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14 D.C. United Academy players announce they will play Division 1 soccer

Fourteen players associated with the D.C. United Academy have signed National Letters of Intent to play Division 1 soccer.  Eleven  players chose colleges in either Maryland or Virginia.  Each one met with dcunited.com to explain their decision.   

  • Donovan Pines
    Defender
    College Chosen: University of Maryland
    Former Club: Soccer Association of Columbia
    "I chose the University of Maryland because of its high academic standards and the incredible soccer environment that exists for developing great players." 
    Notes: Pines played in the 2015 Academy Select game. 
  • Jonathan Sousa
    Defender
    College Chosen: Loyola University (Md.)
    Former Club: D.C. United
    "I chose Loyola because they offered me a great opportunity, it is a great school and I want to win national titles." 
  • Mark Elmore
    Defender
    College Chosen: James Madison University
    Former Club: Virginia Soccer Association
    "I chose JMU because it has a quality soccer program, a great education, and an exceptional atmosphere."
  • Juan Ramirez
    Midfielder
    College Chosen: Loyola University
    Former Club: Bethesda Soccer Club
    "I chose Loyola because they have a good program where soccer is one of the main sports on campus.  I like the coaches and their style of play and I think I will be a good fit for the team."
    Notes: Ramirez was named to the U-14 Youth National Team. 
  • Jonathan Bell
    Defender
    College Chosen: University of Virginia
    Former Club: Montgomery Soccer Incorporated
    "I chose UVA because of the great history of the soccer program. I also fancy the atmosphere of the school campus and the opportunities they offer off the field."
    Notes: Bell was named to the U-20 Youth National Team camp. 
  • Collin Jouan
    Midfielder
    College Chosen: Pennsylvania State University
    Former Club: Bethesda Soccer Club
    "I chose Penn State for the great academics and a good soccer program with an excellent coaching staff."
  • Trey Vinson
    Defender
    College Chosen: University of Maryland Baltimore County
    Former Club: Prince William Soccer Incorporated
    "I chose UMBC because of their academic environment, great coaches and their successful soccer program. I am thrilled to be attending UMBC in the fall of 2016."
    Notes: Vinson was named to the U-14 Youth National Team camp, and adidas ESP 2014. 
  • Nico Brown
    Forward 
    College Chosen: Loyola University
    Former Club: Baltimore Celtic
    "I have chosen to attend Loyola University because I feel comfortable with the coaching staff."
    Notes: Brown was named to the Jamaican U-17 Youth National Team Camp. 
  • Lucas Mendes
    Forward
    College Chosen: University of Virginia
    Former Club: Arlington Soccer Club
    "I chose Virginia because they have an amazing coaching staff and it will be a great stepping stone on my journey to becoming a professional footballer." 
    Notes: Mendes was named to the USDA First 11 and an NSCAA All-American, as well as the U-18 and U-20 National Team camps.
  • Hristo Bustamante
    Defender 
    College Chosen: College of William & Mary
    Former Club: Arlington Soccer Club
    "I chose W&M because it offers a rigorous but rewarding academic education. On top of that, the coaches, as well as the players, create a robust and competitive environment that will help me succeed at the collegiate level."
  • Brandon Williamson 
    Midfielder
    College Chosen: Duke University
    Former Club: D.C. United
    "I love the campus and the atmosphere there. It was always my dream school; I wanted to attend Duke ever since I was a little kid." 
  • Lance da Silva
    Goalkeeper
    College Chosen: Longwood University
    Former Club: Stafford Soccer
    "I thought it was the best school for me to receive a good education and continue my soccer career." 
  • Carson Jeffris
    Forward
    College Chosen: James Madison University
    Former Club: Braddock Road Youth Club
    "I chose JMU because from the moment I stepped on campus I felt welcome."
  • Grant Robinson
    Forward
    College Chosen: George Mason University
    Former Club: Baltimore Celtic
    "I chose George Mason primarily due to coaching staff and overall soccer program.  After speaking with coaches and touring campus and reviewing academic opportunities, GMU seems like a great fit.."
    Notes: Robinson was named to the U-19 Youth National Team camp. 
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