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, Messi Argentina 

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, USMNT, Washington Spirit, Croatia National Team

Favorite Player(s): Luka Modric, Trinity Rodman

Favorite Coach: Any coach that can instill confidence in a player to be the best they can be.

Favorite Soccer Moment: Anything players do to create a bit of magic. 

Advice to Players: Develop a growth mindset- accept challenges and look to improve every time 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