Hidden Coaching Staff
Matt Pele

B06, B02 & G02 Nero

Soccer runs in the family for Matt Pele Growing up in Puyallap, Pele’s family introduced the game to him at an early age, and he developed a love for the game. Matt and both of his siblings went on to play at the college level. His older brother Jason played soccer at the University of Evansville in Indiana, and younger sister Kendyl played soccer at the University of Washington.

For Matt soccer was the sport that he enjoyed the most and his continued passion for the game has been his inspiration for coaching youth today. Matt was a standout recruit and accepted a scholarship for Western Washington University where he earned a degree in Communications. While attending Western, Matt was a strong attacking mid and was named the conference player of the year and honored as an All-American for his achievements. After his senior season, Matt went onto play professionally for the Victoria Highlanders for two years in Canada and had a couple stints with the Vancouver Whitecaps and Portland Timbers.

Matt, who now lives in Lynnwood, brings an impressive resume and over 10 years experience as a coach. He got his start at the Whatcom Academy and went onto coach at the Three Rivers Soccer club out of Pasco three years after. While he was a youth coach at Three Rivers he also coached for Kamiakan High-school in both the Junior Varsity and Varsity programs. After four years on the eastern side of the state, Matt joined PacNW where he coached this past season before accepting a position at Washington Rush.

As a new member to the Rush 2016/2017 season, Matt relishes the opportunity to coach the youth soccer players of today. Matt explains, “I want to give back to the game that gave me so much.” The experiences he has shared with teammates and the relationships he has created throughout his life because of soccer have helped shape him into the coach and person he is today.

Matt holds an USSF “C” License and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in teaching. Please welcome Matt to Washington Rush!

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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.