Hidden Coaching Staff
Sean Conners

Washington Rush Director of Soccer
National Rush Global Goalkeeping Director
Rush Cup Tournament Director

Sean Connors is a native of Buffalo, New York and has been coaching with Rush since 2013. Sean and his wife Kelsey live in Lynnwood with their children, John and Emma.

‍ Licensing:
USSF “A” License

‍ Washington Rush Coaching Experience:
2021 - Present: Director of Soccer
2019 - Present: Rush Cup Tournament Director
2013 - 2021: Director of Goalkeeping

‍ Additional Roles:
2021 - Present: Global Goalkeeping Director for National Rush Soccer Club
2015 - Present: Washington Youth Soccer - Elite Player Development (EPD) Goalkeeping Director

‍ Past Experience:
2012 - 2016: Seattle Pacific University Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach / Goalkeeping Coach
2012 - 2013: Seattle United Soccer Club
2010-2012: Humboldt State University Men’s and Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach / Recruiting Coordinator
2009 - 2012: Mad River United Soccer Club Director of Coaching
2005 - 2008: St. John Fisher College Men’s and Women’s Soccer Assistant Coach / Goalkeeping Coach

‍ Education:
Humboldt State University; Masters in Business Administration
St. John Fisher College; Bachelor of Arts, Economics

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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

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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.