D.C. United Academy concludes 2014-2015 season
Washington, D.C. (Via D.C. United) – The D.C. United Academy concluded its 2014-15 season in Westfield, Ind., with the Under-18 team competing in the playoff competition and the Under-16 and Under-14 teams participating in a showcase event. All of the Academy groups played in three matches at the Grand Park Sports Campus against other U.S. Soccer Development Academy teams from across North America.
The U-18 team put together a string of performances to go unbeaten in the group stage of the playoffs. The Black-and-Red tied all three games, including a 1-1 draw with fellow MLS academy side Vancouver. Despite going unbeaten, the U-18 team did not advance out of the group, with Shattuck-Saint Mary’s of Minnesota proceeding on to the quarterfinals based on overall points. The United U-18s ended the season with an 18-6-5 record, scoring 86 goals and conceding 43.
D.C. United’s Under-15 team also competed in postseason playoffs. After defeating Bethesda-Olney in the quarterfinals, 3-1, the U-15s fell to the Player’s Development Academy (PDA), 1-0, in the semifinal.
U-18 Group Stage Results
|June 23||Oakwood SC||2-2|
|June 24||Shattuck-Saint Mary’s||2-2|
|June 26||Vancouver Whitecaps||1-1|
“While it stung a bit to miss advancing to the next round, we were proud that the players had an excellent performance in the playoffs,” said U-18 Head Coach Tom Torres. “Overall, the boys represented the club with quality, stylish play, competitive grit and character. Their commitment and sacrifice throughout the entire ten-month season should be commended.”
U-16 Showcase Results
|June 22||Sporting Kansas City||4-2|
|June 23||Colorado Rapids||2-2|
|June 25||Texas Rush||4-1|
“The group ended the year with three great performances,” said U-16 Head Coach Jonathan Frias. “We were proud with the way the boys played, and they were rewarded with an undefeated showing at this year’s event.”
U-14 Showcase Results
|June 19||Toronto FC||0-2|
|June 20||Crossfire Premier||4-2|
|June 22||Seattle Sounders||1-3|
“The U-14 team played well in all three matches, with their best performance coming in the final game versus Seattle,” said U-14 Head Coach and Academy Director Nolan Sheldon. “Despite losing the match, the boys had a high-level performance and showcased the individual and collective quality within the team.”
U-15 Playoff Results
|June 21||Third-place Match||Oakwood SC||1-2|
“Overall, it was a solid spring for the boys,” said U-15 Head Coach Tom Torres. “They had a lot of positive moments on the field and competed well in every training session. We were happy with their development as a team and as individual players. We look forward to seeing the continued progression of many of the players at the next age group.”