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D.C. United Academy
Full name D.C. United Academy
Founded 2005
Stadium Segra Field
League MLS Next

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: the under-23 and under-20 teams, as well as the Academy (U-17, U-16, and U-15).

The D.C. United Academy has been one of the most successful MLS academies. 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.


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. 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. 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.


D.C. United Academy Structure
Level Type League
Senior team Professional Major League Soccer
Reserve team Professional USL Championship
U-19 Academy UPSL
U-17 MLS Next

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.

DCU Academy v Triangle FC 2006
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.

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.

Notable alumni

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. The youngest D.C. United Academy signing is Chris Durkin, who signed for D.C. United in 2016 at 16 years old. Furthermore, several D.C. United Academy players have played with U.S. national youth teams.

MLS players

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).  Honduras (36)
Conor Shanosky 2010 5 2014 Released. Signed with Louisville City FC. United States United States U20
Ethan White 2010 38 2013 Traded to Philadelphia for Jeff Parke. United States 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 United States U20
Jalen Robinson 2014 26 2019 Contract ended. United States United States U18
Romain Gall 2014 0 2010 Moved to Real Salt Lake academy. United States 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 United States U20
Ian Harkes 2017 33 2018 Released. Signed with Dundee (Scotland). United States United States U20
Eryk Williamson 2017 0 2018 Traded to Portland Timbers. United States United States U23
Antonio Bustamante 2019 2 2019 Released. Signed with Blooming (Bolivia).  Bolivia (2)
Donovan Pines 2019 64  United States (2)
Griffin Yow 2019 36 2022 $100,000 Transfer to K.V.C. Westerlo (Belgium) United States United States U18
Moses Nyeman 2019 32 2022 $350,000 transfer to S.K. Beveren (Belgium) United States United States U16
Kevin Paredes 2020 41 2022 $7.35 million transfer to VfL Wolfsburg (Germany) United States United States U20
Jacob Greene 2021 16 United States United States U20
Jeremy Garay 2021 1 El Salvador El Salvador (1)
Ted Ku-DiPietro 2022 39 United States United States U17
Jackson Hopkins 2022 34 United States United States U20
Matai Akinmboni 2022 7 United States United States U17


  • 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 Academy

U16/U17 Team

No. Position Player
United States GK Jason Guevara
United States GK Luke Peacock
United States GK Ethan Talapatra
El Salvador DF Alexander Aguilar
United States DF Gleb Bogdanov
United States DF Gustavo Borges
United States DF Alexis Gonzales
United States DF Greg Jones
United States DF Dash Papez
El Salvador DF Diego Vasquez
No. Position Player
El Salvador MF Jonathan Aguirre
El Salvador MF Christopher Argueta
United States MF David Ayala
United States MF Isaiah Chisolm
United States MF Diego Diaz
Nicaragua MF Luciano Lanzas
United States MF Nelson Hernandez
Honduras MF Alessandro Maldonado
United States MF Justin Melly
United States MF Ethan Pendleton
United States MF Gavin Turner
United States MF Gary Zhang
No. Position Player
United States FW Ignacio Alem
United States FW Sydney Aggrey
United States FW James Ashby
Honduras FW Noel Calix Ortiz
Peru FW Gabriel Cossio
United States FW Wilson Holman
United States FW Gage Lyons
Tunisia FW Teymour Mohammed
United States FW Hugo Portillo

U15 Team

No. Position Player
United States GK Jason Guevara
United States GK Owen Pschigoda
United States GK Cameron Marbray
United States DF Michael Bosley
United States DF Myles Mercer
United States DF Kemari Kerr
United States MF Ayaan Ali
United States MF Emidio Castro-Valdez
United States MF John Chisholm
United States MF Ejani Christian
United States MF Neil Das
United States MF Kevin Diaz-Blanco
No. Position Player
United States MF Braxton Hayes
United States MF Brice Hall
United States MF Jimmy Juarez
United States MF Jerry Lopez Felix
United States MF Ada Karatepe
Peru MF Jason Molina
United States MF Damilola Olupona
El Salvador MF Diego Torres
United States MF Makai Wells
United States MF Aiden Zarate
El Salvador FW Raul Avalos
United States FW Langston Fabiyi
United States FW Haadi Khalid
No. Position Player
El Salvador German Argueta
United States Jerry Boasmanboon
United States Julian Dix
United States Alan Flores
Guatemala Gabriel Fuentes
United States Brown Huffard
Poland Jakub Porada

U14 Team

No. Position Player
United States Anthony Applewhaite
United States Mayson Barillas
United States Braydon Bloom
United States Jeffrey Bonilla
United States Austin Brown
Dominican Republic Kamil Castillo
United States Pascal Crosley
United States Juani Cuneo
United States MJ Day
United States Nate Free
No. Position Player
United States Chase Gould
United States Luca Nicolacci
United States Marco Nicolacci
United States Edwin Ortiz
United States Dominick Pell
United States Mateo Pinto
United States Valentino Quaranta
Puerto Rico Edwin "SJ" Rios Jr.
United States Austin Roberts
United States Siji Sowemimo
United States Brayden Stevens

Coaching staff

Position Staff
U-19 Head Coach The Gambia Mattar M'Boge
U-17 Head Coach United States Phil Gordon
U-15 Head Coach Bolivia Marco Etcheverry
U-14 Head Coach Cameroon Phil Nana


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.


  • MLS Reserve Division: 1
    • 2005


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 also

  • D.C. United
  • D.C. United U-23
  • D.C. United U-20
  • U.S. Soccer Development Academy
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