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D.C. United to Hold Tryouts for Newly Formed U-12 Pre-Academy Team, as Well as for U-13s and U-15s

April 26, 2013 - Major League Soccer (MLS) - D.C. United News Release

Washington D.C. (April 26, 2013) - D.C. United today announced that it will be holding tryouts for its newly formed U-12 Pre-Academy side, as well as its U-13 and U-15 Pre-Academy teams. The U-12 squad will serve as a feeder system for the U-14, U-16 and U-18 Academy teams and will ultimately carve a path for players to become part of D.C. United's First Team. D.C. United's Pre-Academy system aims to provide its members with intensive, more frequent training sessions (3-4 times per week) with an added competitive element, while offering the opportunity for young players to connect with D.C. United's local professional team. The U-12s will compete in the Pre-Academy league, as well as local leagues, MLS events, elite tournaments and matches with affiliate clubs.

"While identifying players is a priority, it is only a small part of what we do," said D.C. United's Director of Youth Development Sonny Silooy. "The bigger part is to develop the identified talented players to reach the First Team. Our system has also proven that our Academy players will succeed in the next step of top-level colleges. Moving to the U-12 age group is the natural progression so that we can train and develop players for a longer period of time."

Tryout sessions for the U-12s, as well as the U-13 and U-15 Pre-Academy teams, will be held on May 29 and May 31 . Additional tryout dates will take place on June 7 and June 10, as needed.

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