D.C. United announced a development partnership this week with the newly-formed PDL Baltimore Bohemians, a move intended to help both teams cross-promote one another as well as expand the pipeline of prospective young players, the same kind who also play for United’s own under-23 program. Seth C’deBaca parlayed his D.C. United U23 experience into nearly nine months of training with D.C.'s first team before getting cut during this year during preseason.
The Bohemians are coached by Steve Nichols, who’s had a number of successful players under his tutelage at McDonogh School and with the Baltimore Bays.
What’s a tad more curious about the Bohemians is that they’re owned and operated by Louis F. Angelos, the youngest son of Baltimore Orioles owner Peter Angelos.
Despite United’s professed intention to explore a move to Baltimore as closely as possible – with money expected to be outlaid in the Maryland budget for a specific stadium costing and financing study (that's more than anything going on in District at the moment) – I’ve been assured by D.C. United that there is no front office relationship here.
It certainly seems, however, like there’s interest in soccer from the Angelos family.