DIRECTOR OF COACHING, U17 HEAD COACH
Matt Arrington was born in Washington, DC and grew up in Bethesda, MD. He speaks English and Italian. Arrington previously worked for five years as an assistant coach with Howard University Men’s Soccer, and two years as a first team scout for the Seattle Sounders. In his first season as Head Coach of D.C. United’s U15s, the team qualified for the MLS Next Playoffs and made it as far as the quarterfinals of the competition. Arrington formerly played at George Mason University, followed by time in Italy with San Paolo Ostiense and ASD Pro Calcio Cecchina.
He currently holds a USSF ‘A’ License and has spent time abroad learning alongside staff at ACF Fiorentina (IT), Latina Calcio (IT), Virtus Entella (IT), FC Nordsjaelland (DK), and Right to Dream Academy (GH). Arrington continues to stay close to the D.C. soccer community, volunteering time and working closely with the Open Goal Project, providing soccer opportunities to underserved youth in the D.C metropolitan area.
Favorite Player/Coach: “My favorite player growing up was Samuel Eto’o. I was always inspired by his workrate in and out of possession, his relentlessness in running at defenders with the ball at his feet, and his undeniable scoring ability. I always felt he was somewhat overlooked playing alongside players like Ronaldinho, Deco, Xavi, and Iniesta. Even though they had the exceptional vision and ability to create scoring opportunities, they needed a player like Eto’o with the intelligence, timing, confidence, and skillset to turn those opportunities into goals.”