United Academy ramps up scouting efforts

D.C.'s scouts have been identifying players ahead of the the next academy season
Scouting the next generation

D.C. United Pre-Academy vs New York Red Bulls Pre-Academy

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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. 

Academy Spotlight: Collin Martin

United's Academy star has trained with Manchester United and Hoffenheim
Spotlight: Collin Martin

Colin Martin

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Ben Keller /
Colin Martin playing for D.C. United reserves

Name: Collin Martin
Age: 17
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

Academy Update

U-16’s keep a clean sheet, Collin Martin called-up to U.S. U-20 camp
Academy Update

Collin Martin vs NE Reserves - 2011 reserves

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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.

Noticias de la Academia de D.C. United

Combinados Sub-18 y Sub-16 se enfrentaron a la Academia de NY Cosmos
Noticias de la Academia 29/3

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. 

Academy Update

U-18’s and U-16’s faced the New York Cosmos in USSDA play
Academy Update

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.

Academy announces university commitments

U.S. U-20 Men’s National Team midfielder Collin Martin to join Wake Forest University
Academy univ. commitments

Collin Martin vs NE Reserves - 2011 reserves

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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.”

United's academy takes next step

Players like Bill Hamid are a testament to the work being done in D.C.'s youth system
Academy keeps growing
U-18's Head Coach Nolan Sheldon (center, standing) and United Assistant Coach Sonny Silooy (left)

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

Noticias de la Academia de D.C. United

Equipos Sub-18 y Sub-16 jugaron la tercera y cuarta fecha de la liga de Academia
Noticias de la Academia

Los equipos Sub-18 y Sub-16 de D.C. United viajaron a New Jersey el
pasado fin de semana para medirse ante PDA y NYRB. 

El Sub-18 comenzó el fin de semana con un empate 2-2 ante Players
Development Academy el sábado 17 de marzo. Ahmed Ismail anotó el primer gol del
United con un cabezazo en el minuto seis, mientras que Damitola Adetola anotó
el segundo tanto en el minuto 57 con una asistencia de Collin Martin. A pesar
del empate, el Sub-18 del United desplegó una actuación sólida y pudo dominar
la mayor parte del encuentro. 

D.C. United Academy Update

U-18’s and U-16’s continued USSDA league play over the weekend
D.C. United Academy Update

D.C. United’s U-18 and U-16
traveled to New N.J. this past weekend to face PDA and NYRB in USSDA league

The U-18’s began the weekend
with a 2-2 draw against the Players Development Academy on Saturday, March 17. Ahmed
Ismail earned United’s first goal with an early header, while Damitola Adetola
buried the second goal in the 57th minute with an assist by Collin
Martin. Despite the draw, United’s U-18 side displayed a solid performance and
was able to dominate play throughout the match.      

Noticias de la Academia de D.C. United

Los equipos Sub-18 y Sub-16 pusieron en marcha la temporada 2012
Noticias de la Academia 12/3

La Academia Juvenil de D.C. United puso en marcha la temporada 2012 de
Academia U.S. Soccer, con los combinados Sub-18 y Sub-16 enfrentando a New
England Revolution y FC Greater Boston el pasado fin de semana. 

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