Hidden Coaching Staff
Jake Sagare

DOC 7v7’s
B09, B07 Development Academy & B03

Jake Sagare joined the Washington Rush coaching staff in 2012. Currently, Jake serves as the Director of Coaching – Youth for the Rush club. He holds his USSF “A” and National Youth License. He is also a coach within the Washington state EPD program. Prior to Rush, Jake was the Technical Director for the Sun City Strikers out of Yakima, the head women’s coach at Yakima Valley Community College, and the boy’s varsity coach at his Alma mater West Valley.

Jake brings a great deal of playing and coaching experience to the program. A native of Yakima Jake won 2 state titles with his h.s. team (West Valley). He caught the eye of the University of Washington and was recruited shortly thereafter. There he made the playoffs for 4 straight years, won two Pac-10 championships, received All-academic student athlete honors, and most improved player.

After University of Washington Jake was drafted by the Portland Timbers to play. In 2002 he penned his first professional contract with Portland and went on to play 3 years with the club. At the Timbers, he was named the team MVP in 2002 and helped the team win the western divisional championship in 2004 and recorded the 2nd most assists in the league that same year. After Portland, Jake’s playing career took him abroad to England where he played with Halifax town FC and Grimsby Town FC. He returned after 2 years and went on to play for the Whitecaps before being traded to the Seattle Sounders where he won a USL Championship. After a couple years with the Sounders Jake finished out his career with the Houston Dynamo. 

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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.