Academy

Academy update - U-16

D.C. United's U-16 Development Academy team began their fall 2012 campaign last weekend
U-16 Update - 9/14

This past Saturday, D.C. United’s U-16 Academy team opened their United States Soccer Development Academy (USSDA) season with a win over New Jersey Soccer Academy 04 at Long Bridge Park in Arlington, Virginia.

U-16 Recap:

D.C. youth development system takes big steps to start year six

Academy adds Under-13 team as coaches look to produce more first-team talent
Year six for DC Academy
DC Academy: year six

U-16 Academy warm ups - 2012

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dcunited.com

With a pair of resounding wins against New Jersey Soccer Academy – a program run by U.S. soccer legend Tab Ramos  - D.C. United’s youth academy began its sixth year of USSDA play this past weekend.  The positive results were hopefully a harbinger of things to come, and also an early sign of progress towards one of the academy’s primary goals for 2012-2013.
 

Academy update

Weekend matches offer preparation for the Academy season
Academy update

In its final preparations for the upcoming United States Soccer Development Academy season, D.C. United’s academy squads hosted three Majoy League Soccer academy teams for friendlies at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia over Labor Day weekend.

Pre-academy update

Teams wrap up Labor Day Weekend friendlies
Pre-academy update

In its final preparations for the upcoming United States Soccer Development Academy season, D.C. United’s academy squads hosted three Majoy League Soccer academy teams for friendlies at Morven Park in Leesburg, Virginia over Labor Day weekend.

Suliaman Dainkeh called into U-18 US Men’s National Team Camp

Dainkeh will join the camp in Mill, Netherlands this week
Dainkeh called-up

D.C. United announced today that Academy product Suliaman Dainkeh has been called into the U-18 U.S. Men’s National Team camp in Mill, Netherlands. The camp will run from September 6th - 17th, with a match against the Netherlands on September 11th in Groesbeek, Netherlands and friendlies against U-18 club teams representing Feyenoord Rotterdam, Borussia Dortmund and Club Brugge.

Shanosky excelling in loan stint with Ft. Lauderdale

United academy product making most of minutes earned in NASL
Shanosky shines in Florida

Shanosky with Ft Lauderdale

Photo Credit: 
Josue Rivera-Rios

Sent on loan to the NASL’s Ft. Lauderdale Strikers at the
beginning of the season, Conor Shanosky was entering a pivotal moment in his
career.  For the first time since
turning professional in 2010, the Sterling, Virginia native would be relied
upon for first team minutes. 

Those minutes, however, were not guaranteed.

Academy update

2012 Generation adidas Cup concluded, friendly matches scheduled for Labor Day Weekend
Academy update

Washington, D.C. (August 14, 2012) – D.C. United’s Academy has begun its preparation for the upcoming USSDA season. Last week, a team made up of U-16 and U-18 players participated in the 2012 Generation adidas Cup in Seattle. Already back in Washington, the Black-and-Red will resume training this week as they look ahead to several friendly matches scheduled for Labor Day Weekend. The friendlies will take place at Morven Park in Leesburg, Va. and will include matchups against the Chicago Fire, Columbus Crew, Philadelphia Union, and New York Red Bulls.

Academy players shine in reserve league triumph

United's youth system on display in 3-1 win over Red Bull reserves
5 academy players called-up

Late summer reserve league matches can often be the brutal
definition of mundane. Sandwiched between make-or-break league affairs, reserve
contests lack the intensity of their weekend counterparts. 

But for five members of D.C. United’s Academy, Monday’s match
against New York was a rare opportunity to test themselves against
professionals – and potentially take another step in impressing club
management.

United Drives to collect school supplies during August

Donations collected will benefit six public elementary schools
Donate school supplies

Throughout the 2012 Major League Soccer season, D.C. United collects items at select home games to benefit pre-determined non-profit organizations within the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area. During the month of August, United for D.C. – D.C. United’s charitable arm – will collect new school supplies to benefit its six adopted D.C. public elementary schools: Harriet Tubman Elementary School, Payne Elementary School, Savoy Elementary School, Ketcham Elementary School, Simon Elementary School, and Bruce Monroe Elementary School.

VSA Heat Blue complete epic year with all-conquering run to U-17 girls national title

VSA Heat Blue run to title

It could be described as utter domination. 

Northern Virginia Under-17 girls powerhouse VSA Heat Blue proved that they were the top squad in the Northeast United States at the U.S. Youth Soccer Region I Championships in early July, racing to the title with an undefeated record. 

With a spot at nationals assured, coach Steve Smith’s ladies hoped to build on that performance. They did that and more. 

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