Know Your Opponent: DC United U-23 | 6.26.19
NORFOLK, Va. (June 24, 2019) — Virginia Beach City FC is locked in a tight battle for first place in the NPSL's Mid-Atlantic Conference, but they get a reprieve on Wednesday vs. DC United's U-23 team.
Virginia Beach City FC is turning things around after suffering their first loss of the season on June 16 vs. FC Baltimore. The club knocked off FC Frederick in a tough 2-1 road win on Saturday. Ezana Kahsay put his seventh goal into the net, pushing VB City FC over the top in the second half.
The club needs to be firing on all cylinders in their June 29 matchup vs. Northern Virginia United. Virginia Beach City FC sits in first place in the Mid-Atlantic Conference, just three points ahead of FC Baltimore. FC Baltimore has two matches remaining, one against FC Frederick on June 28 and one against Charlottesville Alliance FC on June 29.
Strengthening the Partnership
Wednesday's friendly is the third friendly between the two clubs since their groundbreaking partnership was announced last year.
“I think it’s a win-win situation for DC United and Virginia Beach City,” Virginia Beach City FC head coach Brian Hinkey said in March. “I think there’s a lot of quality players that are coming out of this area. We’ve already seen some of our youth players get opportunities in their youth development academy, and there isn’t one here in Hampton Roads. Ultimately, what I want to see is players getting the opportunities to reach the highest levels of the game. In the United States, that’s the MLS so naturally, we want to be affiliated with something at that level.”
Since partnering up in 2018, the organizations have worked together to provide elite-level coaching to academy players and first-class experience for VB City FC's team.
VB City FC's backline vs. DC United's forwards — Virginia Beach City FC's defense rebounded last time out, allowing just one goal vs. FC Frederick. Maintaining possession in the midfield and snuffing out scoring opportunities will be important as VB City FC aims to make the playoffs. Keeper CJ Coulson has been stout in goal, but keeping him clean is of the utmost importance.
Wednesday's friendly is the precursor to Virginia Beach City FC's next home match vs. Northern Virginia United. Be sure to get your tickets soon to watch Hampton Roads' conference-leading soccer team.