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): Mario Mandzukic, Georgio Chiellini

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 Contreras

Andrew Long- Coach

Coaching License:  Grassroots

Birth Place: Long Beach, CA

Playing Bio: AYSO from age 6-14, Costa Mesa Soccer Club age 14-15, and Huntington Beach HS age 14-17

Favorite Team(s): Manchester United, USA, England, Colombia

Favorite Player(s): James Rodriguez, Christian Pulisic, Tim Howard, Michael Bradley

Favorite Coach: My dad, Mick Long

Favorite Soccer Moment: Playing in the 1994 USA Cup in Blaine, MN

Advice to Players: Always give your best and control what you can control: find what you're good at and make it even better; find what you're weak at and develop ways to improve the weakness (through practice or guile).

Greig Warwick


Coaching License:   (USSF) "E" License and Grassroots 

Birth Place: Swindon, England

Playing Bio: James Madison High School, VA ODP, JMU Men's Soccer Club, Northern Va. Royals

Favorite Team(s): Liverpool FC

Favorite Player(s): Steven Gerrard

Favorite Coach: Jurgen Klopp

Favorite Soccer Moment: Liverpool FC down 3-0 at halftime and come back to win the Champions League Final in 2005

Advice to Players: Never give up, never stop learning. YNWA

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.

Edward Ayllon- Coach

Coaching License:  Grassroots

Birth Place: Fairfax, VA

Playing Bio: NCAA D2(University of the District of Columbia), San Francisco FC(Panama), Region 1(Pachuca Dragons MD

Favorite Team(s): FC Barcelona

Favorite Player(s): Neymar