D.C. United Academy

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-17, U-16, and U-15).

D.C. United Academy
Full nameD.C. United Youth and Development Academy
GroundRFK Auxiliary Fields
Washington, D.C.
LeagueMLS Next
WebsiteClub website

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 D.C. United Academy gained some press in 2013 when D.C. United Academy graduate Michael Seaton made his league debut with D.C. 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-17 Development Academy MLS Next
U-16 Development Academy
U-15 Development Academy

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 second-division USL Championship. Beneath their reserve and senior squads is the under-23 side, whom play exhibition matches.

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 MLS Next, playing against other academy teams around the nation. Formerly, the academy played in the USSDA.

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 specialty training camps.

D.C. United Academy is fully funded and does not charge any fees for its players.[9]

Notable alumniEdit

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

MLS playersEdit

The following list includes players who, after leaving the D.C. United Academy, have played at least one match in Major League Soccer.

D.C. Academy prospects who played in MLS
Name Turned Pro DCU apps Left DCU Departure National team (caps)
Bill Hamid 2009 240   United States (7)
Andy Najar 2010 100 2013 $3 million transfer to Anderlecht (Belgium).[13]   Honduras (36)
Conor Shanosky 2010 5 2014 Released. Signed with Louisville City FC.   United States U20
Ethan White 2010 38 2013 Traded to Philadelphia for Jeff Parke.   United States U20
Michael Seaton 2013 5 2015 Traded to Portland.   Jamaica (14)
Collin Martin 2013 15 2016 Traded to Minnesota for 4th round draft pick.   United States U20
Jalen Robinson 2014 26 2019 Contract ended.   United States U18
Romain Gall 2014 0 2010 Moved to Real Salt Lake academy.   United States U20
Tyler Rudy 2015 0 2011 Played college soccer for Georgetown.
Chris Durkin 2016 36 2020 $1.1 million transfer to Sint-Truiden (Belgium).   United States U20
Ian Harkes 2017 33 2018 Released. Signed with Dundee (Scotland).   United States U20
Eryk Williamson 2017 0 2018 Traded to Portland Timbers.   United States U23
Antonio Bustamante 2019 2 2019 Released. Signed with Blooming (Bolivia).   Bolivia (2)
Donovan Pines 2019 44   United States (1)
Griffin Yow 2019 25   United States U18
Moses Nyeman 2019 30   United States U16
Kevin Paredes 2020 41   United States U16
Jacob Greene 2021 0


  • D.C. United appearances updated as of November 29, 2020.
  • 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 [14]

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

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

U16/17 TeamEdit

As of April 21, 2018 [15]

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

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

U12 TeamEdit

As of April 21, 2018 [16]

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

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

Coaching staffEdit

As of February 7, 2018 [17]
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.[18]



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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