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.
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On Saturday, Nov. 1, D.C. United Academy’s U12 team played against FCV Ashburn Legends while the U13s played Cedar Stars Academy. The U14s, U16s and U18s game against the Philadelphia Union were canceled this past Sunday due to inclement weather.
This Friday, Nov. 7, the U14s will be traveling to compete in the U14 Regional Showcase. They will head to BB&T Soccer Park in North Carolina, to take on Weston FC, FC Bolts Celtic and Orlando City S.C. On Saturday, Nov. 8, the U12s will be at the Maryland Soccerplex to host TEYSA Europa Everton at 4:00 pm.
D.C. United Academy teams continued their season this past weekend as the U12s faced Ukrainian Nationals Zoria Black, the U14s faced PA Classics and both the U16s and U18s faced BSC CT Academy on Saturday and Oakwood SC on Sunday.
Lucas Mendes, Eryk Williamson and Daniel “DJ” Reeves have been called in to the U.S. Under-18 National Team training camp by U-18 Head Coach Javier Perez. The camp will take place at the U.S. Soccer National Training Center in Carson, Calif., from Oct. 23-31. This is the first U.S. Youth National Team selection for each player.