D.C. United’s youth academy has made great strides since its founding in 2005, producing a long list of NCAA Division I talent and graduating several players on to the senior team. Even as the rest of Major League Soccer adopts similar programs, the club has kept ahead of the curve and positioned itself as a leading destination for the Washington, D.C. region’s most promising prospects.
Dozens of local teams traveled north to Albany, N.Y. to compete for the 2011 U.S Youth Soccer Region 1 President's Cup crown over the weekend. After the dust settled, one local squad came away with a title and the opportunity to play in the national finals in July.
Los equipos juveniles de D.C. United se enfrentaron
a Potomac y Baltimore Bays Chelsea de la división de U.S. Soccer Academy. El
combinado Sub-16 aportó dos victorias para la Academia del United, que terminó
con un récord de 3-1-2 en el fin de semana.
Academy teams faced Potomac and Baltimore Bays Chelsea over the past weekend in
U.S. Soccer Development Academy play. The Under-16 squad led the way, securing
two victories as the Academy finished 3-1-2 overall.
Home-grown player signings and bigger, better youth academy programs have become regular news items around Major League Soccer. Most, if not all, of the league’s clubs are increasingly eager to find talent in their own backyards, for reasons of competition as well as community relations, and the trend is growing steadily – so much so that it’s easy to forget that youth development initiatives were a rarity just a few years ago.
With goals from Conor Doyle, Josh Gatt and Luis Gil, the U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team drew France 3-3 in an international friendly on Tuesday. The U.S. took the lead twice during the game, but France was able to find the equalizer each time.
The team includes Sterling, Va. native and D.C. United midfielder Conor Shanosky, who did not appear in the starting XI.
Conor Doyle got the U.S. on the board in just the eighth minute. Gatt sent in a cross from the left side that was headed off the cross bar by Terrence Boyd, but Doyle was there for the rebound.
La Academia Juvenil de D.C. United enfrentó a dos oponentes el pasado fin de semana, registrando un récord de 2-5-1 contra FC Delco y PA Classics. Los equipos Sub-14 y Sub-15 jugaron en casa, mientras que el Sub-16 y el Sub-18 viajaron a Pennsylvania para sus enfrentamientos.
D.C. United’s Youth Academy faced two opponents over the past weekend, compiling a 2-5-1 overall record against FC Delco and PA Classics. The U-14 and U-15 clubs played at home, while United’s U-16 and U-18 sides travelled to Pennsylvania for their matches.
Last week, Dumfries, Va. native and Prince William Soccer product Ali Krieger was named to the U.S. Women’s National Team roster for the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany this summer. It’s her first World Cup opportunity and Krieger, who spent four years playing club soccer in Germany with FFC Frankfurt, is not only a squad member but a leading contender for a starting role at right back. On Monday Potomac Soccer Wire caught up with Ali to chat about her latest achievement and the unconventional road she took to reach it.
The championship matches are set for the 2011 edition of the Maryland State Cup. All the final matches will take place at the Maryland SoccerPlex on May 21, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
In the Under-18 division, the Bethesda Internationals bested SAC Premier 2-1, and the MD Rush Nike beat Baltimore Bays Blues 2-0.
Final: Bethesda Internationals vs. MD Rush Nike, 12:00 p.m., SoccerPlex Stadium