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D.C. United Academy ready for 2011-2012 campaign

D.C. United’s Academy teams kickoff the U.S. Soccer Development Academy seasonthis weekend with both the U-18 and U-16 teams in action. On Saturday, November19, both sides are set to play against Seacoast United. On Sunday, November 20,the Black-and-Red take on Empire United. All four matches will take place atPrince George’s Community College in Largo, Md. 

United’sU-14 and U-15 sides began their seasons last weekend against PA Classics. TheU-14’s earned a 2-0 victory with goals from Owen Marshall and Cheick Traore.Graydon Hester and Andrew Ferman helped the U-15’s overcome a one-goal deficit,resulting in a 2-1 victory.

Inearly December, the Academy players head down to Sarasota, Fla. to kickoff the2011 Winter Showcase, one of the most prestigious domestic youth developmentcompetitions. On December 3, the U-18 and U-16 teams will face Sporting KansasCity, followed by December 4 matches against Sockers FC. The Black-and-Red willround out the tournament on December 6 against Vardar SC Freiburg. 

Severalmembers of the Black-and-Red Academy have committed their futures to the collegeranks. Damilola Adetola has decided to join Villanova, while Rafael Fagundowill continue his soccer career at Wake Forest. Ryan Harmouche and Edgar Zepedahave both committed to George Mason. Lastly, Peter Lee has decided to joinArmy.