Players who arrive late will not be permitted to participate or receive a refund.
To Register: Each player must complete the form, waiver, and $25 registration fee to secure a spot (no exceptions).