D.C. United’s Youth Academy kicked off the 2012 U.S. Soccer Development
Academy season with the U-18 and U-16 sides facing the New England Revolution
and FC Greater Boston this past weekend.
Virginia Rush rallied from an early deficit to pick up a 2-1 win over the Richmond Strikers at Striker Park Saturday in U.S. Soccer Development Academy Under-15/16 play on Saturday.
Gil Topaz tallied his third goal of the season in the 18th minute for Strikers, but Rush equalized nine minutes later on a goal from David Kotarides off a corner. It was Kotarides’ first goal of the season.
D.C. United’s U-18 and U-16 Academy teams participated
in the Development Academy Carolina Challenge Cup held in Charleston, South
Carolina this past weekend. The tournament ran in conjunction with the Carolina
Challenge Cup, which is currently taking place with United’s first team set to face
host Charleston Battery on Wednesday, February 29.
D.C. United’s U-18 and U-16 Academy teams are set to compete in the Development Academy Carolina Challenge Cup from February 24 – 27. The tournament will take place in Charleston, South Carolina in conjunction with the Carolina Challenge Cup, featuring youth teams from Columbus Crew, Indiana United Fire, Chicago Fire, New York Red Bulls and the South Carolina United Battery.
Last week, U.S. Soccer announced the Development Academy would be moving to a 10-month season starting with the 2012-13 season. D.C. United's U-16 and U-18 teams compete in U.S. Soccer's Development Academy and have since the program launched in 2007.
Further information can be found via the following links on ussoccer.com:
Freestate Soccer Alliance's U-14, U-15 and U-18 teams all posted wins against Richmond Strikers this weekend in Elite Clubs National League play.
Freestate's U-14s won 6-2, while its U-15s and U-18s each won 4-0 over the Strikers.
The Strikers' U-14 team rallied Sunday for a 2-0 win over Bethesda SC. That was Bethesda SC's only loss on the weekend, as its U-15s defeated the Strikers 3-0, the U-16s tied the Strikers 1-1 and the U-18s defeated the Strikers, 2-0.
AUTHOR'S NOTE: The Soccer Wire recently held wide-ranging conversations with several of the Elite Clubs National League's most prominent coaches and executives. This is the first installment in a three-part series profiling the ambitious league.
Formed just three years ago to give top girls’ club programs more high-level competition and quality versus quantity in games, the Elite Clubs National League is already, in some ways, “light years ahead” of where its organizers thought it would be when it started.
La Academia del D.C. United anunció hoy que un total de 10 jugadores del equipo Sub-18 jugarán en diferentes universidades del país durante la etapa del otoño del 2012. La lista incluye colegios con programas de fútbol universitario de élite como la Universiad de Wake Forest y la Universidad de Virginia, entre otras.
D.C. United Academy today announced that ten of its U-18 players have committed to play soccer at eight different universities for the 2012 fall season. The list includes commitments to perennial collegiate powerhouses Wake Forest University and the University of Virginia, among others.
D.C. United announced today that 17 Academy players have been called-in to participate in a U.S. Soccer Training Center program. 10 players from the team’s U-18 program (born in 1994 or 1995) were invited, while seven players from the U-16 team (born in 1996 or 1997) were also tabbed to participate.
‘94-‘95: Suli Dainkeh, Patrick Foss, Ian Harkes, Collin Martin, Dakotah Niedemeier, Jalen Robinson, Nigel Robinson, Marcus Salandy-Defour, Michael Sauers, Christian Kershaw