It’s not too soon to start thinking about spring break plans. There may still be snow on the ground, but you can go ahead and start daydreaming of warm spring break plans with D.C. United. The month of April has several opportunities for players to begin training and playing soccer outside again. D.C. United Spring Training Programs begin on April 6th, and the Spring Break Camp runs April 14th-18th.
The D.C. United Pre-Academy U-13 Team won the Arlington ASIST Tournament over the past weekend. Below freezing temperatures, brutal winds, looming winter storm TITAN, and a freezing rain final didn’t stop the U-13s from bringing home some hardware.
The D.C. United Academy teams played the Richmond Kickers this past weekend in their first home games of the season. The U-18s and U-16s both put in impressive multiple goal performances, while the U-14s were unable to score in its 1-0 defeat to the Kickers.
All three D.C. United Academy teams won their season openers against the Richmond Strikers this past weekend. The D.C. United U-18 and U-16s begin the second half of the season with (7-3-4) records, while the U-14s continue have tallied a (9-2-1) record.
The D.C. United Developmental Academy U-14s competed in the 2014 Development Academy Regional Futsal Event at the Competitive Edge Sports in King of Prussia, Pa., this past weekend. The U-14s were divided into a Red team and a White team that competed separately at the event.
The red team went 2-2 against NJSA, New York Red Bulls, Bethesda and the Philadelphia Union. The white team went 1-3 over the weekend in several close games against SAC, Bethesda, Philadelphia Union and the New York Red Bulls.
The D.C. United Academy has several affiliate clubs that actively help identify, develop and monitor players in the Maryland, Virginia and D.C. area. These affiliate clubs assist D.C. United in developing high quality players that are ready to perform at premier college programs and potentially play for D.C. United’s first team. Six clubs are affiliate members with the D.C. United Academy including, Annandale Boys and Girls Soccer Club, Arlington Soccer Association, Beach FC, Maryland United, Northern Virginia Soccer Club and Stafford Soccer.
Seven D.C. United Academy players are going to play collegiate soccer in fall 2014. All seven have deep roots in the D.C. United Academy system and have been with the club for multiple years. Julian Cummings, Steven Gandy, Josh Golob, Bashir Hooper, Christian Kershaw, Michael Monahan, and Noah Pilato all started in the DCU Pre-Academy and moved up together through the system to eventually play on the U-18 US Developmental Academy team.
D.C. United Academy players Jose Carranza (Manassas, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club) and Chandler Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) have both been called in to U.S. Soccer National Team camps. Carranza has been invited to the U-15 Boys National Team Camp to be held Jan. 31-Feb. 9 in Dubai, United Arab Emirate. Vaughn has been invited to the U-14 Boys National Team training camp Feb. 1-9 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla.
Two D.C. United Academy alumni, Suliaman Dainkeh (Maryland; Reston, Va.) and Ian Harkes (Wake Forest; Fairfax, Va.), have been invited into the U-20 National Team Camp from Jan. 3-12 in Lakewood Ranch, Fla. They sat down during their afternoon break at camp to answer a few questions about their time with the National Team.