Rush Announces Another Stand-Out Coaching Addition, Former Professional Soccer Player: Jake Sagare


Jake Sagare, a Washington native who played professional soccer and mostly recently served as the Sun City Strikers’ director of coaching, is the newest member of the highly accomplished coaching and training staff at Washington Rush Soccer Club.

Sagare grew up in the Yakima area attending West Valley High School where he was the league’s leading scorer his junior and senior years, earning the Mid-Valley Player of the Year award as a senior. Summers found him playing for the Yakima Reds in the USL’s Premier Development League. He earned his degree in communications and played Division 1 soccer at the University of Washington. Sagare holds a USSF “A” coaching license and a teaching certificate.

Jake was selected third overall by the Portland Timbers in the 2002 A-League draft. His professional career found him doing stints with the Portland Timbers, Seattle Sounders, Vancouver Whitecaps, Halifax Town FC (England), Grimsby Town FC (England), and Atletas de Cristo (Brazil). Notably he was a consistent starter, participating in 60 matches for Halifax Town FC and was part of the Seattle Sounders team that captured the USL Division 1 Championship in 2005.2004-portland-jakesagare-full

Ben Somoza, Washington Rush’s technical director, said of Jake, “Jake brings a wealth of knowledge from not only playing at the college and professional level, but as a club director, and coach of college and club teams. He has had an opportunity to work with all ages and knows what is needed to play at every level. Every Rush player who works with Jake will see he has a true love for the game and has an uncanny ability to connect with his players and teams. I look forward to having him be a part of the Rush family.”

When asked about his coaching philosophy, Jake said, “I believe in possession soccer through quick decisions, passing, and movement.  A player must be willing to work hard for their team and most of all have fun while doing it.” He said he is looking forward to working with the different age groups in the club as well as the players in the camps and academies which offer programs for younger players in the community. His response to the question: How do you answer the criticism that these kids are too young for expanded training? “A kid that has the ability and drive to become a better soccer player should be encouraged to play more soccer. Expanded training is just another opportunity to do that. Through my own coaching and playing experience I hope to inspire kids at any age to have that enthusiasm.”

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