D.C. United’s youth academy has made great strides since its founding in 2005, producing a long list of NCAA Division I talent and graduating several players on to the senior team. Even as the rest of Major League Soccer adopts similar programs, the club has kept ahead of the curve and positioned itself as a leading destination for the Washington, D.C. region’s most promising prospects.
WASHINGTON — D.C. United defender Ethan White’s smooth transition into MLS should come as no surprise. After all, playing a couple of years at the University of Maryland put him on a path many have taken to professional success.
At this early stage of the season, the 20-year-old central defender has shown the ability to compete at the pro level in seven MLS appearances. His athleticism is often lauded as among the best on his team, and he displayed it in another solid performance during last Sunday’s 3-2 win in Portland.
From the beginning of the season, D.C. United made it very clear that young players would have to play a central role in any success in 2011.
On Sunday, two rookies — Perry Kitchen and Blake Brettschneider — stepped up as a makeshift DC side sent the Portland Timbers to their first home defeat of the year with a 3-2 win.
Perry Kitchen was named Lenkersdorfer Fine Jewelers Man of the Match for Matchday 11 of the MLS Regular Season today based on fan voting conducted on dcunited.com. Kitchen scored his first MLS goal and helped lead the Black-and-Red's to a 3-2 win in Portland.
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