|Starting in 2021 we’ll be bringing you a new DMV Highlight series to help some of the top players in the DMV area share their highlights and possibly get a chance to further their playing careers past the high school or club level. The first player we’re covering is McLean U19 midfielder Azur Walla, a former 4 year member of the DC United Academy. Azur graduates this spring from The Field School and is looking to further his career to the highest level he possibly can after this spring.|
You can find his highlight tape at the bottom of the page!
My name is Azur Walla and I am an 18 year old senior in high school. I am of Cameroonian and Haitian roots and grew up in Maryland. My preferred positions are attacking or center midfield.
– DC United Academy (U13-17)
– McLean YS ECNL (U18-19) Ranked #20 in USA, #1 in VA
Aspirations for your soccer career:
I want to play professionally and compete at the highest level possible.
DOB: August 2002
A total of 28 players with local ties will be eligible for selection in this Thursday’s MLS SuperDraft with several projected as early picks. Of the 28 eligible players for selection, 4 of them have already signed professional contracts, congrats to Jake Dengler (Loudoun United FC), Daniel Steedman (Atlanta United II), Michael DeShields (NE Revs II) & Sean O’Hearn (NE Revs II). 2 of the players below have signed generation adidas contracts with Major League Soccer after standout early collegiate careers in Virginia, Bret Halsey (Loudoun SC) and Dani Pereira (VBR Star) will both be eligible for selection and will most likely be off the board in the 1st round tomorrow.
Below we’ll give you a brief background of all of those eligible for selection tomorrow and where you can keep up with the draft!
List of local players eligible for selection in the 2021 MLS SuperDraft
Elijah Amo (Bethesda SC —> Louisville): 54 games played (23 starts), 6 goals and 1 assist (2 GWG’s)
Jack Beer (Georgetown): 44 games played (3 starts), 4 goals and 4 assists (3 GWG’s), 2019 BIG EAST tournament Offensive MVP, 2019 National Champion.
Paul Bin (Maryland): 40 games played (19 starts), 4 goals and 3 assists, 2018 National Champion.
TJ Bush (SYA Strikers —> James Madison): 57 games played (56 starts), 49 GA (.84 GAA), 161 saves (.77 Save %), 23 shutouts. 2017: CAA All-Rookie team, 2018: All-ECAC team, 3rd Team All-Atlantic region, CAA All-Tournament team, 1st Team All-CAA, 2019: 1st Team All-CAA, CAA All Tournament team.
Nathaniel Crofts Jr. (Virginia): 64 games played (63 starts), 11 goals and 11 assists (6 GWG’s). 2018 National Finalist.
Jake Dengler (Pipeline SC/Baltimore Armour —> Loyola MD —> UConn —> Loudoun United FC)**: Jake has already signed as a pro, signing with Loudoun United FC in 2020.
Michael DeShields (Baltimore Celtic SC —> Wake Forest —> New England Revolution II)**: 60 games played (49 starts), 3 goals and 1 assist (2 GWG’s). 2017 ACC All-Tournament Team, 29 shutouts in 60 GP. Already signed to play for New England Revolutions 2nd team in 2021.
Ben DiRosa (Bethesda SC —> Maryland): 54 games played (44 starts), 2 goals and 2 assists. 2018 College Cup All-Tournament team, 2018 National Champion.
Matt DiRosa (Bethesda SC —> Maryland): 46 games played (36 starts), 1 goal and 3 assists. 2018 National Champion.
Derek Dodson (Georgetown): 65 games played (47 starts), 30 goals and 11 assists (10 GWG’s). 2017: All-Great Lakes Region 3rd team, BIG EAST Freshman of the Year, 2nd Team All BIG EAST, BIG EAST All Freshman team. 2018: 2nd Team All-East region, 1st Team All-BIG EAST. 2019: United Soccer Coaches All-American, 1st Team All-BIG EAST, BIG EAST All Tournament team. 2019 National Champion. 2020 Team captain for Georgetown.
Irakoze Donasiyano (Roanoke Star SC —> Virginia): 58 games played (49 starts), 5 goals and 8 assists (2 GWG’s). 2019 3rd Team All-ACC, 2019 National Finalist.
Avionne Flanagan (Baltimore Celtic SC/Baltimore Armour/DC United Academy —> South Florida): 48 games played (41 starts), 4 goals and 7 assists (2 GWG’s). 2018 2nd Team All-American Athletic, 2019 1st Team All-American Athletic.
Jake Gelnovatch (Richmond United —> Louisville): 54 games played (53 starts), 70 GA (1.27 GAA), 127 saves (65 Save %), 18 shutouts. 2018 ACC Championship All-Tournament Team.
Brandon Hackenberg (Richmond United —> Penn State): 45 games played (36 starts), 2 goals and contributed on 12 shutouts. 2019 1st Team All-Big Ten, 3rd Team All-North region.
Bret Halsey (Loudoun SC —> Virginia): 31 games played (31 starts), 1 goal and 2 assists. 2019 ACC All-Tournament team, 2020 ACC All-Tournament team. Signed as a member of the 2021 Generation Adidas class by MLS.
Rio Hope-Gund (Georgetown): 36 games played (24 starts) 2 goals and 2 assists, contributed on 21 shutouts. 2019 National Champion, named a team captain for 2020 Georgetown team with Sean Zawadski and Derek Dodson.
Tom Judge (James Madison): 56 games played (51 starts), 3 goals and 4 assists. 2017: 2nd Team All-CAA, CAA All-Rookie team. 2018: 3rd Team All-CAA. 2019: 1st Team All-Atlantic region & 1st Team All-CAA.
Eric Matzelevich (Bethesda SC/DC United Academy —> Maryland): 66 games played (27 starts), 10 goals and 6 assists. 2019 2nd Team All-Big Ten, 2018 National Champion.
Sean O’Hearn (Georgetown —> New England Revolution II)**: 62 games played (61 starts), 0 goals and 5 assists, contributed in 29 shuputs for the Hoyas. 2017 BIG EAST All-Freshman team, 2019 National Champion. Already signed pro with New England Revolutions 2nd team for the 2021 season.
Daniel Pereira (VBR Star —> Virginia Tech): 26 games played (26 starts), 6 goals and 6 assists (1 GWG). 2021 Generation Adidas class signee.
Will Pulisic (Richmond United —> Duke): 66 games played (65 starts), 1 assist, .84 GA (1.25 GAA), 200 saves (.7 Save %), 19 shutouts)
Paul Rothrock (Georgetown): Spent first 2 seasons at Notre Dame (13 GP), 24 Games played (13 starts) at Georgetown in 2019, 4 goals and 7 assists from outside back and a 2019 National Championship.
Colin Shutler (Loudoun SC —> Virginia): 45 games played (44 starts), 31 GA (.675 GAA), 129 saves (.81 Save %), 19 shutouts. 2019: National Finalist, NCAA College Cup All-Tournament Team, Consensus First Team All-American, 1st Team All-ACC.
Daniel Steedman (Virginia —> Atlanta United II)**: Signed as a pro with Atlanta United II after his rookie season with UVA, played in 13 games (2 starts) in the USL Championship. 2019 National Finalist with UVA.
Kristofer Strickler (Virginia Tech): 67 games played (64 starts), 27 goals and 9 assists (10 GWG’s). Joined the team as a walk-on, became team captain in 2019. 2nd Team All-ACC in 2018.
Mathijs Swaneveld (Virginia Tech): 45 games played (45 starts), 172 saves ).74 Save %), 1 GA (1.3 GAA), 10 shutouts. 3rd Team All-ACC in 2018.
Trey Vinson (DC United Academy —> UMBC): 58 games played (51 starts), 1 assist.
Chase Vosvick (Baltimore Armour —> Montverde Academy —> Loyola MD): 50 games played (50 starts), 1 assist, 52 GA (1.04 GAA), 139 saves (.72 Save %), 19 shutouts. 3x 1st Team All-Region, 2x Patriot League GK of the year, Patriot League Rookie of the Year, 2nd Team All Patriot League in 2019, First Team All Patriot League in 17-18, 6x Patriot League GK of the week, 3x Patriot League Rookie of the week
(All statistics and information on each player is current per their teams player stats online)
** 4 of the 27 eligible players have already signed professional contracts, Jake Dengler and Daniel Steedman both spent 2020 playing in the USL Championship for Loudoun United FC and Atlanta United II. 2020 grads Michael DeShields and Sean O’Hearn are both headed to New England Revolution II for the 2021 USL League One season after strong collegiate careers for Wake Forest and Georgetown.
Check out 2021 standout GK, Grant Farley’s 2019 highlight tape with the Baltimore Armour U19’s and the Gilman School. Farley is currently a junior in HS and is a 3 year varsity starter for the Gilman School, garnering First team All Conference honors all 3 seasons and making the MD All-State and All-Metro teams 2x each as well. If you want to get in contact with Farley, reach out to DMVFutbol@Gmail.com for more info!
The 2020 MLS SuperDraft kicks off tomorrow at 12 PM, and over 20+ local players are eligible for selection from the 26 Major League Soccer franchises. Below is a short look at each player eligible for selection in the draft. (You can watch live on Youtube, Facebook, Twitter and on the ESPN App.)
DMV Players eligible for selection:
Ifunanyachi Achara x Georgetown University
Career stats: 55 Games played (45 starts), 21 goals and 7 assists
Robin Afamefuna x University of Virginia
Career stats: 77 Games played (69 starts), 4 goals and 3 assists (6,420 minutes played)
Jon Bell x University of Maryland Baltimore County
Career stats: 56 Games played (53 starts), 1 goal and 8 assists
Johannes Bergmann x University of Maryland (3 years played)
Career stats: 63 Games played (61 starts), 2 goals and 4 assists (5,769 minutes played)
Eli Crognale x University of Maryland (3 years played)
Career stats: 49 Games played (39 starts), 4 goals and 9 assists (3,490 minutes played)
Daniel Damiani x George Mason University ’18-’19 x Virginia Tech ’16-’17
GMU stats: 32 Games played (32 starts), 3 goals and 2 assists
VT stats: 22 Games played (4 starts) 2 assists
Daryl Dike (Generation Adidas signee) x University of Virginia (2 years played)
Career stats: 36 Games played (35 starts), 15 goals and 9 assists (2,646 minutes played)
Josh Fawole x Loyola University MD
Career stats: 68 Games played (47 starts), 20 goals and 10 assists (4,068 minutes played)
Manuel Ferriol x James Madison University
Career stats: 60 Games played (46 starts), 30 goals and 10 assists
Andres Gomez x Howard University
Career stats: 55 Games played (45 starts), 16 goals and 4 assists
James Kasak x Virginia Tech
Career stats: 75 Games played (44 starts), 6 goals and 13 assists
Henry Kessler (Generation Adidas signee) x University of Virginia (3 years played)
Career stats: 52 Games played (41 starts), 1 goal and 4,073 minutes played
Justin Lobe x Yale University
Career stats: 59 Games played (55 starts), 1 goal and 3 assists
Will Mejia x Virginia Tech
Career stats: 65 Games played (63 starts) 1 goal scored
Keegan Meyer x High Point University
Career stats: 74 Games played (74 starts), 27 shutouts (Program leader All-Time)
Fortia Munts x Virginia Commonwealth University
Career stats: 75 Games played (51 starts), 4 goals and 11 assists
Dylan Nealis (Senior MLS signee) x Georgetown University
Career stats: 78 Games played (76 starts), 7 goals and 14 assists
Sergi Nus x Duke University (’19) x University of Virginia (’16-’17)
Duke stats: 11 Games played (9 starts) 840 minutes played
Virginia stats: 41 Games played (41 starts) 9 goals and 1 assist, 3,928 minutes played
Brian Saramago x Loyola University MD
Career stats: 68 Games played (62 starts), 34 goals and 23 assists (4,726 minutes played)
Barry Sharifi x Loyola University MD
Career stats: 71 Games played (67 starts), 19 goals and 19 assists (5,176 minutes played)
Ryo Shimazaki x Virginia Commonwealth University
Career stats: 69 games played (56 starts), 7 goals and 6 assists
Brandon Williamson x Duke University
Career stats: 70 games played (64 starts), 4 goals and 7 assists (5,995 minutes played)
Pipeline SC – U13B, U14G & U17G (3/3 Advance)
The U13B (06’s) have advanced to the National Championship today (Livestream below) at 6:30 PM EST after winning their group at Nationals with a perfect 3-0 record! PSC grabbed 1-0 wins on all 3 matchdays against Rebels SC (California South), FC Dallas (Texas North) and Michigan Jaguars (MI), respectively.
U13B goals have come from: Anthony Topolski (GWG #1) and Christian Rugel Jr (GWG #2 & #3).
The Pipeline U14G’s topped their group with a 2-0-1 record, going unbeaten against TFS Elite (South Ohio 5-0 W), Snohomish United (Washington 1-0 W) and Lou Fusz Geerling (Missouri 0-0 T). The 05’s advance to the semifinals on Saturday (27th) morning at 7 AM against the 2nd placed finisher in Group A, D’Feeters (North Texas).
U14G goals have come from: Payton Schenning (3x), Syney Feiler, Tenayie Jakovics and Hannah Jibril.
The U17 girls complete the perfect trio of Pipeline teams advancing from the group stages, with a 2nd place finish in Group A confirming their spot in the semifinals on Saturday at 9 AM. The 02’s advance after grabbing wins over HMMS Eagles (5-1) and National Union (2-1), sandwiched between a 6-2 loss to Cleveland FC.
U17G goals have come from: Baylee DeSmit (5x, Golden Boot), Laney Cornelius (3x Bronze Boot) and Palina Jordan.
Baltimore Celtic SC – U16B, U17B, U19B (2/3 Advance)
The Celtic 03’s U16B team finished off their 2018-19 season with a 0-2-1 record at the National Championships after a strong year in which the team went 45-6-4, winning a USYS National League title and finishing as State Cup and Regional Finalists. The team lost to Syracuse DA 1-0 and SLSG (Missouri) 2-1, before finishing off with a 2-2 tie vs FC Dallas Premier.
U16B goals came from: Vincent Danielson, Miles Lam and Lawrence Aydlett Jr.
The Celtic 02’s advance to Saturday’s National Semifinals at 9 AM against defending National Champions, Arlington SA, after finishing 2nd in Group A with a 2-1 record in group play. The 17’s lost on Day 1 to Solar SC (North Texas 2-3), before coming back with wins against Coral Estates (Florida 5-0) and Washington Premier (2-0).
U17B goals came from: Spencer Hanks (4x Golden Boot), Alexander Krause 2x (Bronze Boot), Torren Aikens, Alexander Crabbs and an OG.
The Celtic 2000’s are still alive in their pursuit of a 3rd straight USYS National Championship, after a 2nd place finish in Group B, behind Lehigh Valley United. Celtic picked up 3-0 and 4-0 wins against Kingdom SC (Michigan) and FC Golden State (South California), between a 2-0 loss to LVU. Celtic will face off against FC Dallas at 9 AM on Saturday in the semifinals.
U19B goals came from: Ben Stitz 3x, Anthony Dragisics 2x, Cole Hendricks and Jayson Butler.
Arlington SA 02 Red – U17B (Advanced)
The Arlington 02’s claimed 3 results in 3 days to top their group and head into an all DMV semi final against Baltimore Celtic (9:00 AM EST), for a chance to defend their 2018 U16 National Title. After a Day 1 tie with the Michigan Jaguars (1-1), ASA shutout OKC Energy FC (3-0) and Santa Clara Sporting (1-0).
U17 ASA goals came from: Joseph Core 3x, Kyle Burbage and Jose Alvarado.
Premier SC 01 Navy – U18G (Advanced)
Premier Navy’s 01’s advance to the National Semifinals at 7 AM EST on Saturday against Celtic FC of Utah after a 1-1-1 record earned them 2nd place in Group B! PSC tied La Roca (Utah) 2-2, lost to TFA Elite (South Ohio) 3-1 and beat National Union (Michigan) 1-0.
U18 PSC goals came from: Madison Carr 2x, Phoebe Canoles, Toni Flocco-Mizer
McLean YS Hotspur 00/01 – U19B (1-1-1) 3rd place
The McLean Hotspur’s narrowly missed on out a spot in the National Semifinals on Goal Difference after tying Lower Merion SC 2-2 today and finishing the group stages with 1 more goal conceded than them. McLean started off on Day 1 with a 1-0 win over Ohio Premier before losing to FC Dallas on Day 2.
MYS goals came from: Jared DuBose 2x and Daniel Diaz-Bonilla
OBGC Rangers 01 Blue – U18B (0-2-1) 4th place
The OBGC Rangers close out a successful year with a 0-2-1 finish at nationals. The Rangers opened up on Matchday 1 with a 1-1 tie against the Michigan Wolves before losing 4-1 to PPA KSA (Georgia) and 1-0 against FC Dallas (North Texas). The Rangers close out the 2018-19 season with their 3rd straight MD State Cup title and a National League Title, which qualified them for the National Championships!
U18 OBGC goals came from: Eric Moreno and Samuel Wells
Link to full schedules, results and goalscorers: http://tournaments.usyouthsoccer.org/events/2019-National-Championships/