D.C. United’s Academy teams kickoff the U.S. Soccer Development Academy season
this weekend with both the U-18 and U-16 teams in action. On Saturday, November
19, both sides are set to play against Seacoast United. On Sunday, November 20,
the Black-and-Red take on Empire United. All four matches will take place at
Prince George’s Community College in Largo, Md.
We complete this week’s youth coverage with a look at three more D.C. United Academy products that have been making an impact on the college game.
With so much suffering and sorrow plaguing the world today, it often seems obvious that single individuals can only have a token effect in improving the lives of faraway strangers.
But anyone tempted to underestimate the power of one should witness the astonishing results achieved by Spotsylvania, Va. teenager Sean McManus when he decided to collect soccer equipment for needy youth in Rwanda and Nicaragua for his Eagle Scout project.
Following-up on Part I of our Academy scouting report, we continue with United Academy graduates who are not competing in the NCAA Division I College Cup, but are very much on the club’s radar as potential Homegrown prospects.
Days away from the start of the 2011-2012 U.S. Soccer Development Academy season, we turn our attention to D.C. United’s strong tradition of player development. In the past two years, United’s Academy has produced several first team contributors, including 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar, U.S. National Team back-up goalkeeper Bill Hamid, recent U.S. U-23 call-up Ethan White and U.S. U-20 midfielder Conor Shanosky.
WASHINGTON – One of the biggest advantages about the return of the MLS Reserve League in 2011 is the chance for Academy players to get in the mix with the pros.
Such was the case for D.C. United U-18 defender Patrick Foss, who earned a start with D.C.’s Reserves in a 2-2 tie Thursday morning against the Red Bulls.
Foss, who spent last year at the U.S. U-17 Academy in Bradenton, Florida, enjoyed the chance to test himself against New York’s reserves.
Los equipos de la Academia Juvenil de D.C.
United jugaron su último partido de pretemporada de cara al comienzo de la
temporada 2011-2012, enfrentando a sus pares de Philadelphia Union el fin de
El equipo Sub-18 del United cayó ante el
Union por 3 a 1 el domingo, 6 de noviembre. Patrick Foss anotó el único gol de
los capitalinos luego de convertir un penal en el segundo tiempo.
United’s Youth Academy teams played their last preseason matches ahead of the
2011-2012 season, taking on their Philadelphia Union counterparts last weekend.
U-18 side fell 3-1 to the Union on Sunday, November 6. Patrick Foss scored
United’s only goal of the match after converting a penalty in the second half.
La Academia Juvenil de D.C. United continuó
con su preparación para la temporada 2011/2012 este fin de semana,
con los combinados Sub-16 y Sub-18 enfrentando a Albertson el domingo, 23 de
octubre en el campo de entrenamiento del Estadio RFK.
United’s Youth Academy continued its preparation for the 2011-2012 season this
weekend as the U-16 and U-18 sides faced Albertson on Sunday, October 23 at the
RFK training grounds.
U-18’s played their third pre-season match on Sunday afternoon, consisting of
three 30-minute periods. Albertson scored two goals in a physical and fast-paced
first period, securing a final score of 2-0. Despite improved play throughout
the match, United was unable to tally a goal. The U-18’s previously fell 3-1
against Toronto FC on October 17.