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The D.C. United Academy is the youth and development program for the Major League Soccer club D.C. United. The program consists of teams at four age levels:[1] 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).

D.C. United Academy
Full nameD.C. United Youth and Development Academy
GroundRFK Auxiliary Fields
Washington, D.C.
LeagueU.S. Soccer Development Academy
Northeast Pre-Academy League

The D.C. United Academy has been one of the most successful MLS academies.[2] Many players have been signed directly from the Academy to the professional team, or have later played professionally. Notable players to have graduated from the D.C United Academy include Bill Hamid, who has been called up by the U.S. national team and who was the MLS 2014 Goalkeeper of the Year, and Andy Najar, who has been capped for Honduras and who was the MLS 2010 Rookie of the Year.[3][4][5]


The D.C. United Academy was created in 2005 in an effort to provide local talent an opportunity to have professional training. D.C. United was one of the first MLS clubs to develop its own academy.[5] The DC United Academy gained some press in 2013 when DC United Academy graduate Michael Seaton made his league debut with DC United; Seaton was the first player to play an MLS game who was born after MLS began play in 1996.[6] D.C. United decided in 2015, however, to reduce its outlays on its academy in part to help defray the expenses associated with the team's new soccer-specific stadium.[7]


D.C. United Academy Structure
Level Type League
Senior team Professional Major League Soccer
Reserve team Professional USL Championship
U-23 Amateur Independent
U-18 Development Academy USSDA
U-16 Development Academy USSDA
U-15 Development Academy USSDA
U-14 Pre-Development Academy USSDA
U-13 Pre-Development Academy NE Pre-Academy League
U-12 Pre-Development Academy NE Pre-Academy League

Like most Major League Soccer teams, United's academy features youth pre-academy teams that ascend to the ranks of the senior team on the professional level. Starting in 2016, United will field their reserve team in the third-division United Soccer League. Beneath their reserve and senior squads is the under-23 side, whom play in the Premier Development League.

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

The teenage brackets represent the main academy as well as the pre-academy structure. Players from the under-15 to the under-18 age level play in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy league, playing against other academy teams around the nation. Unlike most soccer leagues in the U.S., the USSDA academy league runs on a winter-based schedule, with the season going from August until June.

Consisting of players aged from under-12 to under-14, the Pre-Academy is a stepping stone for younger players to adapt to an academy setting. This age group of players participates in Northeast Pre-Academy League.[8]

For players at the U-10 level and below, United offers speciality training camps.

D.C. United, unlike most other MLS team academies, charges fees for its players. Fees are $2,500 per year for the U-14 team, and $1,500 for the U-16 and U-18 teams, although available financial aid reduces these costs.[9] The fees defray costs such as travel, lodging, and uniforms.

Notable alumniEdit

Andy Najar, who transferred from DC United to Belgium's Anderlecht for a reported $2 million, was the first player from the DC United Academy — and first from any MLS academy — to move to Europe on a permanent contract.[10] The youngest DC United Academy signing is Chris Durkin, who signed for DC United in 2016 at 16 years old.[11] Furthermore, several DC United Academy players have played with U.S. national youth teams.[12]

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

Name Turned Pro Current Club National team*
Bill Hamid 2009   D.C. United   United States
Andy Najar 2010   Anderlecht[13]   Honduras
Conor Shanosky 2010   Richmond Kickers   United States U20
Ethan White 2010   New York City FC   United States U20
Michael Seaton 2013   Orange County SC   Jamaica
Collin Martin 2013   Minnesota United[14]   United States U20
Jalen Robinson 2014   D.C. United[15][16]   United States U20
Romain Gall 2014   Malmö FF   United States U20
Samir Badr   Bethlehem Steel FC   United States U20
Iyassu Bekele   FC Kaliakra Kavarna   Ethiopia
Tyler Rudy Retired
Travis Pittman   FC Wichita
Chris Durkin 2016   D.C. United[17]   United States U20
Ian Harkes 2017   Dundee United   United States U20
Jose Carranza 2017   Louisville City FC   United States U18
Eryk Williamson 2017   Portland Timbers   United States U18
Antonio Bustamante 2019   D.C. United
Donovan Pines 2019   D.C. United   United States U23
Griffin Yow 2019   D.C. United   United States U18
Moses Nyeman 2019   D.C. United   United States U16

Note: Where a player has played with multiple levels of a national team (e.g., men's team, under-20 team, under-18 team), only the highest level is listed.

Source: D.C. United

The AcademyEdit

U23 TeamEdit

U18/U19 TeamEdit

As of September 23, 2017 [18]

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

No. Position Player
00   GK Austin Chanock
0   GK Dane Jacomen
1   GK Quantrell Jones
2   DF Elian Nalerio
3   DF Chandler Vaughn
4   DF Michael Edwards
5   DF Jake Gusler
6   MF Alexis Cerritos
7   MF Andres Cabrera
8   FW Jonathan Godette
9   FW Kyle Davis
No. Position Player
10   MF Nelson Martinez
11   MF Everson Amaya
12   MF Alec Townsend
13   DF Allexon Saravia
14   DF Aldo Moreno
17   MF Daniel Nugent
18   FW Paul Bangura
19   MF Sandor Bustamante
24   MF Juan Benevides
25   DF Shany-Jo Kayo
27   MF Ethan Stewart

U16/17 TeamEdit

As of April 21, 2018 [19]

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

No. Position Player
30   GK Hayden Evans
31   GK Lorenzo Gordon
32   GK Mark Collins
33   MF Diego Lopez-Ramos
34   FW Augustus Sam
35   MF Maxwel De-Bodene
36   FW Paul Karch
37   DF Justus Akinlosotu
38   DF Bradley Paz
39   DF Ronald Ray
40   MF Daniel Miller
41   DF Jack Villatoro
42   FW Juan Torres
43   MF Iker Bustamante
44   MF Moses Nyeman
45   MF Maddux Reece
No. Position Player
46   MF David Hughes
47   FW Brennan Conger
48   MF Bryang Kayo
49   MF Pablo Peltier
50   FW Griffin Yow
51   MF Nick Andersen
52   MF Adam Hassan
53   MF Adrien Cushing
54   DF Michael Gaines
56   MF Will Burns
58   MF Omar Sene
59   MF Terrence Hibbler
61   MF Bredan Clark
62   MF Justin Evans
68   DF Nathan Hayes
69   FW Joaquin Juarez

U15 TeamEdit

As of April 21, 2018 [20]

U14 TeamEdit

As of April 21, 2018 [21]

U13 TeamEdit

As of April 21, 2018 [22]

U12 TeamEdit

As of April 21, 2018 [23]

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

No. Position Player
  FW Raul Avalos
30   MF Ada Karatepe
34   MF Lowen Jamison
60   GK Bradley Blake
61   GK Tyler Francis
63   DF Kaleb Simpson
64   MF Edwin Marquez
65   MF Ethan Pendleton
66   MF Matai Akinmboni
67   DF Dion Salihi
68   MF Leonardo Vasquez
69   MF Diego Vasquez
70   DF Braxton Hayes
71   FW Graham Jones
72   DF Orlando Cavaceppi-Dove
No. Position Player
73   MF Matthew Matos
74   MF Ifasen Kwame
75   MF Edwin Castillo
76   MF William Scott
77   MF Gavin Turner
78   FW Amare Smith
79   DF Nicholas Beil
80   MF Ivan Hughes
81   MF Barron Trump
82   MF Alonzo McDonald
83   MF Kemari Kerr
84   MF Erickson Paz
85   DF Carlos Perez
86   MF Alejandro Dubon

Coaching staffEdit

As of February 7, 2018 [24]
Position Staff
U-18/19 Head Coach Nate Kish
U-16/17 Head Coach   Ryan Martin
U-15 Head Coach   John Bello
U-14 Head Coach   Gus Teren
U-13 Head Coach   Dave Sanford
U-12 Head Coach Jason Boxx
U-11 Head Coach Ben Applefield


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.[25]



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
Joseph Ngwenya 4

See alsoEdit


  • Academy alumni sourced to: "Alumni & First Team Signings". D.C. United. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
  • Academy rosters sourced to: "Academy Teams". D.C. United. Retrieved 14 July 2011.
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  2. ^ "DC United Announces Residential Academy", Vavel, Liam McMahon, February 20, 2015.
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  4. ^ "Orlando City eager to build strong pipeline from developmental academy to MLS level", Orlando Sentinel, Paul Tenorio, July 4, 2015.
  5. ^ a b "D.C. United’s Homegrown talent leads the way in MLS awards",, Chris Teale, December 9, 2014.
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  8. ^ "U–11 & U–13 Training Program: About the Program". D.C. United. Archived from the original on 9 August 2011. Retrieved 15 July 2011.
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  11. ^ "Glen Allen native Chris Durkin signs with D.C. United", Richmond Times-Dispatch, June 14, 2016.
  12. ^ "D.C. United to play in U-13 Concacaf Champions League Tournament", Soccer America, Mike Woitalla, August 3, 2015.
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  15. ^ "Mount St. Joe grad Robinson leaves Wake, signs with D.C. United", Baltimore Sun, January 7, 2014.
  16. ^ "As a defender and student, D.C. United’s Jalen Robinson is on course", Washington Post, Steven Goff, June 30, 2016.
  17. ^ "Glen Allen teen signs homegrown deal with D.C. United",, Vernon Freemna Jr, June 14, 2016.
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  19. ^ "D.C. United U-16/U-17". U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
  20. ^ "D.C. United U-15". U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
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  22. ^ "D.C. United U-13". U.S. Soccer Development Academy. Retrieved April 21, 2018.
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