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D.C. United tops charts
by Paul Kennedy, March 13th, 2009 8AM



With a 10-0-1 overall record, D.C. United has the best points-per-game average (2.82) in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy's Under-17/18 Age Group.

It recently beat the Baltimore Bays, last year's U/17-18 champions, on a superb goal by Uwen Etuk and a game-winner from goals by Marcus Douglas.

In their recent outings against a pair of New Jersey teams, the U-18s beat PDA, 2-1, on goals by Ryan Gracia and John Ciampa. Gracia scored twice while Chris Hegngi added another to record a 3-2 victory over Match Fit the next day.

"We're very pleased and proud of our boys with our performances this weekend," said U-18 coach Judah Cooks. "Both PDA and Matchfit are two of the top clubs in the country and coming out with six points on back to back days is something special. In both games our boys defended as a group and scored some fantastic goals."

Etuk recently committed to play at West Virginia University, where he will join teammates, Peabo Doue and Travis Pittman.

Other regulars headed to college include Douglas, Shane Cooke and Marcus Douglas, who will play at Virginia, Paul Torres and Ethan White will be go to Maryland. Forward Chris Hegngi is committed to Ohio State. Gracia, a college freshman, was a member of the 2008 All-CAA Rookie Team at George Mason.

Torres was a member of the 2008 U-15/16 Academy Starting XI and along with Hegngi an all-conference pick.

D.C.'s U-15/16s, who are 5-2-4, will play in the third annual Tiffany Trophy Cup, held April 4-11. Their schedule includes games against Real Madrid's youth team on April 4, taking the field at RFK Stadium before the first team faces Houston in MLS action, and against Costa Rica's Deportivo Saprissa two days later. Also featured in this year's tournament are youth teams from Blackburn Rovers (England) and Guadalajara (Mexico), and Real Madrid (Spain) and area youth teams Freestate (Bowie, Md.), Great Falls Elite (Great Falls, Va.) and Pachuca FC USA Internationals (Potomac, Md.).

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