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Matt Drago.

Matt Drago

Hometown/first soccer experience: La Crosse, WI

Family: My wife Cathy, and kids Lucie and Ryan

Years of Coaching: 18 (Waukesha North, SC Waukesha, La Crosse Soccer Club, Carroll University, New Berlin West (current)

Favorite Team and why: Burnley – My great-great grandfather played for them (Jack Yates), and I feel obligated to call them my own.

Favorite Player and why: Sadio Mane – brilliant on and off the ball, incredible work rate, consummate team player.

Coaching Education: USSF National C, TOVO T1 (Barcelona)

Why did you start coaching? I was a Junior in college and didn’t have a soccer season on until the following fall, so I thought it would be a way to stay in the game in the offseason. I ended up enjoying it far more than I had expected.

Coaching Role Models/Mentors: I’ve taken bits from nearly every coach I’ve come across. Lati introduced me to Albert Capella’s trainings, which was instrumental in how I viewed the attacking side of the game, TOVO has heavily influenced how I present the game in training, and even talk about it with players or other coaches. Collaborating with the coaches at the WIAA all-star game the last two years was also outstanding to hear what other coaches are doing and how they deliver their message.

Favorite Coaching Memory: The 2017 season at New Berlin West, we had been working on not getting stuck on the side of the field the ball was on, or had just come from. We were in a counter attack and I was about to encourage our player to do what we had just worked on, but I decided not to say anything and let it play. He did the opposite of what I would have told him to do and we scored. Moral of the story; give advice prior to the game, but let the players play.

What are your hobbies outside of soccer? Reading about history, mainly English but some US. Also like music mostly from the 60’s and 70’s.

Favorite Book: The Talented Mr. Ripley

Did you play other sports growing up? I was much more serious about baseball growing up than soccer, I’m not completely sure why or when that changed, but I am all soccer all of the time now.

What is something people may never guess about you?: I love biographies on historical figures. My two favorites are Elizabeth Tudor and Abraham Lincoln.

street soccer

In our Street Soccer program, players have the opportunity to create their own teams, make their own calls, and unconsciously develop their technical and tactical awareness–all while expressing themselves with the ball at their feet. We believe players should be able to manage themselves and have the freedom to play, interact, problem-solve, innovate, and take ownership of their participation in the game. Teams are created the day of to promote diversity, and games are played without referees to reinforce positive conflict resolution techniques. Our I-Mentor coaches will supervise each field making sure that players and facilities are safe while maintaining a fun and challenging environment.

PSU’s Street Soccer is open to all 9U to 19U players. Our Old School Street Soccer is open to any parent, soccer coach, and their significant others. Bring the whole family!

Sign up required for waiver completion. But then just lace up and show up!

 

Fall Details

  • Fridays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8
  • Time: 5:00 – 6:30 pm
  • Location: Pewaukee Sports Complex

Rules

  • Games are 7 minutes long
  • Players must play within their age range
  • Sliding or going to ground is not allowed
  • There is no offsides, but all other soccer rules apply
  • There are no referees – players call their own fouls
  • Profanity of any kind is not allowed

Important Information

  • Games will be played by gender (girls vs. girls / boys vs. boys) whenever possible.
  • Players may be required to wear provided pennies (pinnies are washed in between sessions).
  • Cleats, shin guards, socks (covering the shin guards) shorts, and shirts are required.
  • Players may be asked to conform to specific guidelines (using hand-sanitizer, etc.) to support the safest possible environment for everyone.
  • Teams may be adjusted by PSU team members multiple times during each session, including during games.
  • Players are expected to play with great sportsmanship and consideration for their fellow players at all times.
  • PSU reserves the right to disallow the participation of a player (or players) in PSU’s Street Soccer program for any reason. Players who are disallowed from play may not participate in future Summer Street Soccer sessions.
  • Participants are highly encouraged to check the website for the field status prior to traveling to participate.
  • Signed waiver is required.