D.C. United And Colorado Rapids Sign Academy Players

Both D.C. United and the Colorado Rapids announced the signing of an academy player today.

D.C. added 18-year-old Conor Shanosky to a growing contingent of promoted academy players including Andy Najar and Bill Hamid. Shanosky will train with the first team, but cannot make his MLS debut until the 2011 season.

“We are pleased to have signed Conor as our third homegrown Academy player,” said United general manager Dave Kasper. “Conor has made tremendous strides in the past year both with D.C. United, and with his recent play with the U.S. U-20 national team. He is tactically a very astute player, is excellent technically, and he is extremely committed and dedicated to becoming a successful professional. We look forward to his long-term future with our club.”

Also 18 and a midfielder, Davy Armstrong is the Rapids' first homegrown player.

“At 18-years of age, Davy has already proved after training with our first team for a number of weeks this summer that he not only has the physical qualities that will certainly lend itself to progression and development in MLS, but technically he is also very proficient,” said Colorado head coach Gary Smith. “More importantly, for a young player he has an outstanding attitude and mental focus to get the job done. I believe now that we have Davy in this environment full-time, we will see a much more polished and professional player ready for the first team.”

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