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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
D.C. United Technical Director, Chad Ashton, talks to Comcast SportsNet's Dave Johnson about United's Youth Academy, Andy Najar, Bill Hamid and United's summer camps.
D.C. United’s Youth Academy sides continued their collective success in Divisional matches over the weekend, as the Black-and-Red posted a 3-0-1 record at the Maryland Soccerplex. On Saturday, May 8 United’s U-16’s defeated PA Classics 1-0 behind a Brad Vorv strike. In the other match the U-18’s captured a late equalizer through Conor Shanoksy, as Desean Ragland fired home the winner to seal a 2-1 result over PA Classics.
Los conjuntos sub-16 y sub-18 de la Academia de D.C. United se enfrentaron a los juveniles de los New York Red Bulls este fin de semana en American University. Ambos partidos terminaron empatados, con el cuadro sub-16 empatando 0-0 y el sub-18 por 1-1.
In a week where D.C. United Youth Academy product Andy Najar was signed to the first team, the club’s current U-16 and U-18 sides played a set of matches against the New York Red Bulls at American University. Both games ended in draws, with United’s U-16’s playing to a 0-0 deadlock, while the U-18’s finished 1-1.
U-18 forward Connor Shanosky scored United’s lone goal against New York, when the young player slotted a rebound into the Red Bull goal in the 38’. United Director of Youth Development John Maessner was pleased with his players’ efforts against MLS opposition.