Washington, D.C. (October 17, 2013) – This past weekend, a group of U-16 D.C. United Academy players traveled to Montreal to participate in the second leg of the eastern regional event for the Generation adidas Cup. United finished with a 2-1 record after playing against three other MLS U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) clubs.
The first match of the event resulted in a 3-1 loss to the New York Red Bulls. Brandon Orozco (Bristow, Va.; Herndon Youth Soccer) opened the scoring in the first half with an assist from Patrick Jean-Gilles (Lorton, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association). The Red Bulls tied the game at 1-1 and were able to score a second goal in the dying minutes of the first half to secure a 2-1 lead going into halftime. While looking for the equalizer, United committed numbers forward and pushed the tempo, but conceded a third goal to the Red Bulls to eventually lose 3-1.
In the second game of the weekend, the Black-and-Red scored three goals in a convincing and fast-paced 3-1 victory over the Montreal Impact. Milton Juarez (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) slotted in a diving header off of a Gerson Umana (Lorton, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) cross to end the first half with United leading Montreal 1-0. Umana opened up the second half by scoring his first goal of the game off of a through pass from Juarez. Umana then completed the brace from an Orozco pass to secure the 3-1 victory for the Black-and-Red.
The final game of the Generation adidas event pitted the Black-and-Red against the Columbus Crew, with D.C. coming out on top by a 4-2 scoreline. United was awarded an early penalty kick after Juarez was brought down in the box. Jean-Gilles converted the kick and put United up 1-0. Minutes later, after a strong individual effort from Miles Robinson (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.), Orozco powered home the second goal of the match off of a deflection. The third goal of the game came from Christophe Koffi (Potomac, Md.; Team America) off of a Jon Bell (Gaithersburg, Md.; MSC) cross, and the final strike came from a Carson Jeffris (Fairfax, Va.; Braddock Road Youth Club) tap-in.
After the loss in the first match, the Black-and-Red defense shined, only conceding three goals in the final two games. The back line of Jonathan Sousa (Frederick, Md.; Calverton Soccer Club), Ibrahim Seye (Fairfax, Va.; Vienna Youth Soccer), Trey Vinson (Manassas, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) and Brennan Ireland (Pittsburgh, Pa.; Pittsburgh Riverhounds) played every minute of all three matches. United also provided a steady attacking effort that resulted in eight goals over the event.
“We were pleased with the group's mentality on and off the field,” said D.C. United U-16 Head Coach Tom Torres. “These types of experiences are exactly why players get involved with MLS academies – to test themselves against the other MLS clubs as often as possible and in meaningful competition. We asked a lot of the players and challenged them several times. Overall, we were happy that they answered the challenges with quality play and commitment.”
All D.C. United Academy teams (U-14, U-16, U-18) will continue their USSDA seasons on Sunday, Oct. 20 against the Players Development Academy at Spingarn High School in Washington, D.C. The U-18s kick off at 12 p.m. while the U-16s and U-14s are slated to play at 2:30 p.m. and 5 p.m., respectively.