Academy

PWSI's Icebreaker tourney blossoms into East Coast institution

Icebreaker tourney blossoms

Over two weekends in mid-March, several hundred youth clubs will descend on Prince William County, Va. to take part in Prince William Soccer's annual Icebreaker tournament.

Now entering its 15th year, the tournament has grown from just under 100 club teams to an average of around 500 over the last several years.

Handling that number of teams can be a challenge, but it's also helped turn the Icebreaker tournament into what it is today.

Silver Spring's Opsahl quietly snares English opportunity with Reading FC

Opsahl with Reading FC

Silver Spring, Md. native Erik Opsahl won’t be going back to St. John’s University for the second semester of his freshman year.

Instead, he’ll be heading over to England to begin his professional soccer career with Reading FC in the Championship, one step below the vaunted English Premier League.

The 18-year-old central midfielder was offered a contract through the end of the current club season after a successful trial last month. It also comes with an option for next year if he impresses.

Interview with Bo Amato, VYSA Boys Coach of the Year

Bo Amato interview

Anthony "Bo" Amato, Winner of VYSA Boys Competitive Coach of the Year. Amato is the Annandale Boys and Girls Club Technical Director and long time competitive coach. His current under-17 Annandale United FC team recently repeated as VYSA State Cup Champions, after winning U.S. Youth Soccer under-16 Region I League in the spring, and then advancing to 2010 the Region I semifinals in West Virginia last summer, barely losing to eventual champions Eastern Pennsylvania in OT/PKs.

Interview with Princeton coach and new Hall of Famer Julie Shackford

Julie Shackford interview

Potomac Soccer Wire was at the recent 2011 Virginia Youth Soccer Workshop held in Crystal City, Virginia. The event is an annual gathering of "all things soccer" focused on Virginia, but attended by plenty of coaches, administrators, and others from the District of Columbia, Maryland, and other states.

Washington Area Girls Soccer League overturns ‘wait list’ rule, will no longer relegate teams from league

Teams will now have option to play in a “pre-divisional” format.
WAGS overturns ‘wait list’

The Washington Area Girls Soccer League (WAGS) voted overwhelmingly to eliminate its 15-year-old wait list rule at a seasonal meeting of Club Reps Thursday night in Beltsville, MD. Replacing the wait list will provide teams that would have otherwise been relegated out of divisional play with an option to play in a “pre-divisional” format.

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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University of Maryland photo

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.

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