Academy

D.C. United Academy players commit to the college ranks

Several Black-and-Red players have committed their futures to university soccer
Academy commitments

Washington, D.C. - D.C. United’s Academy continued its strong history of player development this week with the announcement that several Black-and-Red players have committed their futures to college soccer. Leading the way is U-18 midfielder Tyler Rudy, who was recently named to the 2010 NSCAA High School Academic All-American Team. Rudy has committed to Georgetown University. Other notable players on this list are striker Julian Griggs and defender Myles McGinley, as both Academy products will play for Princeton.

Ethan White signs

19-year-old defender becomes fourth Homegrown player to join the Black-and-Red
Ethan White signs

Ethan White - University of Maryland

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D.C. United announced today the club has signed 19-year-old Academy product Ethan White. The defender becomes the fourth Homegrown player on United’s roster, joining 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar, goalkeeper Bill Hamid, and midfielder Conor Shanosky. White progressed from United’s Academy to the University of Maryland, where he played the past two seasons, starting 43 matches during that period.

Conor Shanosky signs with first team

18-year-old joins Andy Najar and Bill Hamid as Homegrown player signing
Conor Shanosky signs

Conor Shanosky

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Washington, D.C. (August 16, 2010) − D.C. United announced today the club has signed Academy defensive midfielder Conor Shanosky. The 18-year-old standout becomes the third player to make the jump from United’s Academy to the senior squad, following midfielder Andy Najar and goalkeeper Bill Hamid. Shanosky will train with United’s first team, however, he will not be eligible for selection until the 2011 season. Shanosky and members of United’s technical staff will be available for comment following tomorrow’s training session.

VIDEO: 2010 SUM U-17 Cup PKs

D.C. United U-17's win in nine rounds
2010 SUM U-17 Cup PKs

D.C. United's U-17s won the 2010 SUM U-17 Cup after a nine-round shootout with Real Salt Lake's U-17s. United has won the SUM U-17 Championship three times in four years (2008, 2009, 2010).

Niedermeier's game "once in a lifetime"

16-year-old D.C. goalkeeper stops five consecutive penalty kicks
Niedermeier's epic game

2010 SUM Cup Final - Niedermeier with trophy

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As D.C. United Academy goalkeeper Dakota Niedermeier walked off the Robertson Stadium field Thursday, lugging the SUM U-17 Cup championship trophy, an opposing coach walked near him and offered his opinion on Niedermeier’s best save of the day.

Then a trainer chimed in with her opinion, and the debate was on. There were that many to choose from.

Niedermeier leads D.C. to U-17 title

Goalkeeper stops five straight PKs, scores game-winner
D.C. win SUM Cup

2010 SUM Cup Final

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Wilf Thorne/Houston Dynamo

D.C. United goalkeeper Dakota Niedermeier turned in a performance for the ages on Thursday, stopping five straight penalty kicks and converting the game-winner in a nine-round shootout as D.C. won its third SUM Cup title in four years and second in a row with a heart-stopping 5-4 shootout win over Real Salt Lake after a 0-0 tie.

D.C. United advances to U-17 final

Classy two-time champ D.C. cruises to 3-0 win over Columbus
U-17s advance to final

2010 SUM Cup

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Wilf Thome/Houston Dynamo

D.C. United opened the scoring in the 19th minute when left back Marco Hurtado stepped forward, beat a man, and slipped a pass to Cody Albrecht at the top of the box. Albrecht made a slashing right-footed dribble between two players to break into the box alone, then finished low past goalkeeper Nick Straight to give United the lead.

Equipo Sub-16 de D.C. United Invicto en Copa SUM

Academy Update

Washington, D.C. (26 de julio de 2010) - El equipo Sub-16 de la Academia D.C. United doblegó el viernes 23 de julio a su similar de Chicago Fire 5-3 en los penales tras igualar 1-1 en tiempo reglamentario en la apertura de la Copa SUM de la MLS que se celebra en Houston, Texas.

D.C. United Academy dominating group play at 2010 SUM Cup

U-16’s are top of Group A in Houston with a shot at the semifinals on the line
Academy Update

Washington, D.C. (July 26, 2010) - Seeking redemption for a group stage loss at the 2010 U.S. Soccer Developmental Academy National Finals to Chicago, D.C. United’s U-16 side defeated the Fire 5-3 on penalties to open the 2010 SUM Cup in Houston on July 23. United avenged the defeat from two weeks ago, as forward Julian Griggs made his return from mononucleosis to put the Black-and-Red up 1-0. Chicago drew level before the half, but United goalkeeper Dakota Niedermeier ensured Black-and-Red victory by denying Chicago’s Daniel Lojeck an equalizing penalty.

SUM U-17 Cup Draw

United's Academy Team has won the tournament twice in the last three years
SUM U-17 Cup Draw

Jason Saghini hosts the draw for the SUM Cup U-17 tournament. D.C. United's Academy was won the tournament 2-times (2007 & 2009). United was drawn first and will be first seed in Group A.

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