Hidden Coaching Staff
Matt Stueckle

Director of Goalkeeping

Matt began coaching with Washington Rush in May of 2012. Prior to that, he coached for Federal Way United. Originally from Spokane, WA, Matt was the assistant coach at Whitworth University for both the Men's and Women's programs for ten years. During that time he also coached for the Spokane Shadow, serving as the club's coaching director in 2010. Matt was also the Boys Varsity soccer coach at Mead High School in Spokane for six years, qualifying for the tournament four times.

‍ Matt holds a USSF “A” license and is a qualified goalkeeping coach. He's earned a B.A. in kinesiology and a M.A.T. in special education, both from Whitworth. Matt played soccer for two years at Whitworth University where he was a NSCAA 2nd team All-American selection in 2001. He followed that with five years in the PDL for the Spokane Shadow, captaining the team for four years. Matt also played college football for Whitworth where he was a place kicker, punter and wide receiver. When Matt’s weekend isn’t filled with soccer games he enjoys spending time with his wife (Jenn) and dog (Moses).

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DA Events
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DA 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.

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.