Flown The Nest: United Academy Alumni News and Notes

Dennis Grombkowski

Spring season wraps up for NCAA soccer teams across the country, featuring a number of former D.C. United academy standouts.

The start of summer means the end of spring fixtures for many NCAA teams across the country, featuring some former Black-and-Red academy players on their rosters.

United States Under-20s begin Dallas Cup with two wins

The United States are currently playing in the Dallas Cup, one of the premier youth soccer tournaments in the world, with their Under-20 side featuring former Black-and-Red academy player Sulianman Dainkeh. Playing in the Men's Under-19 Super Group, the Young Yanks opened their campaign on Sunday, April 13 with a 3-2 win over River Plate of Argentina before taking a 3-0 win over German side Eintracht Frankfurt the following day. Their final group game follows on Wednesday at 7.30 p.m. against Tigres of Mexico at the Cotton Bowl stadium. The tournament's semifinals follow on Friday, with the final then being held on Sunday.

Duke overcome American at Reeves Field

Saturday April 12 saw the collision of two former United academy players as American University welcomed Duke for a spring fixture at Reeves Field in Northwest Washington. In the midfield for the Blue Devils was Nat Eggleston, a junior midfielder originally from Chevy Chase, Md. with plenty of supporters in attendance on what was a sunny and warm day. Meanwhile, American had former Black-and-Red academy graduate Jordan Manley of Columbia, Md. in their backline for the game. Duke largely dominated proceedings to take a 3-0 win, with both players seeing significant minutes in what is one of their final spring games of the 2013-14 season.

Georgetown conclude successful spring with Delaware victory

After a spring campaign that has seen them enjoy regular wins despite their schedule being affected at times by the weather, Georgetown made sure it was a successful conclusion to their exhibition slate with a 1-0 win away to Delaware on April 13. Containing former United academy player Tyler Rudy, the Hoyas can now reflect on an encouraging 2013-14 season and a number of handy victories this spring.

Maryland lose to UMBC in second annual "Kicks for Chase" spring game

An away journey beckoned for Maryland and former United academy players Mikias Eticha, Cody Neidermeier and Michael Sauers as they travelled to Baltimore to face UMBC in the second "Kicks for Chase" spring game. Raising money to benefit children born with Down Syndrome, the game is held in memory of Chase Bugarin, son of former UMBC soccer player Bryan Bugarin. Donations were taken at the game for The Arc Foundation of Harford County, with the hosts running out 2-1 winners thanks to goals from Geaton Caltabiano and Michael Scott.

Virginia and VCU split spring doubleheader 1-1

In their only home spring fixtures of 2014, Virginia welcomed local rivals VCU to Klockner Field for a pair of split-squad games on April 12. With the Cavaliers featuring former Black-and-Red academy players Patrick Foss, Marcus Salandy-Defour and Sean Murnane, the hosts went down 1-0 in the opener before coming back to take a 2-0 win in the second.

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