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
. 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
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.).