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D.C. United Academy Update: April 23, 2014

On Sunday, April 13, the U-14s beat the Virginia Rush 3-0. SahrFelix Sandy (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) put United on the score sheet in the 40th minute to give them the 1-0 lead going into halftime. Andres Villanueva (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) and Alexis Cerritos (Beltsville, Md.; Cerritos Academy) both added goals in the second half for the 3-0 win. Goalkeeper Kyle Frye kept a clean sheet for the U-14s.

“The Rush played with a lot of pressure and had many counter attacks,” said D.C. United Director of Youth Development Sonny Silooy. “We played much better in the second half because we had the advantage of the wind. We started playing precise and attacking soccer and converted our chances.”

Man of the Match: Chris Durkin

“Chris played very well against the Rush. He controlled the middle of the field and distributed the ball nicely,” said Silooy. “He was focused and worked hard to defend and create attacking chances.”

National Team Update:

Four D.C. United Academy players have been called into National Team Camps.

  • Jorge Calix (Alexandria, Va.; Team America)—U-20 Honduras National Team
  • Ronald Ventura (Kensington, Md.; Potomac Soccer Association)—U-20 El Salvador National Team
  • Jose Carranza (Woodbridge, Va; Prince William Soccer Inc.)- U-15 United States National Team trip to Delle Nazioni in Gradisca d’Isonzo, Italy
  • Suliaman Dainkeh—(Academy alum and University of Maryland player) – U-20 United States National Team member to play in the Dallas Cup

U.S. Soccer Training Center Update:

The U.S. Soccer Training Center program aims to identify the best players for the U.S. Soccer Youth National Team program. Training Center events are open to the top players from any team, club or organization at no cost to the player.

2000s: Graham Bright (Rockville, Md.; Bethesda-Olney), Alexis Cerritos (Beltsville, Md.; Cerritos Academy), Chris Durkin (Glenn Allen, Va.; Richmond Kickers), Jonathan Godette (Bowie, Md.; Patuxent Football Academy), Steven Orsini (Rockville, Md.; Potomac Soccer Association), Bryce Orsini (Rockville, Md.; Potomac Soccer Association), Najji Price (Upper Marlboro, Md.; Bethesda-Olney) and Chandler Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.)

2001s: Iker Bustamante (Alexandria, Va.; Lee Mt. Vernon Soccer Club), Kyle Davis (Bowie, Md.; Maryland United), Eric Eichler (Great Falls, Va.; Great Falls Soccer Association), Michael Gaines (Waldorf, Md.; Maryland United), Joe Lewis (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.) and Douglas Negrette (Rockville, Md.; Knights Soccer Club)

1999s: Luke Campbell (Catlett, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.), Derrin Kokuuslu (Falls Church, Va.; Annandale Boys and Girls Club), Andrew Nicholas (Nokesville, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club), Luis Rodriguez-Luna (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.), SahrFelix Sandy (Woodbridge, Va.; Northern Virginia Soccer Club) and Andres Villanueva (Woodbridge, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.)

1998/97s: Umar Bangura (Spring Grove, Pa.; Baltimore Bays), Tyler Beaudoin (Montgomery Village, Md.; Bethesda-Olney), Jorge Calix (Alexandria, VA.; Team America), Patrick Jean-Gilles (Lorton, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association), Christophe Koffi (Potomac, Md.; Team America), Owen Marshall (Bethesda, Md.; DC Stoddert), Lucas Mendes (Arlington, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association) and Trey Vinson (Manassas, Va.; Prince William Soccer Inc.)

Academy Update presented by Orthopaedic Center.