Hidden Coaching Staff

Kelly Jay
G08 and G03 Nero

Kelly Jay joins the Rush coaching staff for the upcoming 2018/19 season
Kelly Jay grew up in a town called Haines, Alaska and went onto attend Arizona State University where she studied BS Exercise Physiology.  Currently, she lives in Arlington with her husband Karl, son Caleb, and daughter Audrey. Both, Caleb and Audrey are premier soccer players.  
She began coaching at the premier level for both youth boys and girls and was also an assistant for the Everett men’s college program before committing to coach at Rush for the coming year.  She currently holds a USSF “D” License and has her NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.  
Kelly Jay says, “soccer combines the best to offer in the area of team sports, fitness, and the simple beauty of the game.  For me, there’s no better game to be involved in.”  Kelly Jay had many positive influences in High school sports and enjoys the platform coaching can bring to have a similar impact on young athletes.  
Welcome Kelly Jay! 


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

Futsal Text goes here.
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.