Academy Update: November 18, 2014

D.C. United’s Academy teams went 4-1 this past weekend as the U13s, U15s, U16s and U18s traveled away to face PA Classics while the U14s stayed home to face the Baltimore Bays.

This Sunday, Nov. 23, D.C. United’s U13 Academy team will play its make up game against Cedar Stars Academy at Catholic University at 12:00 p.m. EST.

U-18s: 3-1 win over PA Classics
Starting Roster [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Antonio Bustamante (Springfield, Va.; McLean), Jorge Calix (Alexandria, Va.; Team America), Paul Darmstadter (Alexandria, Va.; Annandale Hawks), Brennan Ireland (Pittsburgh, Pa.; Century V), James Knoebel (Warrenton, Va.; McLean), Jean-Christophe Koffi (Potomac, Md.; Tap Barca), Lucas Mendes (Arlington, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association), Ibrahim Seye (Fairfax, Va.; DC United Academy), Jonathan Sousa (Rockville, Md.; Calverton), Trey Vinson (Manassas, Va.; PWSI), Eryk Williamson (Alexandria, Va.; Arlington)

Goal Scorer [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Eryk Williamson (Alexandria, Va.; Arlington)
Antonio Bustamante (Springfield, Va.; McLean)
Lucas Mendes (Arlington, Va.; Arlington Soccer Association)
“It was an excellent showcase of quality soccer by two very strong teams,” said U18 Head Coach Tom Torres. “Getting a goal in the first half opened up the play a bit more and allowed us more transition moments which led to more scoring opportunities and some great bouts of possession. Overall, we were happy with the boy’s mentality and work in the fall season. They dealt with challenges well and showed a great understanding of the style and system we want to play in the academy. We will look to get them sharp for the Showcase as we know the matches will be competitive.”

U-16s: 0-1 loss against PA Classics
Starting Roster [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Lance Da Silva (Spotsylvania, Va.; Stafford Area Soccer Association), Donovan Pines (Clarksville, Md.; Soccer Association of Columbia), Carson Jeffris (Fairfax, Va.; BRYC) Jack Daunt (Haymarket, Va.; VSA Heat), Chandler Vaughn (Woodbridge, Va.; PWSI), Collin Jouan (Catonsville, Md.; Bethesda-Onley), Luis Rodriguez-Luna (Woodbridge, Va.; PWSI), Fola Adetola (Bowie, Md.; Bethesda), Maxwell Edwards (Woodbridge, Va.; PWSI), Raheem Lawal (Falls Church, Va.; Annandale), Idrissa Barrie (Woodbridge, Va.; NVSC)
“It was a great match and the boys played very well,” said U16 Head Coach Jonny Frias. “PA Classics created lots of pressure and problems for us and they were able to convert a goal off a counter attack. We also had many chances but we were missing the final piece. Overall, I was happy with their performance and the way they played.”

U-15s: 3-0 win against PA Classics
Starting Roster [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Gio Diaz (Kensington, Md.; Cerritos Academy), Jacob Velvel (Silver Springs, Md.; DC United Academy), Derin Kokuuslu (Falls Church City, Va.; ABGC), Luke Campbell (Catlett, Va.; PWSI), Thomas Roder (Montclair, Va.; PWSI Courage), Andrew Nicholas (Nokesville, Va.; NVSC), Andres Cabrera (Falls Church, Va.; Academia FC), Gregory Torcaso (Ellicott City, Md.; Soccer Association of Columbia), Andres Villanueva (Woodbridge, Va.; DC United Academy), Jason Ferrufino (Fairfax, Va.; FPYC Golden Eagles), Conor Gill (Reston, Va.; Reston SA)

Goal Scorer [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Conor Gill (Reston, Va.; Reston SA) 2 goals
Luke Campbell (Catlett, Va.; PWSI)
“It was a good Saturday afternoon match for our boys,” said U15 Assistant Coach Nenad Babic. “In the first half our boys created a lot of chances but we were unable to score more than one goal. In the second half we provided pressure in the opponent’s half. We then converted two goals out of the many shots that were taken.”

U-14s: 11-0 win against Baltimore Bays
Starting Roster [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Kyle Davis (Bowie, Md.; Bethesda/MD United FC), Dan Benavides (Washington, D.C.; DC Stoddert), Jonathan Godette (Bowie, Md.; Patuxent Football Academy), Alexis Cerritos (Beltsville, Md.; Cerritos Academy), Michael Edwards (Woodbridge, Va.; PWSI), Michael Gaines (Waldorf, Md.; Freestate Soccer Alliance), Damian Polinski (Rockville, Md.; Bethesda Soccer Club), Aldo Moreno (Silver Springs, Md.; Universal FC), Bryce Orsini (Rockville, Md.; Potomac), Nicholas Gerlach (Arlington, Va.; Barza Elite), Jordan Matamoro-Mejias (Woodbridge, Va.; PWSI)
Goal Scorer [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Jonathan Godette (Bowie, Md.; Patuxent Football Academy) 3 goals
Alexis Cerritos (Beltsville, Md.; Cerritos Academy) 3 goals
Daniel Nugent (Washington, D.C.; Bethesda-Olney)
Bryce Orsini (Rockville, Md.; Potomac)
Kyle Davis (Bowie, Md.; Bethesda/MD United FC) 2 goals
Damian Polinski (Rockville, Md.; Bethesda Soccer Club)
"The team played extremely well and capitalized on the chances they created, which was nice to see," said U14 Head Coach Jeff Carroll. "The effort and poise, offensively and defensively, that the group showed from start to finish was impressive and is something we will look to build on."

U-13s: 1-0 win over PA Classics
Starting Roster [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
Josh Kappes (Westminster, Md.; Westminster Wolves), Jaden Robinson (Bowie, Md.; SAC), Ben Pigg (Chesapeake Beach, Md.; Freestate), Justus Akinlosotu (Bowie, Md.; Freestate SA), Juneau Kim (Bethesda, Md.; DC United Pre-Academy), Jair Sosa (Upper Marlboro, Md.; FCI Eagles), Teymour Peters (Bethesda, Md.; FPYC), Max DeBodene (Alexandria, Va.; PWSI), Elijah Gross (Dowell, Md.; Patuxent Football Academy), Asparuh Slavov (Charles Town, W. Va.; Loudoun), Sulahmana Bah (Bowie, Md.; ESSA)<
Goal Scorer [Name (Hometown; Previous Club)]
RJ Ray (Bowie, Md.; Bethesda/Quickfeet)
“We went down to 10 players in the 15th minute of play,” said U13 Head Coach Jon Bello. “We were able to organize and dropped our line of confrontation to absorb the opponents’ attack. We pushed for the counter attack goal the last 10-15 minutes and were able to put together a nice movement to score the winning goal.”

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