Nov 25, 2019
Today’s guest has traveled the world, literally with his feet. Growing up in San Jose, he graduated from Leigh High School and went to the University of Portland on a soccer scholarship. Under the direction of legendary soccer coach Clive Charles, our guest developed as an exceptional player in his sport. He was a member of the 2001 U-20 Men’s National Team, a starter for the US 2001 Youth World Cup in Argentina, and as captain of the U-23 Olympic team made key plays leading up to qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Greece.
His stellar skills led him to be selected #5 in the 2002 Major League Soccer Superdraft by the Chicago Fire. As a rising star, he was a finalist for the Rookie of the Year. In 2003 while with the Fire, the team won the 2003 MLS Supporters Shield, US Open Cup, and was a finalist in the MLS Cup. After playing for the Fire, he continued his career playing for the San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Los Angeles Galaxy and Colorado Rapids.
After playing professionally, he continued his passion for his sport by starting a youth sports consulting company working primarily with youth soccer clientele. This led to the founding of the South Bay Football Club (SBFC), a youth soccer club in the Bay Area.
His experience as a sports management consultant provided a unique view of the deficiencies in current software products in youth sports management. This observation led to the founding of Cinch., an integrated sports management platform, using technology to simplify the operations of sports organizations. Through his companies, he has utilized his professional and educational experience to promote and improve the game he loves to play. Believing that every child should be able to play the game regardless of their economic situation and that real development means developing children on the field with technical skills and off the field with life skills, he continues to burn the FIRE for his sport.