Marcelo Gangotena- Technical Director

Coaching License:United States Soccer Federation (USSF) “A” License and National Youth License, National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), Director of Coaching Diploma. Former USSF Area Scout. Degree in Elementary Education.

Professional Experience: Twenty eight years coaching soccer in the area, including, Amateur, Travel, High School, ODP District and State levels, both boys and girls. Former Director of Soccer Schools in the Northern Virginia Area. 

Personal Achievements2011 winner of the prestigious Adele Dolansky Award, the highest award bestowed on a VYSA member, in recognition of Exemplary Service to the Soccer Playing Youth of the Commonwealth of Virginia and the District of Columbia

Birth Place: Quinto, Ecuador

Playing Bio: Semi- pro and Professional, Quito Ecuador 

Favorite Team(s): Liga Depotiva Universitaria Quito (LDU Quito)

Favorite Player(s): Antonio Valencia Ecuador, Man - U, Messi Argentina - Barcelona

Favorite Coach: Simeone, Pep Guardiola

Favorite Soccer Moment: When I was pick to play on LDU Q U15 team

Advice to Players: Always work hard to improve, never stop learning

Darryl Forrest- Coach

Coaching License:  VA D License

Birth Place: Denver, CO

Playing Bio: HS state champions Ridgefield HS 1983, Ridgefield, CT, Hartford Courant All-State 1983. CT McGuire Cup Champions. Babson College.

Favorite Team(s): Manchester United, Juventus 

Favorite Player(s): Ivan Rakitic, Mario Mandžukić, Luka Modric

Favorite Coach: Alex Ferguson, Al Diniz (HS coach)

Favorite Soccer Moment: 2008 Uefa CL final when John Terry missed his PK for Chelsea and Man United won. 

Advice to Players: Develop a growth mindset- accept challenges and look to improve everytime you play soccer. This will be the foundation for your success both on and off the field.

Benji Flores- Coach

Coaching License:  E License, 4 x 4 Grassroots

Birth Place: Norfolk, VA

Playing Bio: Virginia Wesleyan College; currently playing in Adult Leagues in Northern Virginia

Favorite Team(s): Manchester United

Favorite Player(s): Pele, Maradona, and Jorge Campos

Favorite Coach: Diego Simeone

Favorite Soccer Moment: Stepping on the field.

Advice to Players: Play for the love of the game

Javier Mejia- Coach

Coaching License: E license

Professional Experience: 6 years coaching youth soccer teams

Personal Achievements: Developing Soccer players of all ages

Birth Place: Mexico

Playing Bio: Local home teams and university teams

Favorite Team(s): German Bayern Munich, Mexico Chivas, Spain Barcelona

Favorite Player(s): Leonel Messi, Frank Ribery, and Hirving Lozano

Favorite Coach: Coach Alex Ferguson, Pep Guardiola and Diego Simeone

Favorite Soccer Moment: U-17 World Cup final Mexico VS Germany

Advice to Players: The key to succeed in life is Dedication and
Hard work.

Javier Contreras

Matt Corey- Coach

Coaching License:  E License

Birth Place: Northern VA

Playing Bio: Elon University, NCAA Division 1.

Coaching Bio: Coached High School boys at Woodson High School and Paul VI - 2000-2004, FPYC Blue Flame girls, U9-U17 - 2011-2017

Favorite Team(s): DC United

Favorite Player(s): Christiano Ronaldo

Favorite Soccer Moment: First time I stepped on the field in college

Advice to Players:  Have fun. The game must be fun to play. Juggle everyday to increase your confidence on the ball.  Remember, you learn at practice, but you get better at home. Finally, be sure you are playing with and against players who want to improve like you.

Lawali Soumalia- Coach

Coaching License: GRASSROOTS  7V7.

Playing Experience: I  played NCAA Division II  for 4 years( From 2002-2005) as a Member of UDC Soccer Team. We went to the Division Championship my first year. We lost to Mercyhurst University. 

Personal Achievements: NCAA Division II runner up(2002), All Academic Student Athlete (02,03,04).

Birth Place:  MARADI, NIGER

Playing Bio: I've been playing Soccer since I was 3 years old. I love the game more than I could describe. I've made my schools Team from Elementary School , middle School to High School back in Niger. I  joined UDC Soccer Team in 2002 as a freshman where I went on to play until 2005. I was all Academic Student Athlete in 3 out of the 4 years. I played as a midfielder. I played every position in the midfield and I have been used as Striker from time to time. I was a Co-Captain my Senior year at UDC. I don't recall how many goals I have scored or assisted. 

Favorite Team(s):  Real Madrid

Favorite Player(s): Ronaldinho

Favorite Coach:  Carlos Alberto Pareira

Favorite Soccer Moment: Oh man, there are so many. Nigeria Vs Bulgaria(3:0). Sunday Oliseh (Nigerian midfielder) scored a bullet from 35 yards out. 

Advice to Players: Football as it is known world wide is a beautiful game. Probably the most skillful sport that ever exist. Because most others sports use hands as a mean to navigate the ball. Human being is naturally made to use our hands to accomplish almost everything physical/motion. It is really amazing to see what one's can do with their feet. Therefore my advice to the players is to commit and dedicate themselves to be the best they can possibly be. Enjoy every moment while they can!