Academy

2013 D.C. United Training Program open for registration

Elite training sessions provide the opportunity to earn a spot on the new U14 Academy team
2013 D.C. United Training Program open for registration

Academy U14 and U15s in Disney

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With the new year just underway, the 2013 D.C. United Training Program – led by Pre-Academy and Academy coaching staff – is open for registration and the winter session is just around the corner, starting on Sunday, February 3. The Training Program, which is available to the U9-U11 and U12-U13 age groups, presents a key opportunity for participants to be identified and scouted for United’s Pre-Academy squads and the recently introduced U-14 Academy Team.

16-year-old Homegrown forward Michael Seaton signs with D.C. United

Capitol Heights, Md. striker becomes fifth Homegrown player to join the Black-and-Red
16-year-old Homegrown forward Michael Seaton signs

Michael Seaton

Combine underway, SuperDraft around the corner

Team personnel, 54 hopefuls meet in Florida
Combine underway, SuperDraft around the corner

SuperDraft floor 2012

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The first round of games for the 2013 MLS Combine kicked off today at Central Broward Regional Park in Lauderhill, Florida. 54 bright, young stars will take the field in hopes of impressing coaches and technical staff from around the league. MLSsoccer.com will have complete coverage from Ft. Lauderdale. After the combine it is on to the SuperDraft, this year being held in Indianapolis, Indiana.

D.C. United has just one pick this year, the 17th in the first round. Live coverage from the 2013 MLS SuperDraft will be available on dcunited.com next week.

D.C. United, Annandale Boys & Girls Club and adidas reach affiliate agreement

Affiliate agreement first of its kind in the State of Virginia
D.C. United, Annandale Boys & Girls Club reach affiliate agreement

D.C. United and the Annandale Boys & Girls Club (ABGC) – in conjunction with adidas – today announced an affiliate agreement, the first of its kind between D.C. United and a club in the State of Virginia. Under the agreement, ABGC will be one of D.C. United’s primary sources in identifying and developing the top youth talent in Virginia. United will share its coaching resources and will work with ABGC to follow its training curriculum and system of play. Top players in the ABGC system, identified by both D.C. United and ABGC, will have the opportunity to join the D.C.

D.C. United, Freestate Soccer Alliance and adidas reach historic affiliate agreement

Clubs to share coaching resources, curriculum and system of play
D.C. United, Freestate Soccer Alliance and adidas reach historic affiliate agreement

D.C. United and Freestate Soccer Alliance – in conjunction with adidas – today announced a historic affiliate agreement, the first of its kind for both clubs. Under the agreement, Freestate will be one of D.C. United’s primary sources in identifying and developing the top youth talent in Maryland. United will share its coaching resources and will work with Freestate to follow its training curriculum and system of play. Top players in the Freestate system, identified by both D.C.

Academy Update

Three U-18 players selected as NSCAA All-Americans; Collin Martin training with US U-20's
Academy Update

Suliaman Dainkeh

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Three U-18 D.C. United Academy players – Suliaman Dainkeh (Reston, Va.; Reston Soccer), Ian Harkes (Fairfax, Va.; Herndon Youth Soccer) and Michael Sauers (Glen Arm, Md.; Baltimore Bays Chelsea) – were selected to 2012 NSCAA All-America Teams, with Harkes and Sauers named to the High School Boys Team and Dainkeh named to the Youth Boys Team. Additionally, former Academy player Collin Martin is in Sunrise, Fla., through Dec. 22 for a U-20 U.S. Men’s National Team training camp.

17 December 1:24 pm

As part of a recent gotsoccer.com contest, Academy brothers Mike and Jack Daunt submitted videos of their tennis ball juggling skills. The brothers have been selected as finalists, and you can vote for them online.

Mike Daunt is part of the D.C. United Academy U-13 squad, while older brother Jack plays for the U-15s. The Academy is on a winter break and will return to action in January. Read all Academy and youth news.

11 December 5:53 pm

MLS announced the 2013 MLS Combine Invite list today. The initial list is comprised of 54 of the top NCAA Division I players from the past season.

Former D.C. United Academy midfielder Uwem Etuk was selected to the list, after a successful collegiate career with West Virginia. Etuk saw time in 75 matches for the Mountaineers, notching eight goals and 18 assists.

Homegrown talent

D.C. United’s Homegrown Players the biggest first-team contributors in MLS
Homegrown talent

With the recent news that the D.C. United U-16's are No. 1 in the nation among teams in its age division, we’ve got Academy on the brain. So, we thought it would be fun to look at Homegrown Player contributions to first teams around the League and see how United stacks up against other clubs (Hint: We’re tops).

WHAT WE EXAMINED

Recap: College Cup

Georgetown falls to Indiana 1-0 in Championship match
Recap: College Cup

Tyler Rudy Georgetown - 2012

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Georgetown University

Former D.C. United Academy player Tyler Rudy and the Georgetown University men’s soccer team ended a historic run with a 1-0 loss to Indiana in the NCAA National Championship game.

Rudy – who was in the starting XI – had the first golden opportunity of the game in the 17th minute when he sent in a laser toward goal, but Hoosier goalkeeper Luis Soffner made the save. Indiana would find the game-winner in the 63rd minute off of a rebound.

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