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Chasing Soccer Dreams - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Jul 11,2017
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Adrien Cushing and his father Kenny pose for a picture outside of Great Falls library. Photo by Colin Stoecker - The Connection

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By Colin Stoecker - The Connection

WASHINGTON, DC. - Adrien Cushing, 16, of Great Falls, a junior at Langley High School wants to make the U.S. national team for his age group, and is already on the way to that goal. He was just ranked 142 on IMG’s Top 150 soccer players in America according to topdrawersoccer.com.

Since the age of 4, Cushing has been playing soccer competitively. He has switched teams almost as much as he has switched positions on the field. He recently left Bethesda Soccer Academy’s team to join DC United’s Under 17 league team. “There is a lot of opportunity for him to get noticed by colleges and get a lot of exposure,” said Martin Ryan, the D.C. United Academy Director and U17 coach.

Technically, Cushing is a defender. But he has played center back and right mid, as well as center midfield when he was younger. “I switched positions a good amount through my whole career,” he said.

Cushing has progressed through all of the levels of travel soccer in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area, moving from McLean’s Club Team, to Bethesda Soccer Academy and now D.C. United. “This is his fifth team in five years,” said his father, Kenny Cushing. “With D.C. United, he has hit his apex.”

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