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D.C. United signs local player Conor Shanosky

Conor Shanosky, an 18-year-old defensive midfielder from Northern Virginia who rose through D.C. United's youth program before committing to George Mason University, has signed with the MLS club, the Insider has learned. Both United and George Mason are expected to make formal announcements next week.

Shanosky, who graduated from Potomac Falls High School in Loudoun County this year, recently returned from U.S. under-20 national team duty in Northern Ireland, where he started twice and entered as a reserve once during the Americans' Milk Cup championship.

United signed him to an MLS homegrown contract, which affords clubs the opportunity to retain players who they develop in their youth system. Shanosky, who is 6 feet 4 and 185 pounds, is the third D.C. player to sign under the year-old rule, joining goalkeeper Bill Hamid and midfielder Andy Najar. Although he will not be eligible to appear in MLS matches until next year, Shanosky he could play in nonleague games (U.S. Open Cup and any scrimmages or friendlies). Shanosky will not be eligible to play in any official matches until next year.

By signing a pro contract, Shanosky forgoes his college eligibility. He would have featured prominently for the Patriots, who are picked to finish third in the Colonial Athletic Association. NCAA teams open training camp next week.

By Steve Goff  |  August 13, 2010; 2:24 PM ET
Categories:  College Soccer , D.C. United  | Tags: D.C. United  
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Comments

Interesting move and I'll look forward to it. The timing seems curious for Shanosky, given the start of the college season.

Posted by: cray | August 13, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

sounds to me like attending the academy games would be a lot better than attending dcu's mls matches.

Posted by: troy6 | August 13, 2010 2:41 PM | Report abuse

Apparently Omar Bravo, who's not a product of Kansas City's youth academy, is still headed to KC but not til next season:

http://www.socceramerica.com/article/39274/mexico-star-striker-bravo-headed-to-kansas-city.html

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 13, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

Why not play for Mason and then sign with DCU? Will he be playing any competative matches until suiting up next year? Sounds like a good signing though.

Posted by: tcbannon | August 13, 2010 3:01 PM | Report abuse

Seems like we are seeing more and more of this -- Colorado and Dallas just signed academy players as well. Bodes well for the future of the national team one would think.

Posted by: grabowcp | August 13, 2010 3:02 PM | Report abuse

Hamid and Najar have both shown to be very capable players, I wonder if this kid is ready to step in and contribute next year.

I won't be surprised at all to see Hamid penciled in as the #1 keeper in the winter/spring.

Posted by: alecw81 | August 13, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

In a Four Four Two pullout in the newest Eurosport, there's a thing called "10 Potential Premmers" or something, listing 10 Americans (well, 8 and Steve Zakuani and Danny Mwanga) who could end up having some success in the Premiere League, and I think 3 had spent time in the DCU Academy, including a goalie I'd never heard of currently with Porto's reserves.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 13, 2010 3:04 PM | Report abuse

Certainly encouraging news...DCU is bottoming out and starting fresh.

Posted by: Reignking | August 13, 2010 3:20 PM | Report abuse

Me likey.

Posted by: Kosh2 | August 13, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

This kid looked good in the MILK Cup. Good move to lock him up now. I like that we sign young players, it keeps me excited during these dark times.

I can see a 4-2-3-1 for us next yr with all three of our academy players starting. I love watching kids grow so I'll be pumped.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 13, 2010 3:34 PM | Report abuse

Can we trade all of our players for prospects? Stockpile draft picks?

Posted by: Reignking | August 13, 2010 3:43 PM | Report abuse

@tcbannon

Had he gone to Mason for even a semester to play, he would have then had to gone through the draft. United apparently didn't want to take any chances with that.

Posted by: hokieunited | August 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

Had he gone to Mason for even a semester to play, he would have then had to gone through the draft. United apparently didn't want to take any chances with that.

Posted by: hokieunited | August 13, 2010 3:49 PM

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Ejication spoils athaletes

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 13, 2010 3:52 PM | Report abuse

Thoughts: Conor probably turned some heads with overseas scouts at the Milk Cup. We're locking him up for the future transfer. Additionally, in all likelihood, those same scouts probably told him that they'd prefer to see him playing professionally at 18/19 instead of playing NCAA. Hopefully it's as much of a win-win as it sounds. Looking forward to seeing him play.

Posted by: VercengetorixII | August 13, 2010 3:57 PM | Report abuse

It's not a win for Mason.

Posted by: OWNTF | August 13, 2010 4:01 PM | Report abuse

http://premierfantasy.soccernet.espn.go.com
League: Soccer Insider
PW: Goff

There's another at the EPL site, but I don't have that info handy.

Posted by: Reignking | August 13, 2010 4:04 PM | Report abuse


Seems like we are seeing more and more of this -- Colorado and Dallas just signed academy players as well. Bodes well for the future of the national team one would think.

Posted by: grabowcp

Absolutely. If we're willing to embrace it, the academy system is the future of U.S. Soccer. The sooner we do, the faster we'll be cranking out well-rounded young players who can compete for MLS roster spots and, for the best of them, national team caps.

Posted by: Xill | August 13, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

LOL@Joel_M_Lane

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 13, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

"By signing a pro contract, Shanosky forgoes his college eligibility."

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Well, that depends. Earlier this week, the NCAA announced an interesting change to eligibility rules, to encourage cooperation with MLS academies. Under the new rule, teams can add players to the senior roster without terminating their college eligibility...so long as the team only pays the player's expenses (no salary). So, a team could make a contract with a player to ensure their eligibility for MLS games, without having the player forfeit college eligibility. It all depends on the terms of the contract... (i.e., whether it provides compensation beyond expenses).

I might add that I posted here earlier in the week, predicting the team would offer a deal to Conor. Props to Conor...and me. ;)

There are so many questions about the Homegrown rule. Is it still set at 2 players? If so, who will move into DCU's regular 24-man roster? Presumably Najar. Or, has the league expanded this provision -- Chicago was supposed to be adding 3 homegrown players of their own, which made me wonder what the current rule is.

Posted by: fischy | August 13, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

Seems like we are seeing more and more of this -- Colorado and Dallas just signed academy players as well. Bodes well for the future of the national team one would think.

Posted by: grabowcp

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Does it? Look what joining MLS as a teenager did for Adu, Altidore, Quaranta, Convey and Gaven. Only one was even with the national team during the Cup and he's a striker who doesn't score against good teams. The others are rarely called. Most of our national team comes from players that went into NCAA programs.

I'm not saying it's not better than leaving these kids in high school programs, or with the Bradenton bunch, but those kids growing up in the MLS aren't turning out to be world-beaters. It's not like the MLS academies have been turning out talents like you see in Europe. Hopefully, their development will be under better control in the future. That's why I'm especially encouraged to see the change in the NCAA rules. This might let our players get the best of both worlds.

Posted by: fischy | August 13, 2010 5:20 PM | Report abuse

3 had spent time in the DCU Academy, including a goalie I'd never heard of currently with Porto's reserves.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 13, 2010 3:04 PM

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That would be Samir Badr. He was the starting keeper for the USA side in the recent Milk Cup. He was in the DCU Academy with Hamid, and was generally seen as the better prospect. That's why he wound up in Portugal and Hamid had no option better than signing with DC. Goff wrote about both of these guys when the team was waiting to see whether they might be able to sign one.

Posted by: fischy | August 13, 2010 5:31 PM | Report abuse

With his size and Kevin Payne's earlier comments about looking into whether Jakovic and James is the future, could they be looking at experimenting with converting him to a defender?

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | August 13, 2010 5:35 PM | Report abuse

With his size and Kevin Payne's earlier comments about looking into whether Jakovic and James is the future, could they be looking at experimenting with converting him to a defender?

Posted by: mercurysnake77 | August 13, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

@mercurysnake77 -- I believe the DC website reported earlier this week that Shanofsky was seeing practice time in the midfield and defense. I'd say he's still a bit young for anyone to figure out where his future lies.

Posted by: fischy | August 13, 2010 5:50 PM | Report abuse

My neighbor!

Posted by: KHSpartan | August 13, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

Fischy, way to be selective. I guess Howard and Bradley really hurt themselves playing in MLS as young players. Some young players flame out, some turn into stars. I like the academy system and I think it offers hope for the future of American soccer.

Posted by: grubbsbl | August 13, 2010 5:59 PM | Report abuse

@fischy: Is that new NCAA rule applicable to only soccer players? Sounds to me like it's the first crack in the NCAA's amateurism wall...

Posted by: Juan-John1 | August 13, 2010 6:00 PM | Report abuse


Fischy, the league has clearly accelerated the abilities of most of these players, not the NCAA. It was the league's visibility that also projected them to good European clubs.

""Carlos Parra was the first Project-40 player when he signed with the league and was allocated to the New York/New Jersey MetroStars in 1997.

Since then, the program has included players such as Tim Howard, Josh Wolff, DaMarcus Beasley, Maurice Edu, Carlos Bocanegra, Clint Dempsey, Jozy Altidore, Ben Olsen, Bobby Convey, Bakary Soumare, Sacha Kljestan, Michael Parkhurst, Danny Califf, Freddy Adu, Brad Guzan and Michael Bradley."

In addition, here's a Project 40/Gen Adidas name I interesting:

Edson Buddle 19 F New Rochelle, NY State Fair Comm College

Posted by: delantero | August 13, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I have watched Conor play since he was 9 years old. He is the real deal. Thomas Rongen came to watch him play when Conor was just 10. I was there, as Conor played club soccer with my son. He has plenty of skill and size. Just as importantly for MLS, he has loads of determination. He played for a fairly dominant high school program, and the few times the team was playing poorly I was worried that Conor would just explode. He is an industrious player that will put the rest of the team on his back if he needs to do that to win.

Posted by: MikeCinDC | August 13, 2010 6:37 PM | Report abuse

Would he be able to play with a D2 team, like Salgado and Luis Gil? There's one nearby that could really use any good players, especially if someone else is picking up most of the tab.

Posted by: VioletCrown | August 13, 2010 6:40 PM | Report abuse

Mo Edu and Danny Califf are Terps....just because someone is generation adidas doesnt mean they didnt go to college.

The quality of the MLS is higher than college now though, the NCAA is more on par with the reserves and academy teams.

Posted by: peteywheatstraw | August 13, 2010 6:42 PM | Report abuse

In ten years, when Hamid, Najar, and Shanosky are in their primes, everybody better watch out!

Assuming we keep any of them that long...

Posted by: kdiff813 | August 13, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Most of those guys did play some college ball. That was my point. True, Howard and Bradley stand out as success stories. Hopefully, there will be others....if we're looking for greater success from the USA team.

Posted by: fischy | August 13, 2010 6:58 PM | Report abuse

Fischy, way to be selective.

Seriously, nice cherry-picking. I would also note that Convey is was national team regular (including 2006 WC) and playing in the Premiership before injuries sidetracked his career.

Posted by: BooThisMan | August 13, 2010 7:07 PM | Report abuse

@tcbannon

Had he gone to Mason for even a semester to play, he would have then had to gone through the draft. United apparently didn't want to take any chances with that.

Posted by: hokieunited | August 13, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse
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Actually, it's only when you've exhausted your college eligibility that MLS will route you through the draft. He could have gone to school for one semester and then signed for DCU. The Red Bulls considered it for one of their prospects, Matt Kassel, after his freshman year.

Posted by: stancollins | August 13, 2010 7:19 PM | Report abuse

He is definitely part of the current U-20 squad, which looks to be the most even and deep squad yet, even if he isn't an immediate starter. Sounds good to me.

However, the lack of veteran grit and savvy to guide our developing talents is still missing, and we need a goal scorer.

Posted by: UnitedDemon | August 13, 2010 8:13 PM | Report abuse

Solid, if unspectacular, first appearance by the team's big new acquisition.

But I'm still calling Donovan McNabb "Lannycakes" until he beats an NFC East opponent in a real game.

Posted by: Joel_M_Lane | August 13, 2010 8:22 PM | Report abuse

Laughed out loud later Joel.
Landycakes...... ha. ha.

Posted by: DadRyan | August 14, 2010 12:06 AM | Report abuse

De Jong's first foul took 48 seconds. The EPL is officially back.

Posted by: JacobfromAtlanta-ish | August 14, 2010 7:51 AM | Report abuse

ESPN reports Blatter's wants FIFA to consider eliminating ties in WC group play:

http://espn.go.com/sports/soccer/news/_/id/5463515/fifa-considers-doing-away-draws-world-cup

Posted by: benonthehill | August 14, 2010 12:11 PM | Report abuse

Posted by: RedDevil1 | August 14, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

Blackpool at the top of the table!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 14, 2010 1:02 PM | Report abuse

Fischy, way to be selective.

Seriously, nice cherry-picking. I would also note that Convey is was national team regular (including 2006 WC) and playing in the Premiership before injuries sidetracked his career.

Posted by: BooThisMan | August 13, 2010 7:07 PM
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I wasn't saying that no good player ever made it through signing with MLS at a tender age -- just that it hasn't been a huge boost for most. As for Convey -- way to be selective. He had a couple of good years...in the Championship, not the Premiership. Convey wasn't a regular starter for the USA team, but he did find himself in the '06 Cup thanks to injuries to others. Was his career derailed by injuries? I suppose -- though I'm not convinced he was ever a top-flight player. The comment I was responding to made the point that the Academy signings bode well for the national team. Well, that would only be true if it means we're going to see an improved national team. I'm not convinced that MLS is what young talents need to step it up to that level.

Posted by: fischy | August 14, 2010 1:37 PM | Report abuse

Blackpool in 2nd place: Champions League awaits!

Posted by: I-270Exit1 | August 14, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The fact that they did or didn't spend time in college is irrelevant. The players that have come out early have developed more rapidly than they would have in the NCAA's.

Posted by: delantero | August 14, 2010 6:33 PM | Report abuse

OHHH noooo, the kid is really slow, technically proficient but very, very dedicated. It's so troubling to see this turn of events. DCU has really taken advantage of this situation to run their PR bandwagon. So sad he lost his college eligibility. There are many players in college easily as talented. Why in the world would he not play one season in college and then see how it went before turning pro? DCU pressure is the answer to that and this kid would do whatever they told him. Remember this post and time will tell. Wow!

Posted by: socplaya | August 17, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

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