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D.C. United U-18 and U-16 teams close in on U.S. Soccer Development Academy National Playoffs

D.C. United’sYouth Academy finished 2-1 in weekend action, as the club’s Under-15 side fell 4-1to NJSA’04 in the National Playoffs, capping a successful inaugural season.

The U-18 andU-16 sides fared better, as each tram travelled to Prince George’s CommunityCollege on Saturday, June 4. Both sides were victorious over Potomac Academy,with the U-18’s posting a 6-1 result, followed by a 4-0 U-16 victory.

Cody Albrechtled the way for the U-18’s, tallying two goals and an assist, while Tyler Rudy,Marcus Salandy-Defour, Mikias Eticha, and U-16 player Michael Russo also foundthe back of the net in the 6-1 drubbing of Potomac.

The U-18’s(13-5-7) currently own a share of first place in the U.S. Soccer DevelopmentAcademy Mid-Atlantic Division alongside PA Classics. The Black-and-Red willface off against PA Classics next weekend along with FC Delco in its final tworegular season matches, with a place in U.S. Soccer Development AcademyNational Playoffs on the line.

Dami Aditolaopened the scoring for the U-16’s in the first half against Potomac with anassist from Collin Martin. The U-16’s then added three more goals in the secondhalf with strikes from Martin, Kennedy O’Shea, and Patrick Foss to earn theshutout win, 4-0.

The U-16’s(14-6-5) are second in the Mid-Atlantic Division with their final regularseason matches also against PA Classics and FC Delco next weekend. Like theirU-18 counterparts, the Black-and-Red U-16’s are attempting to secure anautomatic berth in the 2011 National Playoffs.