Yoni Berhanu among D.C. United trialists

Yoni Berhanu, men's soccer, A10
Senior Yoni Berhanu battles two Duquesne opponents last season. | Hatchet File Photo

After a standout career with the Colonials, senior Yoni Berhanu’s soccer playing days aren’t over quite yet.

The midfielder, who was the Atlantic 10 Midfielder of the Year this past season, is one of 14 trialists who will be training with the Major League Soccer club D.C. United in hopes of earning a spot on their preseason training roster.

Berhanu sat atop the conference with 11 goals and 26 points last season and was an instrumental part of the Colonials’ regular season A-10 co-championship. Berhanu’s 72nd minute free kick that slipped past the Duquesne goal keeper Nov. 6 was one of the defining moments of his career, propelling GW to its first regular season title since the 1992 season. Berhanu and the Colonials made it to the A-10 tournament championship game, before falling in a penalty-kick shootout to Xavier.

After earning a No. 13 preseason ranking, GW earned just two victories with conference play gearing up. But while the Colonials struggled to score early in the season, Berhanu and junior Seth Rudolph combined to overhaul GW’s offensive attack, to become one of the top-scoring duos in the A-10. The streaking Colonials finished conference play with a 7-2 record and won their last six games before falling to Xavier.

Berhanu wrapped his playing career with 55 points and 15 assists, just shy of 10th-best in both slots on the GW all-time records. If he is selected to United’s roster, Berhanu will join the team at training camp in Florida, scheduled to start  Monday.

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