"I know personally the impact soccer has on, and off, the field, and its ability to bring people together. I also recognized the need for change and innovation in the American youth soccer experience. That is why I started DV7 soccer, and also why I invested in LeagueApps. I've seen the impact of the LeagueApps platform as it powers DV7 operations both in the U.S. around the world. I've also seen LeagueApps' commitment to their mission and to their customers, as they build a community of forward-looking sports organizations. The launch of the Soccer Advisory Council is the latest example of how LeagueApps is shaping the future of the sport. I'm excited to be teammates in our efforts to grow the game and impact kids and communities."
- David Villa
The Soccer Advisory Council (SAC) brings together leading organizations in U.S. youth soccer today to provide expertise, best practices, and thought leadership for the industry. SAC members directly advise LeagueApps on how to create the best platform, tools, and services to enable soccer organizations to succeed.
Interested in becoming a member of the council? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
LISA FRATES | BETHESDA SOCCER CLUB
BETHESDA SOCCER CLUB
A graduate of St. Lawrence University, Lisa spent six years as the executive director of the Utah Lacrosse Association and served on the US Lacrosse national board of directors and several other non-profits in sports and the arts. In 2014, she was hired as the manager of the Salt Lake Regional Athletic Complex where she oversaw construction and opening of the 200 acre, 23 million dollar facility. She took the helm as the Executive Director of the Bethesda Soccer Club in the fall of 2018.
Bethesda Soccer Club is the premier youth soccer club in the great DC and Maryland area, with 65 boys’ and girls’ teams competing across the region. Bethesda teams have had a long history of success, from Academy and ECNL level play to top-level league play as well as tournaments and state and regional cups. The Club also has an extensive pathway to college program that prepares players to compete at the next level.
DAVID GUERRA | DV7 SOCCER ACADEMY
DV7 SOCCER ACADEMY
After several years in the business of sports and entertainment, David came to New York to open the La Liga office. He is the current head of DV7 Group USA and an advocate of the values of sport. David is always ready for a pick-up game.
The DV7 Soccer Academy is a network of international youth soccer clubs led by David Villa, former World Cup winner and Spain’s all-time leading goalscorer. The organization’s mission is to teach children around the world how to play soccer using the DV7 method. The methodology allows players to develop soccer skills while fostering personal values on and off the field.
NICK MULVANEY | CHICAGO CITY SOCCER
CHICAGO CITY SOCCER
After growing up in Dublin, soccer took Nick to Mississippi, Louisiana, Illinois, Chester, and London as a player. As a coach, he’s worked with kids as young as three years old, through high schoolers and semi professional athletes. Nick has also worked with kids and adults with disabilities and supported numerous organizations with coaching education.
Chicago City Soccer Club is a youth soccer organization providing families throughout the Chicagoland area with a holistic soccer experience through a caring and invested coaching staff.
DAN GARGAN | LOU FUSZ ATHLETIC
LOU FUSZ ATHLETIC
Dan grew up in Philadelphia and attended Georgetown University. Leaving college early, Dan began his 12-year professional career being drafted by the Colorado Rapids. He went on to play in over 200 professional games, highlighted by two Canadian Championships with Toronto FC and a MLS Cup championship in 2014 with the LA Galaxy. Dan is now the Vice President and Managing Director of Lou Fusz Athletic.
Lou Fusz Athletic is the premier youth sports club in the greater Midwest, servicing young athletes in soccer, lacrosse, and football. LFA’s teams train and perfect their craft at world class facilities in St. Louis, MO; where they house over 200 competitive teams and host over 40 weekend events annually.
DEAN ATKINS | ATLANTA UNITED FC
ATLANTA UNITED FC
Dean is the Director of Coach Education and Development for Atlanta United. Originally from High Wycombe, England, Dean has spent the majority of his career on the East coast of the United States. After stints with Wycombe Wanderers Football in the Community and New York Red Bull’s Youth Programs, Dean joined ATL UTD to build out their youth sports initiatives from the ground up.
Atlanta United joined Major League Soccer in 2017 and won the 2018 MLS Cup in just its second season of existence, the earliest an expansion team has won the title since 1998. During its inaugural season, Atlanta became just the fourth team in league history to qualify for MLS Cup Playoffs in its first year. The club has set multiple league records including season tickets sales (36,000-plus), single-game attendance (72,243), single-season average (53,002) and total home attendance (901,033). Owned by one of the city’s most influential businessmen and philanthropists, Arthur M. Blank, and led by club President Darren Eales, Atlanta United plays its home matches at Mercedes-Benz Stadium.