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14 D.C. United Academy Players Announce Intentions to Play at 10 Division I Programs

February 6, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) D.C. United

Washington, D.C. (February 6, 2013) - The D.C. United Academy today announced that 14 of its U-18 players have committed to play soccer at 10 different universities for the 2013 fall season. Six of the 14 players signed with programs finishing the 2012 season ranked in the top 25, including the University of Maryland, Coastal Carolina University and Wake Forest University.

"We're proud of the college commitments our Academy players have made for the 2013 fall season," said D.C. United Director of Youth Development Sonny Silooy. "The chance to play at the collegiate level is a great achievement, and we're confident that each of them will make their mark at their respective universities."

The following players today announced their official university commitments:

Carlos Canas - Longwood University

Date of birth: March 26, 1995

Hometown: Fairfax, Va.

Position: Goalkeeper

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Calverton Revolution

Honors/awards: Second Team All-Region; Honorable Mention All-Metro; Three-Time All-District

Suliaman Dainkeh - University of Maryland

Date of birth: June 1, 1995

Hometown: Reston, Va.

Position: Defender

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Reston Knights FC

Honors/awards: 2012 NSCAA Youth Boys All-American; 2012 U.S. U-18 Men's National Team training camp.

James Doll - Duke University

Date of birth: March 2, 1995

Hometown: Bethesda, Md.

Position: Midfielder

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Pachuca FC

Honors/awards: U.S. U-14 National Team pool; Region I Maryland ODP.

Lars Eckenrode - University of Michigan

Date of birth: March 24, 1995

Hometown: Springfield, Va.

Position: Defender

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Annandale United FC

Honors/awards: Two-time Virginia State champion; Team Player of the Tournament for AEGON Future Cup

Rafael Fagundo - Wake Forest University

Date of birth: February 5, 1995

Hometown: Herndon, Va.

Position: Defender

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Herndon Real Juniors

Honors/awards: 2011 Virginia Independent School Athletic Association D1 All-State Soccer First Team; 2011 Washington Catholic Athletic Conference Second Team; 2011 ESPN High School Greater D.C. Starting XI.

Patrick Foss - University of Virginia

Date of birth: October 2, 1994

Hometown: South Riding, Va.

Position: Defender

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Herndon Real Juniors

Honors/awards: 2012 USSDA U-18 Eastern Conference Starting XI; 2010-11 U.S. U-17 Residency; AEGON Future Cup Golden Boot; Four-year Virginia ODP player.

Benjamin Ferrell - Longwood University

Date of birth: October 9, 1994

Hometown: Fairfax Station, Va.

Position: Defender

Tenure at D.C. United: One year

Previous youth clubs: Annandale Boys and Girls Club

Honors/awards: First Team All-Concorde District; Second Team All-Northern Region

Ian Harkes - Wake Forest University

Date of birth: March 30, 1995

Hometown: Fairfax, Va.

Position: Midfielder

Tenure at D.C. United: One year

Previous youth clubs: Herndon Real Juniors; Great Fall Strikers; Braddock Road Strikers

Honors/awards: 2012 NSCAA High School All-American; 2011 and 2012 All-Metro First Team; 2011 D.C. Gatorade Player of the Year.

Braden Horton - University of Pittsburgh

Date of birth: March 28, 1995

Hometown: Springfield, Va.

Position: Goalkeeper

Tenure at D.C. United: One year

Previous youth clubs: McLean Academy; SYC Fusion; Reston Knights FC; Annandale Boys and Girls Club

Honors/awards: 2011-12 All-Patriot-District First Team, 2011-12 Northern Region Second Team, All-Metro; Maryland ODP; ESPN RISE Class of 2013 Players to Watch.

Christian Kershaw - Loyola University Maryland

Date of birth: January 22, 1995

Hometown: Severna Park, Md.

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Baltimore Bays

Honors/awards: Two-time USYSA Maryland State Champion; 2011 High School State Champion (DeMatha High School).

Kennedy O'Shea - Coastal Carolina University

Date of birth: March 31, 1995

Hometown: South Riding, Va.

Position: Forward

Tenure at D.C. United: Five years

Previous youth clubs: Reston Knights FC; Herndon Real Juniors

Honors/awards: U.S. U-14 National Team pool; Washington Catholic Athletic Conference All-Conference Second Team; Second Team All-State (Virginia); MVP of Paul VI Virginia State Championship.

Michael Sauers - University of Maryland

Date of birth: May 19, 1995

Hometown: Glen Arm, Md.

Position: Midfielder

Tenure at D.C. United: Two years

Previous youth clubs: Baltimore Bays; Bethesda Soccer Club; Crystal Palace Soccer Club

Honors/awards: 2012 NSCAA High School All-American; 2012 All-State, 2012 All-Region; 2012 All-Metro, 2012 All-MIAA honors; 2011 Second Team All-State; 2011 All-Metro; 2011 All-MIAA.

David Warburton - Loyola University Maryland

Date of birth: September 16, 1994

Hometown: Westminster, Md.

Position: Defender

Tenure at D.C. United: Two years

Previous youth clubs: FC Frederick; C.C. United

Honors/awards: 2011 ASL All-Event Team, Maryland ODP

Abdi Yusuf - University of Central Florida

Date of birth: January 29, 1995

Hometown: Herndon, Va.

Position: Defender/Midfielder

Tenure at D.C. United: Three years

Previous youth clubs: Reston Knights FC; Herndon Real Juniors

Honors/awards: U-14 U.S. National Team pool; Region I ODP Virginia State Champion; State Cup (2009, 2010).

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