Although the D.C. United Academy U-18 and U-16 teams had a bye this past week, the Black-and-Red’s youth development unit is keeping busy, with several items of note.
The D.C. United Academy U-18 and U-16 teams continued play in the 2013 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) season this weekend, as the sides took on the nearby Richmond Strikers.
Last Wednesday, the U-18 and U-16 D.C. United Academy teams underwent extensive eye evaluations, providing yet another example of the elite physical tests that United’s youth players receive.
After traveling to Clairefontaine, France for the first session of a 16-month course, held by the French Football Federation (FFF), U-18 Academy Head Coach Nolan Sheldon returned to the nation’s capital with some international perspective on youth development. Sheldon is among 19 MLS Academy representatives chosen to participate in the program, which will culminate with him earning the Elite Formation Coaching License (EFCL).
D.C. United today announced that registration for its Summer Camps is now open. The camps include the popular summer camp series at D.C. United's Training Complex at RFK, two Striker/Goalkeeper camps also at D.C. United's Training Complex and several week-long camps at satellite locations around the D.C. Metropolitan Area.
After the First Team claimed victory in its home opener, extending the club’s home-undefeated streak to 19 games, the D.C. United U-18 and U-16 Academy teams faced two tough Richmond Kickers academy opponents. Additionally, the U-13, U-14 and U-15 Pre-Academy squads participated in the Annandale Premier Cup this past weekend.
On the heels of D.C. United’s third youth soccer affiliate announcement, the Black-and-Red Academy has welcomed a member of its most recent regional partner, Beach FC, to practice with the U-18s during spring break. Peter Pearson, an ODP player while with the Virginia Beach, Va., club, has participated in all aspects of the Black-and-Red training regimen: time on the field, weights, conditioning, etc.
After announcing its third youth soccer affiliate, Beach FC, last week, D.C. United Academy’s U-18 and U-16 teams commenced the spring portions of their 2012-2013 USSDA seasons this weekend, while seven U-13 Pre-Academy players competed at the Philadelphia Invitational. Additionally, U-14 Pre-Academy member Jose Carranza (Manassas, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club) continued his trip in Spain with U.S. Cub Soccer’s 2013 id2 National Selection International Tour.
D.C. United and Beach FC – in conjunction with adidas – today announced a regional affiliate agreement, the third of its kind for D.C. United and a youth soccer club. Under the agreement, Beach FC will be one of D.C. United’s primary sources in identifying and developing the top youth talent. United will share its coaching resources and will work with Beach FC to follow its training curriculum and system of play. Top players in the Beach FC system, identified by both D.C. United and Beach FC, will have the opportunity to join the D.C.
With only one week remaining before the start of the spring portion of the 2012-13 U.S. Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) season, D.C. United’s Academy and Pre-Academy are keeping busy.