D.C. United Offense Carries Team Through to Finals Week
D.C. United saved its best for last on the final day of the Academy Playoffs, scoring a whopping four second-half goals against the Colorado Rush and advancing to Finals Week in Houston.
How they got to Finals Week: D.C. United put itself in good position to advance heading into the final day of competition at the Academy Playoffs. With a 3-1 win against Concorde Fire and a well-fought 1-1 draw against the LA Galaxy, D.C. United closed out the playoffs with a 4-2 win against the Colorado Rush.
Finals Week and Academy Playoffs History: This year marked the third consecutive trip to the playoffs for D.C. United. The club’s good run of form in the Playoffs saw the team through to its second trip to Finals Week. D.C. United last went to Finals Week in 2009-10.
2011-12 Regular Season: D.C. United was able to stave off four other teams gunning for the top spot in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Back-to-back wins to end the regular season with a 6-2-4 record was enough to ensure the team clinched first place in the division.
About head coach Thomas Torres : A longtime coaching veteran, Torres has spent the past 18 years coaching soccer in Virginia. He has coached Arlington Travel’s Elite level teams and has been involved with building one of the strongest high school soccer programs in Virginia as head coach of Westfield High School. Torres has spent the last two years as head coach of the Northern Virginia Royals USL PDL team. A soccer player growing up in the Washington, D.C., area, Torres won several youth state cups and accolades throughout high school. He graduated from Radford University where he played soccer.
About D.C. United: Created in 2007, D.C. United Academy alumni include Homegrown signings Andy Najar, Bill Hamid, Conor Shanosky and Ethan White. Both Najar and Hamid have become mainstays for D.C. United head coach Ben Olsen’s squad while White appeared in 24 matches for D.C. last season.
Scoring Leader in Academy Playoffs: Michael Seaton (2), Nigel Robinson (2), Jorge Calix (2)
Scoring Leader During 2011-12 Regular Season: Michael Seaton (12)
Inside the Numbers: During Mid-Atlantic Division play, D.C. United allowed only six goals in 12 games … The club posted a 0-3-0 record against the Finals Week field during the regular season – two losses to PA Classics and a loss against the New York Red Bulls.
Did you know … Former U.S. Men’s National Team midfielder and National Soccer Hall of Famer John Harkes’ son, Ian, plays for the D.C. United U-15/16 side … Former D.C. United and Bolivian international forward Jaime Moreno’s son James played the 2011-12 season with the D.C. United U-15/16 club … U-15/16 Academy player Cristhyan Najar is the younger brother of D.C. United midfielder Andy Najar.
U-15/16 D.C. United 2011-12 Finals Week Schedule:
Home team listed first
Tuesday, July 17: Crew Soccer Academy Wolves vs. D.C. United, 9 p.m. CT
Thursday, July 19: D.C. United vs. PA Classics, 8 p.m. CT
Saturday, July 21: D.C. United vs. St. Louis Scott Gallagher Missouri, 9 p.m. CT
Monday, July 23: TBD