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
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.
On Friday night the Georgetown Men's Soccer Team made school history when they qualified for the NCAA National Championship match for the first time. The Hoyas battled neighbor school, the University of Maryland to a 4-4 draw in regular-time.
How long did you and Mikias [Eticha] play together?
He came in going into my U-18 season, so we had basically one full year together at D.C. United, including Reserve Team call-ups, U-23 summer league this past year. So, the season was a long one – obviously, it’s all year round – but we got to know each other really well.
You and Tyler [Rudy] played in Reserve games together while at the D.C. United Academy. How do those games compare to the style of play in college?
First of all, it’s different – the way of playing in Reserve Games and college. If I didn’t play in those Reserve games, it would have been harder getting used to playing in college. There are bigger guys than us, so the Reserve games prepared us for a bigger challenge.
Almost exactly a year and a half ago – June 7, 2011 – sophomores Mikias Eticha (University of Maryland; Falls Church, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association) and Tyler Rudy (Georgetown University; Olney, Md.; Olney Boys and Girls Club) impressed as Academy players in a D.C. United Reserve match, a 2-2 draw against the New England Revolution. Tomorrow (Friday, December 7; 5:00 p.m. ET), they are set to square off on opposite sides of the pitch, Eticha with the storied Terrapins program and Rudy with an emerging Hoyas side.
Congratulations to the D.C. United U-16 Development Academy who will go into their winter break as the number one team in the nation. The Academy is the only division leader who boasts an undefeated record over the first 13 matches. With a 2.69 points per game average, they also lead their age-group in goals. 15 year old Gerson Umana, sits atop the individual standings with 11 goals on the season.
D.C. United’s U-18 and U-16 squads returned home from Bradenton, Fla., after strong Development Academy Winter Showcase performances from an extended weekend trip, going 2-1-0 and 2-0-1, respectively.
Two former D.C. United Academy players, sophomore Mikias Eticha (University of Maryland; Falls Church, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association) and sophomore Tyler Rudy (Georgetown University; Olney, Md.; Olney Boys and Girls Club), and their respective universities moved past the quarterfinals of the College Cup this past Saturday. Both colleges will take each other on in the semifinals on Friday, December 7 at 5:00 p.m. ET in Hoover, Ala., and one will emerge to meet either No. 12 Creighton (17-3-3) or No. 16 Indiana (14-5-3) in the final on Sunday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. ET.
This weekend, the D.C. United U-18’s and U-16’s travel south to Bradenton, Fla., to participate in the annual Development Academy Winter Showcase. With most coaches from top colleges and universities in attendance, United’s Academy players will have another opportunity to gain additional national exposure. Both squads will match up against the North Carolina Fusion, FC Dallas and Chivas USA in their respective age divisions.