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D.C. United Academy players commit to the college ranks

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. Defender Dan Traxler is heading to South Carolina, and 2010 Washington Post All Metro Player of the Year Cody Albrecht will attend St. John’s. Below is a full list of D.C. United’s Academy players that are set to play college soccer.

Said U-18 Academy Head Coach Judah Cooks, “If you look at the kind of schools our kids are going to, it’s a testament to the character and ability of our players. Cooks continues, “This is why we are out there three nights a weeks until nine at night - for our kids to have these types of opportunities.”

  • Cody Albrecht: St. John’s University
  • Dallas Aminzadeh: Wake Forest University
  • Brandon Bolen: UNC Wilmington
  • Nat Eggleston: Duke University
  • Julian Griggs: Princeton University
  • Jordan Manley: American University
  • Myles McGinley: Princeton University
  • Kody Palmer: High Point University
  • Dario Redondo: Radford University
  • Luis Rendon: Duke University
  • Tyler Rudy: Georgetown University
  • Michael Russo: University of Central Florida
  • Dan Traxler: South Carolina
  • Jake Weiss: Radford University
  • Joey Wilkins: Loyola University (Maryland)

Patrick Foss to U.S. Soccer Residency roster

United U-16 midfielder Patrick Foss has been named to the U.S. Soccer Residency roster ahead of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship. Taking place February 12 through February 27, this tournament will unfold in Montego Bay, Jamaica. Foss will be part of the 40-man roster that will represent the United States during the spring semester of U.S. Soccer’s Residency Program in Bradenton, Fla. The U.S. will play in Group B of the CONCACAF U-17 Championship alongside Cuba and Panama.

U-15’s go 3-1 in Disney Soccer Showcase in Orlando, Fla.

Additionally, United’s U-15 side posted a 3-1 record over the Holidays break in the top-ranked Disney Soccer Showcase presented by Chelsea Football Club in Orlando, Fla. Sponsored by the Dulles Sportsplex, the Black-and-Red opened play with a narrow 1-0 loss to Norcross FC. However, United bounced back with a 3-1 victory over the Columbus Crew Juniors. Midfielder Christian Najar, brother of 2010 MLS Rookie of the Year Andy Najar, began the scoring, followed by goals from Sander Yu and Juan Tamayo.

United then coasted to a 3-0 win over South Carolina’s Brentwood SC, with goals from Tomayo, Michael Seaton, and Heyner Pajaro. In the United’s fourth and final match, the U-15’s advanced to play Jacksonville United. A late second half goal from Seaton was the difference, allowing the Black-and-Red to round out the tourney with a 3-1 overall record.