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Michael Lau

Coach

Michael Lau joined the Washington Rush coaching staff in 2013. He has over 20 years of experience coaching youth soccer at various levels and has worked within the game for over 3 decades. He has led his teams to numerous league titles, a State Cup quarter-final, 2 State Cup semi-finals and a State Cup Championship. Even with all that success, Michael's proudest moments as a coach have been seeing his players fulfill their dreams of advancing to play at the collegiate level. Michael holds a USSF D license and a globally recognized Coerver Youth Diploma.

Michael was born in Hong Kong and immigrated to Seattle at a young age where he and his brothers grew up playing and excelling in soccer. He was offered a pro contract at age 17 and has played semi-pro soccer in the US and Canada. His fondest memory as a player was playing in the final of an international tournament in Toronto, Canada where the game was decided on the 9th penalty kick. Michael scored as the first kicker, but his team ultimately finished as runners-up. Nevertheless, it will always be one of the greatest games he participated in.

His favorite teams include the Brazilian national teams of the 70s and 80s and the Dutch national team of the 70s where total football was born. Currently, Michael is a huge fan of FC Barcelona and their Tiki-Taka style. He admires these teams for their skillful, creative, and attack-minded players and tries to bring this style of play into the teams he coaches.

Michael lives with his wife of more than 25 years along with his 90 years old in-laws. Michael has 4 daughters who all played soccer. His youngest daughter currently plays for Northwest University as a forward.

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DA Philosophy

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.

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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 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.