Hidden Coaching Staff

Justin Ell
B07 Nero and B10 Nero

Justin Ell joins Rush for the 2017/18 season.  He is native of Washington State; specifically the Shoreline area where he grew up playing for various clubs.  Justin also attended Shorecrest High School before accepting a scholarship to play for Edmonds Community College.  Justin has coached at all levels including college, and most recently with Snohomish United for the past 5 years.  At Snohomish he was a coach for Jr. Academy teams and younger age groups for both the boys and girls side.  

Justin holds a National “D” license and attributes his own experiences for wanting to coach youth soccer players.  "Soccer has given me the opportunity to travel, pay for my college education, and give back to youth by coaching as it was given to me by my coaches growing up.  If it weren’t for soccer I wouldn’t have some of my best friends I have today.”  

Justin and his wife Dawn live in Monroe. When they aren’t at the soccer fields with their two boys, Evan and Kingston they enjoy cooking and traveling.  

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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.