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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
D.C. United’s Academy will kickoff the 2012 Generation adidas Cup in Seattle this Friday, August 3. The Black-and-Red will compete in Group B against FC Dallas (Friday, August 3), LA Galaxy (Saturday, August 4), and Toronto FC (Monday, August 6).
Braddock Road Youth Club’s 95 Elite girls squad had already enjoyed a stellar season before heading to South Carolina for the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championships, having won the Virginia State Cup and the Region I title. And given the bearish schedule they drew for the national finals at Manchester Meadow in Rock Hill, S.C., the Springfield, Va.-based team had reason to moderate their expectations and celebrate what they’d achieved to that point.
D.C. United’s U-16 team wrapped up a successful 2011-2012 USSDA season last weekend in the National Championship held in Houston, Texas. The U-16’s finished the tournament with a 1-2-1 record, scoring five goals and allowing four, as well as securing the seventh place in the nation’s Academy ranking.