Two ATP + Travel Players Join D.C. United U14 Squad
Owen Mitchell & Aaron James begin games this fall



Congratulations to longtime travel players Owen Marshall and Aaron James. The two Advanced Training Program participants were invited to join D.C. United’s U-14 Pre-Academy team and will start playing their first official matches with the prestigious program in the coming weeks.




U13/14 ATP Team Routs D.C. United Academy
Sound 4-1 victory at Jelleff Field May 12.

sona walla and D.C. United Academy coach Torres


Congratulations to our U13/14 Advanced Training Program (ATP) team, which soundly defeated the D.C. United U14 Pre-Development Academy 4-1 in a fast-paced, tightly controlled game at Jelleff Field on May 12. The match, one of several the ATP players will play against pre-academy lineups this spring, was organized and coached by ATP director Sona Walla


DC Stoddert' Soccer's combined U-13/14 Advanced Training Program roster soundly defeated the D.C. United U14 Pre-Development Academy 4-1 in a fast-paced game at Jelleff Field on May 12. The match, one of several our ATP players will face against pre-academy lineups this spring, was organized and coached by Sona Walla, Stoddert Travel's Boys Technical Director and director of ATP. ATP tryouts run through July 20.

We Got Game-Against D.C. United U18 Academy Team
Cheer our Advanced Training Program squad Sat., Oct. 24

Great soccer, up close and personal. Come cheer on the DC Stoddert Advanced Training Program squad as they take on the D.C. United U18 Academy team this Saturday, October 24, at 4:30 pm on Ft. Stevens field, 1327 Van Buren St. NW.

Former Eagles Player Soars to NCAA Div. 1 Championship
University of Virginia freshman Marcus Douglas talks to his former coach, ATP director Sona Walla, about college, soccer and life

 Marcus Douglas, who rose from the DC Stoddert Eagles to the D.C. United Academy, always aimed to play top-level soccer. The Gonzaga graduate and University of Virginia freshman did exactly that this winter, as the Cavaliers won the 2009 NCAA Division 1 men’s title.

Boys’ Technical Director Sona Walla caught up with his former player this January and talked with him about school, life and soccer. Read the full interview - and learn just how far soccer can take you!

 Coach Sona Walla, left, with his former player Marcus Douglas in January.




Former Eagles teammates Mikey Funes, Marcus Douglas and Hudson Batista with coach Sona Walls. All three competed on D.C. United’s youth squad. Marcus was recruited by the University of Virginia, where he is a freshman this fall. (Photo by Woody Landay)


A club endorsed, high-level supplemental training program directed by Boys’ Technical Director Sona Walla that is designed to detect, group, and train DC Stoddert’s most advanced players  to prepare them to integrate the highest levels of youth soccer both locally (D.C. United Youth Academy) and nationally (US Soccer Academy League). The program is available to players from the U-11 thru U-17 age groups. All interested players are welcome to try out--regardless of current level of play. Sessions start in mid-September.


The ATP is affiliated with the prestigious D.C. United Youth Academy that selects the Washington Metropolitan Area’s strongest youth talents to compete nationally in the US Soccer Development Academy League, the highest platform of youth soccer in the country.  A number of DC Stoddert players have been selected from the ATP to join D.C. United’s U-16 and U-18 Academy teams. Read about Mikey, Marcus and other DC Stoddert ATP stars here and here.

Our affiliation provides ATP players the following:
  • Direct exposure to the D.C. United Youth Academy coaches.
  • Opportunities to observe the D.C. United Youth Academy squad train.
  • Opportunities to train with the D.C. United Youth Academy squad as guest/tryout players in the appropriate age groups.
  • Opportunities to compete against the D.C. United Youth Academy squad via friendly matches in the appropriate age groups.
  • Opportunities to be ball boys at the D.C. United professional team matches.

ATP Schedule

The ATP Program runs concurrent with the spring and fall travel soccer seasons. It involves nine (9) sessions per season, including training sessions and a few games.

Please contact Boys Technical Director Sona Walla for more information and to sign up for tryouts, which begin in early September.

posted 9/10/09 by MCL

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