Technical Director - Clyde Watson

With more than 28 years of professional coaching experience, Clyde Watson is a familiar figure in D.C. area soccer. A prominent member of the Guyana Men's National Team for more than 10 years, Watson graduated from Clemson University, where he was All ACC all four years. Watson served as assistant coach of the Washington Warthogs, Coach of the University of the District of Columbia, and as assistant coach of the WPS’s Washington Freedom from 2001-2010. Clyde is one of six members of the ECNL Standards Committee, which is developing minimum standards regarding training frequency, coach licensing, facilities and administration/structure for member clubs and coaches within the ECNL.  Clyde was named NSCAA 2007 Youth Girls National Coach of the Year, USYS 2011 Region I Girls Competitive Coach of the Year, and VYSA 2011 Virginia Girls Competitive Coach of the Year. He was also named 1998 Boys Youth Virginia Coach of the Year. He has coached teams to 13 USYS Virginia State Cups, three USYS Region I Championship titles, a USYS National Finalist title (2011, McLean MPS Strikers), and the coveted USYS National Championship title (2007, McLean MPS Freedom). Clyde holds a USSF "B" License, a UEFA "A", NSCAA Director of Coaching Diploma, and  a National Youth License.

John Harkes - Senior Technical Advisor

John Harkes is a member of the National Soccer Hall of Fame.  A native of Kearny, New Jersey, Harkes was the 1984 Parade Player of the Year, and selected as one of the top ten high school players of the 1980s.  After a successful run at the University of Virginia, Harkes embarked on the next stage of his career with the US National Team.  He was a Captain and midfielder for the US National Team in the mid 1990s. Harkes played in England from 1990-1996, and was the first American to play in the English Premier League.  He was the first American to win the English League Cup vs Manchester United at the famous Wembley Stadium, and scored the English Goal of the Year vs Derby. Back in the States, he won two MLS titles with D.C. United and was a five-time Major League Soccer All-Star, and competed in the 1990 and 1994 FIFA World Cups. Harkes was an assistant coach with the New York Red Bulls with Bruce Arena, and then parlayed his extensive experience and knowledge into a successful broadcasting career, working as an analyst and color commentator for ESPN and ABC.  He currently hosts a weekly show on SiriusXM.

Diane Drake - U8 - U12 Girls AGD

Drake's impressive resume includes extensive coaching and playing experience as an ODP Coach, US Soccer National Training Center Staff Coach, and Head Coach at George Mason University and Georgetown University and played with the No VA Majestics and the Raleigh Wings. Diane holds a USSF "A" License, NSCAA Premier Badge and NSCAA National Youth License.

Other items of note:

  • Co-author of the book "goals of their own" chronicled the us national team from 1985-99. 
  • Inducted into Centerville  HS, OH Hall of Fame with NFL players Aj Hawk and Mike Nuggent
  • US national olympic festival National B Team 1992. NCAA top 20 in points produced in 1992. 
  • TAC/TFA national medalist for  hurdles-youth in track and field  

Jamil Faryadi - U13 - U18 Boys AGD

  • LicenseUSSF B & NSCAA Advanced National Diploma
  • Playing History:  Collegiate and Amateur
  • Coaching History:  Over 25 years of Coaching, 7 State Championship, 4 Regional, 2 National Finalist

Cindi Harkes - U13 - U18 Girls AGD

A Northern Virginia native, Cindi played club soccer for BRYC where her team won the U16 Regional/National title. She played locally at W.T. Woodson HS, where she was a four time, first team All-Met selection. She attended the University of Virginia where she earned All-ACC and Academic All-America honors and reached the Final Four in 1991. She was a member of the U19 US Youth National Team. After college, Cindi resided in England where she continued her playing career with Sheffield Wednesday Ladies and Ilkeston Town Rangers who reached the semi-finals of the prestigious FA Cup. She was also a starting forward for the Inaugural W League Champions the Maryland Pride.

Upon Cindi’s return to the states, she transitioned into coaching where she has been plying her trade for the past 15 years successfully coaching both boys and girls programs at every level, including DC United women before joining the Washington Spirit. She currently serves as the Age Group Director for Girls ages U13-U18 as well as coaching both ECNL and CCL teams.

Cindi was inducted into WT Woodson’s Hall of Fame in 2013 and VA/DC’s Soccer Hall of Fame in 2008. She holds a USSF ‘C’ license.

Ellis Pierre - U8 - U12 Boys AGD

Ellis is a committed professional with more that 20 years of successful experience preparing players to play at the highest level. He has been with the Bethesda Soccer Club for thirteen years as a coach, the Director of Young Player Development, and the Director of coaching for their girls programs. As the DOC for girls with Bethesda, he successfully entered the club as on of the original members of the ECNL in 2009.

Ellis has his NSCAA premier license (2006), his Director of Coaching license (2007) and his National Youth license.

As a coach/trainer, Ellis has won over twenty State Cups, several Regional titles and a National Championship with the Washington Freedom Super Y program. He has routinely counseled players through the college recruiting process, and has placed several players on our youth National teams