D.C. United announced today that three of the club’s Academy players have earned U.S. Soccer Development Academy End of Year Awards. U-18 midfielder Collin Martin (Chevy Chase, Md.), defender Patrick Foss (South Ridign, Va.), and U-16 defender Suliaman Dainkeh (Reston, Va.) were named to the East Conference Starting XI in their respective age groups.
Below are the USSDA U-18 and U-16 East Conference Starting XI lineups.
East Conference U-18 Starting XI
With a long flight to Houston looming and late morning temperatures creeping towards the 90's, D.C. United's players headed straight for the locker room after a brief practice session this past Saturday. While his players turned their attention towards the Dynamo, Head Coach Ben Olsen momentarily focused on the club's future.
D.C. United’s U-16 Academy Team has advanced to the 2012 USSDA National Championship in Houston, Texas after finishing undefeated in their playoff run in Dallas, Texas. The team finished in first place in Group 6, with victories against Concorde Fire and Colorado Rush, and a draw with the LA Galaxy. The team currently has an overall record of 17-7-6 (6-2-4 divisional record) and is led in scoring by Michael Seaton with 14 goals (Capitol Heights, Md.) and Nigel Robinson with 13 (Woodbridge, VA).
El equipo Sub-16 de la Academia de D.C. United
comienza arrancará su actuación en el Campeonato Nacional de Academia de U.S.
Soccer el martes 17 de julio a las 9 p.m., Hora del Este, contra Crew Soccer
Academy Wolves en Houston, Texas.
El equipo Sub-16 de D.C. United avanzó al Campeonato Nacional de USSDA
2012, luego de terminar la fase de grupos invicto. El campeonato se llevará a
cabo en el estadio BBVA Compass de Houston a partir del 16 de julio.
El Sub-16 se aseguró un lugar en el Campeonato Nacional al terminar en
primer lugar del Grupo 6, con victorias ante Concorde Fire y Colorado Rush, y
un empate con el LA Galaxy.
17-year-old impressed D.C.'s first-teamers during recent training stint
Colin Martin playing with D.C. United Reserves
Equal parts excited and anxious, Collin Martin sat alone at a corner locker in D.C. United’s busy dressing room last week. For the first few days, the latest academy product to be called up to first team training kept to himself - until the Black-and-Red’s captain broke the ice.
D.C. United’s U-16 team advanced to the 2012 USSDA National Championship after finishing their playoff run undefeated. The USSDA National Championship will take place at Houston’s BBVA Compass Stadium, beginning on July 16.
United’s U-16’s earned a spot in the National Championship by finishing in first place on Group 6, with victories against Concorde Fire and Colorado Rush, and a draw with the LA Galaxy.
D.C. United’s U-16 and U-18 teams wrapped up USSDA regular season play this past weekend, with the U-16’s winning the Eastern Conference Mid-Atlantic Division title and securing a spot in the playoffs, while the U-18’s finished their season in fourth place.
D.C. United’s U-18 and U-16 Academy teams traveled to Pennsylvania this past weekend to take on FC Delco and PA Classics, respectively. Both teams will compete in final Development Academy regular season matches this weekend, with hopes of making the playoffs.
D.C. United announced today plans for the club’s Academy tryouts. Players in the U-17/18 and U-15/16 age groups can sign up online and receive e-mail notifications with further instructions on registration, as well as dates and times for the upcoming tryouts. To sign up, please go to dcunited.com/academy and select a team.