OUR COACHING STAFF
President + Head Coach
Juan, DFA's Founder, is a local Silver Spring resident. His love for futbol began at the young age of 4. As a youth player, he played NCSL Travel with MSC and Bethesda Soccer Club. In his high school years, Juan played Varsity soccer at Northwood High School and then played at Montgomery College Rockville where his team made it to Regional Semi- Finals.
Juan has traveled overseas to play in Finland and Sweden. More recently, futbol took him to Costa Rica - where he brought home with him the passion to find and develop players who are undiscovered.
His career as a player led him to becoming a coach. He started District Futbol Academy - a club where not only it is his hope that players play at the highest level of competition but where he can give back to the community through his love for the pitch. He strives not only to cultivate a passion for the game in players but to provide mentorship to guide DFA players in being exceptional members of our community on and off the field.
He is currently the Junior Varsity Coach at Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD- Go Gators!
Sonia brings an extreme passion for the pitch and wholesome coaching to DFA. She played for Bethesda Chevy Chase High School. During her college years, Sonia played for University of Maryland Club Soccer - where alongside her teammates went to Region Semifinals. Notably, she was Team President and Team Captain.
Upon furthering her education after receiving her bachelors degree from UMD, she attended Montgomery College where she was Team Captain - she and her teammates were All-MD JUCO First Team Selection, NJCAA Division III Region XX Champions and All Tournament Team Selection.
Her soccer career took her overseas to play professionally for the Colombian Women's National Team, for FF Lugano 1976 in Lugano, Switzerland, EN THOI Lakatmia in Nocosia, Cyprus, CDE Racing Feminas in Santander, Spain and more recently for Lancaster Inferno in Lancaster, PA.
Luis has played on the pitch from the young age of 5. In his youth, he played NCSL Travel with MSC and Bethesda Soccer Club for over 6 years.
He then played high school varsity soccer at Albert Einstein where he was a 4 year varsity player, 2 year captain and helped lead his team to becoming the first ever class to win a division title. During his time with AEHS, he led in all time goals scored by a player. He was also named Montgomery County Senior All Star Game MVP.
Luis's love for soccer has continued on through his 3 children who are taking after him on the pitch. Luis played alongside Juan in their youth at Cristo Rey - one of the fondest memories you'll hear them talk about on the pitch after coaching.