One of the most accomplished players in Major League Soccer history has turned his attention to helping area youth soccer players develop. Jaime Moreno – who scored the second-most goals in MLS history – now serves in the D.C. United Academy and will host two ‘Jaime Moreno Striker Camps’ this summer, accompanying a full slate of 17 D.C. United summer camps.
D.C. United’s Academy teams compiled a perfect record this past weekend, as the U-18’s and U-16’s defeated FC Westchester and Albertson SC in USSDA matches.
United’s U-18 team kicked off the weekend with a 2-1 victory over FC Westchester on Saturday, April 21. Patrick Foss was United’s most influential player, converting two penalty kicks to help the Black-and-Red recover from a 0-1 deficit.
D.C. United’s Academy compiled a perfect record last weekend, as the U-18’s and U-16’s earned back-to-back wins in USSDA matches.
On Saturday, April 14, United’s U-18 side defeated South Central Premier by 2-0. D.C. United took the lead early into the first half, opening the score with a goal from Jannick Eckenrode in the 13th minute, assisted by Jalen Robinson. Six minutes later, OJ Porteria tallied the winning goal from an assist by Marcus Salandy-Defour, securing the shutout victory.
Despite its location deep within the ground level of RFK
Stadium, the atmosphere is unusually bright inside D.C. United’s Academy
offices. The change of seasons
brings with it the promise of a new batch of players, a group that will author
the next chapter in the history of Major League Soccer’s most successful youth development system.
Name: Collin Martin
Position: Central Midfield
High School: Bethesda – Chevy Chase
Former Club: Olney Rangers
What they’re saying:
"He can change a game at any moment. He’s a very good passer of the ball, he’s good on the dribble and he scores goals. He’s pretty dynamic in that sense."
— Nolan Sheldon, D.C. United U-18 coach
D.C. United’s U-18 and U-16 teams continued USSDA play last weekend, facing Mid-Atlantic Division rivals Baltimore Bays Chelsea.
United’s U-16’s kept a clean sheet on Saturday, March 31, earning a scoreless draw against Baltimore Bays. In an evenly contested match, defender Steven Gandy and goalkeeper Carlos Canas delivered solid performances to keep the shutout.
Los equipos Sub-18 y Sub-16 de la Academia de D.C. United continuaron
con la Liga de Academia de U.S. Soccer el pasado fin de semana, enfrentándose
al NY Cosmos y Met Oval.
D.C. United’s U-18 and U-16 Academy teams resumed USSDA League action this past weekend, traveling north to face the New York Cosmos on Saturday and Met Oval on Sunday.
D.C. United announced today that three of its U-18 players have committed to play soccer at three different NCAA Division I universities.
“We are excited for each of these individuals and are proud of the success they have had, both on the field and in the classroom,” said D.C. United U-18 Head Coach Nolan Sheldon. “This achievement is a culmination of many years of hard work and dedication, and we are confident that each one of them will have terrific collegiate careers.”
A quick glance at D.C. United's first team
roster offers sufficient proof of what the club's academy has accomplished in
its brief existence. Regular
starters Bill Hamid and Andy Najar worked their way through the junior ranks
before inking professional contracts, as did reserves Ethan White and Conor