D.C. United Academy

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D.C. United Academy
A shield with stylized black eagle facing left on a red field under the words "D.C. United". On the eagles chest is a red star with a soccer ball. Below, a banner reader "Academy".
Full name D.C. United Youth and Development Academy
Founded 2005
Stadium RFK Auxiliary Fields
Washington, D.C.
League Super Y-League
Northeast Pre-Academy League

The D.C. United Academy is the youth and development program for Major League Soccer club, D.C. United. The program consists of four levels: the under-23 and under-20 teams, as well as the Academy (U-18/17 & U-16/15) and Pre-Academy teams (U-14, U-13). While the U-23 team plays in the fourth tier, USL Premier Development League, the U-20 team plays in the Super-20 League, and the Academy and Pre-Academy teams play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy leagues.

History[edit]

The U-16 team playing Triangle F.C. in the 2006 Super Y League semifinals.

The D.C. United Academy was created in 2005 in an effort to provide local talent an opportunity to have professional training. The D.C. United Academy has been one of the most successful MLS academies. Many players have been signed directly from the Academy to the professional team, or have gone to college and later played professionally.

Structure[edit]

D.C. United Academy is structured with several youth squads, ranging from players under the age of 23, to pre-development clubs for 11 to 12 year olds.

The D.C. United Academy features youth squads ranging from players under the age of 23, to pre-academy teams that are for players aged 14 and 15. The top age groups in the academy field teams in the fourth tier USL Premier Development League and the fifth-tier USL Super-20 League.

The under-18 and 17 squads compete in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy, which composes of the most elite youth academies in the United States. Presently, United's U-18 and 17 teams play in the Northeast Division of the Eastern Conference in the league.

The younger teams play in the Northeast Pre-Academy League.

The youngest portion of the academy is devoted to players from the ages of 11 to 13. Although D.C. United does not field U-11 to U-13 academy teams, the club organizes clinics, camps and training sessions for younger players, and offer select players opportunities to join the lower age youth academy sides. These clinics are generally run throughout the year through a string of tryout sessions.[1]

Reserves[edit]

From 2005 until 2012, D.C. United fielded a reserve team that played in the MLS Reserve Division. The reserve team disbanded when Major League Soccer and USL Pro announced a player development partnership, and United announced Richmond Kickers as their USL Pro affiliate.[2]

Honors[edit]

Seasons[edit]

Season MLS Reserve League Top goalscorer(s)
GP W T L GF GA Pts Pos Name Goals
2005 12 8 0 4 26 21 24 1st Jamil Walker 9
2006 12 6 1 5 22 11 19 5th
2007 12 4 5 3 16 12 17 5th
2008 12 5 1 4 19 21 16 5th
2011 9 6 3 0 21 9 21 Eastern Division
2nd
Joseph Ngwenya 4

The Academy[edit]

Current academy rosters[edit]

Further information: D.C. United U-23

D.C. United U-23[edit]

As of May 19, 2013.[3]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 United States MF Cody Albrecht
2 United States DF Darion Copeland
3 Sweden FW Jannik Enckenrode
4 United States Kevin Fallet
5 England MF Charlie Hunter
6 United States FW Daniel Jackson
7 United States DF Christian Luster
8 United States DF Jordan Manley
9 United States MF Collin Martin
10 United States DF George Miller
No. Position Player
11 United States GK Dakota Niedermeier
12 Ethiopia DF Uche Onyeador
13 United States DF Dario Redondo
14 United States GK Kyle Renfro
15 United States MF Tyler Rudy
16 United States MF Michael Russo
17 United States DF Josh Turnley
18 Russia DF Brad Vorv
19 Guatemala DF Edgar Zepeda

D.C. United U-18/17[edit]

# Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Profile
Goalkeepers
0 James Knoebel United States GK (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 17) McLean Youth Soccer 2014 2015 View
1 Scott Rissler United States GK (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 (age 18) York Red Lion 2011 2015 View
Defenders
2 Austin Pelto United States D (1996-09-05) 5 September 1996 (age 17) Vienna Youth Soccer 2011 2015 View
3 Josh Golob United States D (1995-09-18) 18 September 1995 (age 18) Bethesda Soccer Club 2011 2015 View
4 Justin Roberts United States D (1996-02-10) 10 February 1996 (age 18) Bethesda Soccer Club 2012 2015 View
5 James Filerman United States D (1996-11-11) 11 November 1996 (age 17) Vienna Youth Soccer 2011 2015 View
6 Rodrigo Hernandez United States D (1996-06-08) 8 June 1996 (age 18) Team America 2011 2015 View
15 Hiram Munoz-Canto Mexico D (1995-05-26) 26 May 1995 (age 19) CF Monterrey 2014 2015 View
17 Christian Kershaw United States D (1995-01-22) 22 January 1995 (age 19) Baltimore Bays 2011 2015 View
25 Medele Kao Togo D (1995-04-22) 22 April 1995 (age 19) 2014 2015 View
Midfielders
7 Gerson Umaña El Salvador RM (1997-12-28) 28 December 1997 (age 16) PWSI 2011 2015 View
10 Jorge Calix United States AM (1996-02-06) 6 February 1996 (age 18) Team America 2011 2015 View
11 Cristhyan Najar Honduras M (1995-08-08) 8 August 1995 (age 18) 2011 2015 View
12 Samuel Kahsai United States M (1995-03-04) 4 March 1995 (age 19) Capital Community SC 2014 2015 View
13 Christian Rodriguez United States M (1995-09-12) 12 September 1995 (age 18) 2010 2015 View
23 Adam Burnaby-Atkins England M (1996-01-16) 16 January 1996 (age 18) Potomac Soccer Association 2013 2015 View
24 Tim Oberg United States M (1996-12-06) 6 December 1996 (age 17) Montgomery Soccer Club 2012 2015 View
Forwards
18 Abdallah Bangura Sierra Leone ST (1997-05-15) 15 May 1997 (age 17) McLean Youth Soccer 2012 2015 View
20 Bashir Hooper United States ST (1995-12-05) 5 December 1995 (age 18) McLean Youth Soccer 2012 2015 View
22 Ronald Ventura United States ST (1996-04-11) 11 April 1996 (age 18) Potomac Soccer Association 2014 2015 View

D.C. United U-16/15[edit]

# Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Currently on-loan?
Goalkeepers
The 2013–14 goalkeeper pool has not been announced
Defenders
The 2013–14 defender pool has not been announced
Midfielders
The 2013–14 midfielder pool has not been announced
Forwards
The 2013–14 forward pool has not been announced

Honors and awards[edit]

Pre-Academy[edit]

Current pre-academy rosters[edit]

Under 14[edit]

# Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Currently on-loan?
Goalkeepers
The 2013–14 goalkeeper pool has not been announced
Defenders
The 2013–14 defender pool has not been announced
Midfielders
The 2013–14 midfielder pool has not been announced
Forwards
The 2013–14 forward pool has not been announced

Under 13[edit]

# Name Nationality Position Date of birth (age) Signed from Signed in Contract ends Currently on-loan?
Goalkeepers
The 2013–14 goalkeeper pool has not been announced
Defenders
The 2013–14 defender pool has not been announced
Midfielders
The 2013–14 midfielder pool has not been announced
Forwards
The 2013–14 forward pool has not been announced

Honors and awards[edit]

Staff[edit]

Academy Management and Medical staff
Position Staff
Academy Technical Coach Bolivia Jaime Moreno
Coordinator, Youth Development United States Urbano Castro, Jr.
Director, D.C. United Camps United States Nolan Sheldon
Manager, D.C. United Camps United States Kendra Hansen
Strength & Conditioning United States Pete Calabrese
Athletic Trainer Argentina Zachary Delgado
Equipment Manager El Salvador Jose Vega
Team Administrator United States Joe Dincecco
Team Doctor United States Dr. Michael Oberlander

Last updated: July 11, 2011
Source: D.C. United Academy

Academy Coaching staff
Position Staff
U-23 Head Coach Bolivia Jaime Moreno
U-23 Assistant Coaches United States Judah Cooks
United States Nolan Sheldon
England Daf Evans
U-18 Head Coach United States Judah Cooks
U-16 Head Coach Brazil Roberto da Silva
U-16 Assistant Coach United States Nolan Sheldon
U-15 Head Coach United States Tom Torres
U-15/14 Trainer El Salvador Ronald Cerritos
U-15/14 Goalkeeping Coach United States Pete Calabrese
U-14 Head Coach Italy Mike Marschiano
U-14 Assistant Coach Italy Mike Dello-Russo

Last updated: July 11, 2011
Source: D.C. United Academy

Notable alumni[edit]

The following list reflects players who have graduated from the D.C. United Academy and subsequently signed a professional contract.

Nat. Name Current Club/College
United States Samir Badr United States Oklahoma City Energy
United States Bill Hamid United States D.C. United
United States Collin Martin United States Richmond Kickers
Honduras Andy Najar Belgium Anderlecht
Jamaica Michael Seaton United States Richmond Kickers
United States Conor Shanosky United States Richmond Kickers
United States Ethan White United States Harrisburg City Islanders
United States Jalen Robinson United States Arizona United SC

See also[edit]

References[edit]

General
Footnotes
  1. ^ "U–11 & U–13 Training Program: About the Program". D.C. United. Retrieved 15 July 2011. 
  2. ^ "D.C. United, Richmond Kickers announce landmark affiliation". D.C. United. DCUnited.com. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 
  3. ^ "D.C. United U-23". National Premier Soccer League. NationalPremierSoccerLeague.com. Retrieved May 19, 2013. 

External links[edit]

Pre-Academy
Alumni