Michael Seaton, D.C. United's homegrown forward, has been named by Jamaica to their squad for Concacaf's qualifying tournament for the U-20 World Cup. The tournament will be held in Jamaica, whose Group A will also contain Trinidad & Tobago, Aruba, Panama, USA and Guatemala. The tournament will run from January 9 to January 24, meaning that Seaton will likely miss very little or none of D.C. United's preseason training camp, which looks to be opening in late January.
Getting players more real training and real game time this offseason is particularly beneficial due to the fact that United has a competitive game before that start of the MLS season, in the time frame that the team has traditionally been winning the Carolina Challenge Cup. With Seaton joining his U-20 national team and Perry Kitchen, Bill Hamid, and Steve Birnbaum all potentially going to the US men's national team's January camp, some key pieces for United should hopefully already be sharp coming into camp.