With the stadium floodlights shining down, the smell of freshly cut grass and the sound of thousands of fans roaring your name, walking onto the RFK field as a D.C. United player is a feeling that most people can only dream of experiencing...until now! The electricity and buzz felt by being a professional soccer player is now being encapsulated into an overnight residential camp at RFK Stadium.
The last day at the U-14 Development Academy Showcase started with the threat of rain and the pressure to play well against another MLS Academy squad. The D.C. United U-14s were undefeated going into their clash against the Colorado Rapids on Monday morning. The young Black-and-Red was looking for their first win at the showcase after tying their two previous games 2-2. This would be the last game together at this age group and emotions were running high.
Day two of the United States Soccer Development Academy U-14 Showcase saw another early morning for the young Black-and-Red. Indiana provided another excellent day for the teams to showcase their talents in front of several U.S. Soccer scouts. The DCU U-14s squared off against a skilled Los Angeles Futbol Academy on Saturday morning.
Friday the 13th wasn’t too unlucky for the young Black-and-Red. The D.C. United U-14s opened their Development Academy Showcase weekend against BW Gottschee Friday morning. From the opening touch, United dominated play and created many chances, though were intially unable to convert . John Eberle broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute after Gottschee’s goalkeeper deflected a shot from Chandler Vaughn. Despite several shots on goal, a stellar first half performance from Gottschee’s ‘keeper held United to a one-goal lead heading into half time.
The D.C. United U-23, U-18, U-16 and U-14s were all in action this past weekend at several different venues. The U-18, U-16 and U-14s finished up the regular season, while the U-23s continue its summer season.
U-23s vs. Legacy 76: 1-0 win
Goals: Jannick Eckenrode (Cody Albrecht) 
This week, we're pretty busy getting ready for the World Cup break.
D.C. United has announced that Nolan Sheldon has been named D.C. United Academy Director. Sheldon, who currently serves as Director of D.C. United camps and Head Coach of the D.C. United Academy Under-18 team, will assume oversight of all D.C. United Academy initiatives, youth teams and training opportunities. D.C. United continues to have one of the most successful academy programs in the country, with seven players that have graduated from the youth ranks to professional Major League Soccer contracts.
What are you goals for the D.C. United Academy?
While D.C. United was hard at work at RFK, the Richmond Kickers, Washington Spirit and D.C. United U-23s were busy giving the DMV an undefeated record on the weekend.