The D.C. United Academy U-16 team fell to Real Madrid, 1-0, in the recent Tiffany Trophy Cup.
United Academy standouts Julio Arjona
and Shaquille Phillips
were called back from the U.S. U-17 residency program in Bradenton, Fla. to play in the match held at RFK Stadium. An early goal in the second
half was enough Real Madrid to come away with a narrow victory.
"It was a great chance for us to measure ourselves against one of the top clubs in the world," said D.C. United director
of youth development John Maessner
. "These experiences are invaluable for young players who aspire to play at the highest level. I thought that we showed
very well as a club and I believe we made a big statement to the growth this country has made on the soccer field with our youngsters in the last several years. I was very happy with our first-half
performance in particular. We were able to combine well throughout the field, get forward and create scoring opportunities."
The D.C. U-16s then fell to Maryland powerhouse Pachuca FC
USA, 2-1, and Saprissa of Costa Rica, 3-1.