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Herford and Gracia Selected To D.C. United Super-20 Team

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Frostburg State University soccer players Jay Herford (Crofton, Md./South River) and Adam Graica (Rockville, Md./Thomas Wootton) have been selected to the D.C. United Super-20 team. Both Herford and Gracia are rising juniors for FSU.

Gracia is a two-time all-conference selection at left back while Herford is the projected starter in goal for the Bobcats for the upcoming 2007 season. Herford has spent the last two seasons backing up Derek Richardson, who was Division I transfer from Mt. St. Mary’s. When called upon last season, Herford came through with two crucial wins including a first round playoff win and was rewarded by being selected as the ECAC goalkeeper of the week.

The USL Super-20 League is the only U20 men’s amateur league in North America. Created in 2006, the league provides the opportunity for the top 17-20 year olds to compete in high-level competition, as well as affords the opportunity to establish a reserve team system for the Premier Development League.

The league has teams representing all levels of US and Canadian soccer from elite youth clubs to first division professional teams in the US and Canada. Teams such as Ironbound SC (Super Y-League), Brooklyn Knights (Premier Development League), Cleveland Internationals (W-League), Harrisburg City Islanders (USL Second Division), Toronto Lynx (USL First Division) and Red Bull NY (MLS) will be fielding USL Super-20 League teams.

Director of Soccer and Youth Development Systems Giovanni Savarese, a former USL and MLS star says. "This will also provide the club with opportunities to further develop a larger pool of players within the club that also play within the collegiate ranks, so we can monitor and prepare their development for higher levels of the game."

The league was designed to cater to the top of the youth ranks in the US and Canada for players aspiring to play professionally and to serve as a reserve division for USL’s Premier Development League, who have increasingly taken youth development of this age range under their auspices the past few years on a smaller scale. PDL teams will now be able to add USL Super-20 teams to expand their development goals as well as their player pool for the senior team.

"This will deepen the player pool from our PDL perspective, and we will be able to work with the college players more to provide them opportunities," said Jim Vogt, Director of Operations for the SYL founding member Brooklyn Knights and President of the Met Oval Foundation. "This will help the colleges improve their players, while simultaneously strengthening the USL system."

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780