Hidden Coaching Staff


Alex joins the Washington Rush coaching slate and brings a wealth of playing and coaching experience. Alex grew up in Union City California and got opportunities abroad in soccer in both Mexico and Romania (Petrolul Ploiesti) before penning a contract with the Charleston Battery of the USL. In that period Alex had the opportunity to compete against players that participated in the World Cup.

After retiring as a player, Alex naturally progressed into coaching and has been involved in youth soccer ever since. In 2016, Alex and his best friend founded a club called Futbol Club de Alianza out of Idaho and Alex served as the Technical Director for the past 4 years. Alex holds his USSF D license and is currently completing his National C license. Alex has helped multiple players reach the college level and one of his former players has won two NCAA championships (Florida State).

Alex's favorite professional team is Boca Juniors and he carries a lot of their grit and determination into his attacking style of play. Outside of soccer, Alex has been a railroad construction professional for 19 years. In this new adventure he will be joined by his wife, two kids, and their dogs Guiness and Gracie.

DA Events
Further updates upon release from US Soccer.
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
DA Vision info coming soon.
DA Facilities
Kasch Park

Cavelero Middle High School

Archbishop Murphy High School

Mill Creek Sports Park

Futsal Text goes here.
DA Academy Graduates to Sounders FC
Info coming soon.
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.