About halfway through the 2012-13 NCAA season, the first year that MLS will graduate a class of homegrown players, several former members of D.C. United Academy teams are making significant contributions to their respective collegiate squads.
Uwem Etuk, a senior at West Virginia University, has tallied six assists this season, best (tied) among all players in the Mid-American Conference. Etuk’s Mountaineers currently sit in second place in their division, just behind No. 2 University of Akron.
D.C. United’s U-18 academy squad opened up the scoring early in a 3-0 defeat of the Baltimore Bays. The first goal came just 15 minutes into the contest after Abdi Yusuf made a strong individual effort that finished with a 20-yard blast to the far post. Yusuf again scored in the 59th minute to double the lead and Michael Seaton capped off the scoring in a dominant team performance that saw United best its local rivals 3-0 at Prince George’s Community College.
D.C. United’s U-16 academy matchup with the Baltimore Bays was a little bit tighter than the U-18’s, but the Black-and-Red came away with a 1-0 defeat. The lone goal of the match came in the first half when Chrisophe Koffi finished a rebound on Gerson Umana’s shot inside the 18-yard box.
D.C. United today announced that Sonny Silooy has been named Director of Youth Development. Silooy will be tasked with overseeing all D.C. United Academy initiatives, including youth teams and youth training opportunities, as well as ensuring players within the system reach their utmost potential. Under Silooy’s guidance, United’s Academy system now boasts eight competitive and training teams that serve top flight players from throughout the mid-Atlantic region.
A four goal performance from Chandler Hoffman fueled a 6-0 Union victory over D.C. United in a reserve league match Tuesday at PPL Park. The Union tallied their first in the 15th minute; after Hoffman took a ball played in by midfielder Roger Torres and slotted it past United goalkeeper Joe Willis.
“It felt good, it felt really good to get out there and get a chance to show the coaches what I can do,” said Hoffman. “Now, I am just hoping that it gets me to where I want to be [with the first team.]"
D.C. United’s U-16 Academy team looked to continue its hot streak against the Richmond Kickers and did just that with a 7-2 win on Saturday at Prince George’s Community College.The U-16’s are now 5-0 on the season with the win.
D.C. United’s U-18 Academy team looked to bounce back after a tie last weekend as they hosted the Richmond Kickers for a matchup at Prince George’s Community College on Saturday. The match was heavy on attacking from D.C. United in route to its 3-1 victory.
The U-18’s had a strong performance on Saturday as they hosted the McLean academy. The team dominated possession throughout the entire match, but went into the half with a score of 0-0. Just after the break, in the 62nd minute, McLean opened the scoring to take a 1-0 lead on the home side. The Black-and-Red academy squad continued to push and fight for an equalizer and the goal came in the 82nd minute when Mike Seaton (Capitol Heights, Maryland) headed in a cross from Chike Nwaezeapu (Washington D.C./Maret School).