Coming off a one-week layoff, D.C. United’s Youth Academy teams resumed their 2012 USSDA run this past weekend, with the U-16’s and U-18’s facing Mid-Atlantic Division rivals Potomac and Baltimore Bays Chelsea.
United’s U-18 squad kicked off the weekend with a resounding 4-0 victory over Potomac on Saturday, May 5. A brace by Marcus Salandy-Defour, a tally from Suliman Dainkeh and a penalty kick-goal from Collin Martin led the Black-and-Red to victory. Goalkeeper Allan Flott was also influential by providing security from the back as he recorded the shutout in goal.
With the school year racing to its close,
mailboxes across the Washington area are filling up with summer camp
brochures. Few programs offer the
chance to learn from professional athletes themselves, and fewer still provide
the opportunity to pick up tips from a legend in their respective sport.
Come early July, the Jaime Moreno Striker Camp
will do both.
D.C. United’s Academy has announced the U-14 and U-15 tryout dates for the 2012/2013 season. All tryouts will be held at the RFK Auxiliary Field and the full schedule is below. The D.C. United Academy is one of the leading youth development programs in the United States. Over the prior year, the club's Academy has garnered nine National Team call-ups, twelve MLS Reserve League call-ups, and secured 22 separate collegiate placements for its players.
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.