Metro United Staff

George Hales

Club Director

George became Academy Director of Metro United after 5 years with the Washington Spirit, serving in multiple roles from the Assistant TD, DA HC and Reserves AC. He brings over a decade of experience coaching Youth Club, ODP, College Club, Super-Y, Public high school, Private high school, Futsal and DA teams in Virginia. George has completed the USC Premier Diploma, USC Futsal License and USSF A license. George also holds his M.B.A. and Bachelor degrees. In addition to coaching, George has spent the last 6 years working with a local communications company in Tysons; most recently in a director role within the customer success organization.

George looks forward to bringing his broad experience and passion for coaching to Metro United. George firmly believes that dedication and hard work contribute the development of successful soccer player and person. Under his leadership George aims to build Metro United into an elite soccer destination in Northern Virginia.

Spencer Henderson

Technical Director

Spencer has 14 years of experience coaching, and spent the last 9 years in the Northern Virginia area working with top DA and ECNL programs. He is an innovative and high energy coach experienced in developing players for the top environments in the country.

With a love and passion for the game, Spencer grew up playing in the competitive environment of Dallas, TX and went on to play Div III and Div I as a student athlete. He graduated from the University of Denver with a degree in History and Philosophy. He currently holds his USC Premier Diploma and USSF C license and will be pursuing his USSF B license in the upcoming year. Spencer will be using his passion for the game and significant experience as a coach and player to develop one of the top programs in the region.

Ismael (Izzy) Cotto

Director of College Placement

Izzy comes to Metro United having spent 15+ years working DA /ECNL and Div I College environments. He has the knowledge and expertise necessary to produce players for the top environments. In his role as Director of College Placement, he will support Metro United. players and families navigate the college placement process. Izzy has helped to develop numerous players who went on to reach NCAA Division 1, the NWSL, MLS, USL and their youth and senior national teams both in the US and abroad.

He is a high energy, passionate coach that loves teaching the game. He is originally from Long Island, NY, where he grew up splitting time between Long Island and Sicily.

Jonah Schuman

Director of Goalkeeper

Jonah has been coaching since 2001, working with players of all ages and levels. He has spent the entirety of his coaching career in the DC area coaching with DC Stoddert Soccer Club, Potomac Soccer Club, Howard Community College, St. John’s College High School and the Maryland and Virginia ODP programs.

Jonah enjoys the challenge of coaching in an elite-level environment and providing guidance to players as they strive to reach their soccer, academic and life goals. He recently obtained his USSF-A License and has his United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma.

Sascha Filippi

Technical Director - Futsal

Sascha Filippi is the owner and technical director of Premier Futsal Academy. Sascha comes to Metro United with a abundance of knowledge and experience developing Futsal players into technically and tactically strong soccer players. He believes in the value of teaching players how to creatively see and understand the game.

Sascha is the DC area’s most experienced Futsal coach, but also takes his role as mentor very seriously and wants to ensure he teaches his players lessons that transcend the Futsal court.

Coach Sascha’s Futsal experience started in Belgium. Before coming to the U.S. Coach Sascha played Futsal professionally in the First National Division of Belgium, as well as the First Division of France.

After his Futsal career ended, Sascha coached multiple Futsal national teams, R.D.Congo, France, and Catalunya. Sascha has also coached the Congo’s U-21 as head coach and their senior National Futsal team as an assistant coach.

As the head coach of the French U21 Men’s National Futsal Team, led the group to third and fourth place finishes in the two consecutive European championships. As coach of the French women’s national team, the squad was able to achieve 4th place finish at European championship. Additionally, he led the Catalunya national Futsal team to a world championship and subsequently to the quarterfinals of the Futsal World Cup.

Rich Landis

Assistant Coach

Rich is an accomplished soccer coach, business consultant, and father of two kids who played travel soccer in the DC Area. His coaching experience includes assistant coaching at the collegiate level, coaching in the youth and academy programs at two professional clubs (Real Maryland FC and Washington Spirit) as well coaching several premier level girls teams in competitive travel leagues.

Coach Rich has coached a player who went on to play on the US Women’s National Team member, a two-time Maryland High School Player-of-the-Year as well as players who were All-State and All-Conference high school soccer selections and many who played NCAA Division 1, 2 and 3.  

Rich is passionate about using soccer to help prepare young ladies to be successful in life. He has a USSF C License, a United Soccer Coaches (formerly NSCAA) Advanced National Diploma and will be soon pursuing his USSF B license.

Soraya Serra

Assistant Coach
Soraya comes to Metro United as a home grown soccer player turned coach. Playing soccer since she was 8 years old ; it’s the sport she loves most. Her early on experience includes playing Club, Varsity and ODP through her adolescent years. When it came to selecting the perfect school, the Division 1 Soccer Program at Longwood University made the decision easy. 
As a coach, Soraya brings the knowledge and experience that a young female player can learn from when evolving their soccer career to the collegiate level. She has coached alongside Coach George for a number of years; including at the Washington Spirit Academy, where they were honored to work with athletes who went on to commit to collegiate soccer programs of all divisions. Coach Soraya values the ability to work with young ladies in order to shape them into the best all around person and athlete they can be.

Coaching Assignments

2008-09: Henderson

2007-06: Hales

2005-04/03: Cotto

Recent News

Upcoming December ID Sessions

Metro United is partnering with Premier Futsal Academy for the winter futsal season to participate in regional and national events. Sign Up for Metro United ID Sessions on December 11, with special guest Joanna Lohman.

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