Hidden Coaching Staff

Ricardo Rivera
G00 Nero and G09 Nero

Ricardo Rivera has been in coaching for nearly 20 years.  He was a coach with Evergreen Soccer Club before they became Washington Rush and has spent the past seven years coaching youth for Snohomish.  He was also the head coach of the Archbishop Murphy HS team.  While he was there, Ricardo had an amazing run of six years; finishing 3rd three times and making the state final twice.  Ricardo eventually captured the school’s first state championship in girl's soccer in 2006.    

Ricardo grew up in Kent and went to school at the University of Washington where he met his wife.  Ricardo’s daughter Melissa is a junior at Rose-Hulman in Indiana studying biomedical engineering and playing soccer; she will graduate in 2018.  His son Mateo is a junior at Jackson High School and played with Rush before dedicating his time to cross country and track. 

Ricardo started playing soccer as a kid and continued to play after college in the men's adult league.  He was introduced to coaching by a friend that needed help with a boy's team and has continued to stay involved in the game.  Ricardo holds a USSF “C” License and the NSCAA Director of Coaching badge. 

Ricardo’s favorite team is the Sounders and he enjoys the attending the games with his family.

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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.