Four D.C. United Academy teams opened up their spring season this past weekend logging a 2-1-1 record. The U15s, U16s and U18s faced New Jersey club PDA (Players Development Academy) and the U12s battled Bethesda SC Blue.
This weekend the U16s and U18s will travel to Everton FC Westchester in Purchase, N.Y., as the U12s and U15s have the weekend off.
U12s: 2-1 loss against Bethesda Blue
Goal: Juston Rainey [53’]
D.C. United has announced that the club has formed a partnership with Evergreen FC for the D.C. United U-23 team that will compete in the Premier Development League in 2015.
"We are pleased to have our U-23 team competing in the PDL during the summer of 2015,” said D.C. United General Manager Dave Kasper. “This will provide a meaningful competition to enhance the summer experience for both our returning college academy players and for talented college players from across the country.”
D.C. United and The Calverton School will begin a landmark partnership this Fall that elevates the standard of player development, a residential program that will combine the D.C. United Academy’s elite soccer training with top-notch academics at The Calverton School, a leading college preparatory school in Huntingtown, Md.
It’s barely 10 miles between RFK Stadium and Ludwig Field in College Park, Md.
In recent years, it has felt like even less between D.C. United and the University of Maryland, two soccer programs whose ties have been strengthened again this winter.
D.C. United Academy player Eryk Williamson (Alexandria, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association) has been named to the U.S. Under-18 Men’s National Team. Head Coach Javier Perez’s 20-player roster for the 2015 Copa Chivas Tournament in Guadalajara, Mexico. Williamson will join with the U.S. team after participating as a guest player in D.C. United’s preseason camp in Bradenton, Fla.
Midfielder Eryk Williamson and defender Chandler Vaughn have been called in to their respective National Team’s training camps. Williamson will join the Under-18 Men's National Team in Marbella, Spain, from Dec. 11-20, when it plays two friendly matches against the U-18 German National Team. Vaughn will join the U-15 Boy’s National Team in Bradenton, Fla., from Dec 13-20. This is the second U.S. Youth National Team selection for both players with the specified age groups.
D.C. United is paving the way for Homegrown products in Major League Soccer.
This year, D.C. United goalkeeper Bill Hamid had a breakout season, setting career highs in shutouts, saves and wins. The Annendale, Va., native did more than set personal records, though; he created two new benchmarks for Homegrown goalkeepers in MLS.