Hidden Coaching Staff


Director of Coaching - Girls
B98/99, G02 & G00

Kevin Sakuda joined the Washington Rush coaching staff in 2011 after an 8-year professional soccer career. He currently serves as the College Advisory Program Director and Director of Coaching-Juniors. Kevin holds his USSF A license. He currently is a coach for the Washington State EPD program and an assistant coach for the Seattle Pacific University Women's soccer team. Kevin has held numerous roles in youth soccer since 2002.

Kevin grew up in Fremont, CA. He was a member of the U20 National Team and U17 National Team Pool. Kevin attended Duke University where he started all 82 games in his four-year career. At Duke, his numerous honors included Soccer News All Freshman Team, ACC All - Tournament Team, Two-time NSCAA All South, 2nd Team All-ACC, 2-time Team Defensive Player of the Year, and team captain.

Kevin was drafter 39th overall by the San Jose Earthquakes in the 2002 Super Draft. Kevin played in over 150 games for the Seattle Sounders from 2003 to 2008 winning two USL Championships (2005 & 2007). In 2009, Kevin joined the Montreal Impact and then finished his career with the Austin Aztex. He also played indoor soccer professionally for the San Diego Sockers and where he was selected to the 2002 MISL All Rookie Team.

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DA Philosophy

Philosophy

“The Rush Way to Play is based upon movement and activity by both player and ball. Possession-oriented does not fully describe how we play; attack-oriented does. Whether in possession or in defense, we are attacking. Rush Players play with freedom, yet understand the importance of responsibility and the balance between the two. Rush teams are flexible and adapt to varying circumstances. The Rush Way to Play represents both passion and purpose”.

•     Players are to be comfortable with a possession-based passing game, where the team will look to try and play out from the back in a coordinated and controlled manner and is developed through the thirds in order to produce goal-scoring opportunities when possible

•     Players will look to recognize opportunities to play forward and execute counter-attacking opportunities where possible but not at the expense of losing possession

•     Players will, upon losing possession, look to immediately regain possession by defending from the front as a preferred option, or to drop and establish a compact defensive shape when unable to do so

•     Above all, our teams are expected to display a competitive and winning mentality – winning games is of importance; however, this is not at the expense of the playing philosophy

The U12 age group will predominantly focus on technical development incorporating decision-making and consideration for basic principles of play. They will play predominantly in a flexible 4-2-2 formation with players encouraged to rotate positions. The U13 & U14 age groups will focus more toward tactical understanding and technical refinement. Players will still be required to have an understanding of a range of positions but as they progress through this phase should begin to develop a primary position within the team. 11v11 games will adopt a flexible 4-3-3 formation. The key aspect regarding formations is that they are a guide. The style of play is dictated by the playing philosophy and takes precedence overall.

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DA Vision
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DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

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DA Academy Graduates to Sounders FC
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DA Uniforms
As part of our agreement with Adidas, Washington Rush provides all uniform items for Development Academy players. Items included in this agreement are Home and Away Jerseys, Shorts and Socks, Warm-Up Jacket and Pants, Cleats and Runners.