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Jan Jacobus "Sonny" Silooy, a former Dutch footballer and current Director of Youth Development for D.C. United Academy initiatives, poses for a photo during an academy league training session held at the auxiliary field near RFK Stadium, in Washington, DC., Thursday, July 10, 2013. (Andrew S Geraci/The Washington Times)

Sonny Silooy's career has evolved from standout defender to standout talent developer

- The Washington Times

Sonny Silooy played in more than 250 matches as a defender for the Dutch powerhouse AFC Ajax. Logged 25 appearances for the Netherlands national team. Went the full 120 minutes in the 1996 UEFA Champions League final. But what the 49-year-old can't wait to discuss is a post-playing days photograph, attached to a whiteboard in the corner of his office.

D.C. United's Robbie Russell (R) turns upfield after scoring against Montreal keeper Evan bush in the second half at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, June 30, 2012. (Preston Keres/Special to The Washington Times)

Robbie Russell retires from D.C. United to attend med school

Associated Press

The 33-year-old Russell scored one goal in 20 appearances with United, which announced his plans Wednesday. He played in 98 games over six seasons in MLS and was a member of the 2009 league champions, Real Salt Lake.

**FILE** Houston Dynamo's Will Bruin, left, kicks the ball as D.C. United's Emiliano Dudar (19) defends during the second half of the second game of an MLS soccer Eastern Conference final playoff series, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012, in Washington. The Dynamo advanced to their second straight MLS Cup final and fourth in seven years, tying D.C. United 1-1 Sunday for a 4-2 aggregate win in the Eastern Conference final. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

Will Bruin, Dynamo crush D.C. United

- Associated Press

Bruin, who now has four goals this season, has scored nine times in nine career appearances against United. He notched the first multi-goal game of his career with a hat trick in a 4-1 win over United in Houston on April 29, 2011.

Real Salt Lake midfielder Sebastian Velasquez, right, reaches the ball ahead of D.C. United midfielder Kyle Porter during the second half of an MLS soccer game, Saturday, March 9, 2013, in Washington. United won 1-0. (AP Photo/Richard Lipski)

Kyle Porter capitalizes on chance with D.C. United

- The Washington Times

Five years ago, Kyle Porter's anonymity evaporated. That tends to happen when a soccer player takes his career to a top-flight club in Germany — even an 18-year-old prospect whose only action would come in reserve matches.

**FILE** New York Red Bulls forward Thierry Henry dribbles the ball during the first half of an MLS soccer game against the D.C. United, Saturday, March 16, 2013, in Harrison, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Thierry Henry scores as Red Bulls blank D.C. United

- Associated Press

Henry opened the scoring in the 29th minute, and Olave scored in the 36th to help New York (2-3-2) win for the first time in its last five tries at RFK Stadium dating to April 2011.