McLean Youth Soccer’s ECNL teams are professionally coached and trained by some of the most experienced and successful coaches in youth soccer. A primary aim of the ECNL platform is to improve the training-to-game ratio for elite players by providing consistent, meaningful, high-quality games appropriately spaced between an optimal number of practices to engender a cycle of learning.
MYS shares the ECNL’s belief that a player’s daily soccer environment is critical for developing skills and habits. As a result, quality coaching is the foundation of our program.
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MYS Technical Director & MYS ECNL Director
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. He was a First Team All Star with the New York Eagles of the American Soccer League in 1979, and went on to play for professional teams in Pennsylvania and Detroit.
After transitioning from player to coach, 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 currently serves as both Technical Director and ECNL Director for McLean Youth Soccer. In addition, he 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 and a National Youth License.
Head Coach for the NCAA D-I Howard University Women's soccer team since 2009, Brent was named the Great West Conference Coach of the Year for the 2009-10 season. A 2001 graduate of George Mason University, Brent was a four-year letter winner on the Patriot soccer team that reached the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Tournament and he received academic honors during his tenure at GMU.
Brent coached the 2010 U15 Springfield Youth Club (SYC) Xtreme Virginia State Cup Champions from 2005 to 2011 (some members of that squad are now on the rising McLean U17 ECNL team) and was the head girls varsity coach at Robert E. Lee High school from 2006-2008. As well, Brent served on the coaching staff of the WPS’s Washington Freedom from 2003-2010. Leiba also served stints as the head coach and head athletic trainer with the Lee Mount Vernon Soccer Club team and SYC Xplosion. Brent holds a USSF “B” license as well as an NSCAA Advanced National Diploma.
Nadir grew up playing competitive soccer in Northern Virginia and went on to play at James Madison University. Nadir has a proven track record of success with individual and team development. His teams have earned multiple WAGS Division 1 titles, 2 Virginia State Cup titles, a USYS Region 1 Semi-finalist title, and multiple top tournament titles (Disney Showcase, Vegas Showcase, Jefferson Cup, CASL Showcase, and others). Nadir was a staff coach for the Washington Freedom Super Y teams and took his team to the North American National Finals.
Nadir’s players have been selected for ODP teams at the State, Regional, and National levels, attended National Training Centers (camps to identify potential National team candidates), and participated on national team programs outside the US (including Iceland and Jamaica). Many of Nadir’s players have received recognition from The Washington Post being selected on the All-Met teams
Nadir is the Director of Total Futbol, a soccer training and coaching program based in McLean, VA. As well, he serves as a staff coach for the DC Elite Training Alliance and as an Assistant Coach for VYSA’s Northern District Olympic Development Program (ODP) Boys Academy. Nadir holds both a USSF "B" license and a NSCAA Regional Goalkeeping Diploma.
A Dallas native, Spencer grew up playing in a very competitive environment. He attended the University of Denver playing for the Pioneers soccer team. He began coaching during his senior year for Colorado United Soccer Club. He has been working with McLean youth soccer for the past four years. During that time he has worked with players in NSCL, Pre-Academy, Academy, WAGS, and ECNL leagues. He currently holds his Advanced National Diploma and National Youth License.
Marianna Sullivan grew up playing soccer in Connecticut and attended the US Coast Guard Academy. Since they had not yet established a Women's Program, she played for the Men's team and played with the US Military Academy Women's team on a semester exchange program. She has coached travel soccer in the DC area for over a decade, working with teams from U9-U18. She has a reputation for getting the most from her players and teams, taking them to success at higher competitive levels. Marianna coached HS soccer for three years at Bishop Ireton HS where she was honored as the school's Coach of the Year and as the WCAC Girls' Soccer Coach of the year in 2010. In McLean she also serves as Recreational Program Director, designing and implementing the popular U5, U6 and U7 Programs. Soccer is a family passion at the Sullivan's so Marianna still plays with her older daughter on local Women's and Coed teams, and follows her youngest daughter to Youth National Team events. Marianna holds the NSCAA Premier Diploma as well as the USSF C and National Youth Licenses.