A former MLS coach with New England Revolution, Matt Driver has over 30 years in the industry as a professional player and coach in the UK, Germany and USA.
Having held several positions from Sporting Director to that of Head Coach in many of the professional soccer leagues in the USA, he has achieved an incredible track record of success. He currently holds the highest win percentage in several of these leagues such as, but not limited to, most winningest Head Coach in the USL between 1996- 2002 winning 4 Regional Championships, 1 Regular National Championship and 1 appearance in the National Championship.
This led to joining Steve Nicol as his First Assistant Coach and taking the New England Revolution from last place to first place that season as interim coaches. We then went on to the final of the MLS Cup only to lose out on a golden goal in overtime to the LA Galaxy. The coaching staff were recognized by their peers and awarded the MLS Coaching Staff of the year in 2002.
This success continued over the coming years for Matt, with various leagues awarding him with several other coach of the year and team operator of the year awards. Such as, but not limited to, USASA National Finalist and Region 1 Coach of the Year, WPSL Team Owner of the Year, and, Most Winningest Coach of the American Soccer League winning 4 out of the 5 American Soccer League Championships with the Philadelphia Fury.
After a short hiatus from coaching within the professional game in 2005 to 2007, Matt turned his attention to owning and operating several professional teams within the professional minor league systems in the USA. He quickly developed a reputation for building successful teams on the field and, more importantly, a solid reputation as a successful team owner and operator.
He is a serial entrepreneur having owned and operated over ten (10) Professional & Semi Professional teams within the USL, NPSL, WPSL, WPS, WPSL Elite and the American Soccer League and current owner of Philadelphia Fury, New Jersey Americans, and the Philadelphia Atoms FC.
Matt holds an A License from the United States Soccer Federation (USSF). In addition, he carries a Brazilian A License, a Scottish Football Association A-1 License, a National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Premier Diploma, and Advanced National Coaching Diploma. As well as being a former Director of Coaching at the State level and former National Staff Coach at the Adult level, Matt has influenced many coaches as a best selling author of books and several DVD’s.
More recently Matt founded Soccer Universities and Sporting Universities creating a truly unique opportunity for young players and athletes to continue on their pathway onto the professional ranks in their sport of choice without giving up a university education.
Former Pro Player with 18 years experience as a Professional Indoor Player/Coach with an illustrious career as a goalkeeper in professional indoor soccer in the USA. In addition, he has significant coaching experience including the National Team of Puerto Rico. For more on Chris’s experience and credential.
Inductee to the Baltimore Blast Hall of Fame (MISL/NPSL), MISL Hall of Fame, National Junior College Hall of Fame, South Jersey Hall of Fame
Former Head Coach and National Team Player for Puerto Rico USSF A License.
Former Professional Player with over 6 years at Aberdeen FC. SCO.
Former 1st team Assistant Manager with teams in the Scottish and English Premiere League.
Former Head Coach with Salgacor FC in India.
Ian Bishop is well known among soccer players and fans throughout the world as a member of three of the finest and most thrilling teams ever, Manchester City, West Ham and Everton, with over seven hundred appearances. He played in the U.S.A. for the MLS in 2001.
Great acclaim for player…
He’s just a complete footballer,” Fusion coach Ray Hudson said after the practice. “A blind man can see his quality, guile and talent and what a fulcrum for a team he can be — great control, lovely touch, great vision, great execution.”
Great acclaim for team…
“He made a massive contribution to our back-to-back promotions,” said Manchester City Manager Joe Royle in an interview on the team’s official web site. “His control, touch and awareness of the ball are immaculate and he is surely one of the best uncapped players in this country in the last ten years.”
Bishop played a key role in the famous 5-1 derby demolition of Manchester United side on September 23, 1989. His classic headed goal and glorious cross-field pass to set White racing down the right flank for the fifth goal – nodded home by Blues’ left-back Andy Hinchcliffe – sent Maine Road into raptures and elevated Bishop to cult status. He beamed: “That was a great day for everybody involved and is now part of City folklore.”
Ian Bishop was a creative midfield player with great passing ability who went on to become one of the most popular players ever to don the sky blue shirt in his two spells at Manchester City, being instrumental in helping the club to recover from the lowest point in it’s entire history. Born in Liverpool on May 29th 1965 he joined Everton straight from school in 1981, but following a short spell on loan at Crewe three years later he was released by boss Howard Kendall and joined Carlisle United, where he would spend the next four years. He was transferred to Bournemouth in July 1988 and one year later manager Mel Machin paid a reported fee of £725, 000 to bring him to newly-promoted City, having appeared in all four divisions of the football league.
Bishop decided however to try his luck on the other side of the Atlantic and in March 2001 he left Maine Road to sign for MLS side Miami Fusion, having made a total of 117 league and cup appearances in his two spells with the Blues.
In 2004 he went back to the USA to play for the New Orleans Shell Shockers before finally hanging up his boots at nearly 40 years of age and turning his hand to coaching at soccer schools in Florida.
Gerald R. Roberts
Gerald R. Roberts is internationally renowned as a Sports Science Coach, Athletic Trainer and Sports Industry Consultant. Gerald has presented seminars and workshops worldwide for some of the sports industry leaders such as Reebok, IMG academies, ITF Davis Cup Teams, Tennis Week and athletes of the WTA, ATP, PGA. LPGA, NFL, NBA, and NHL. Gerald`s personal involvement with NCAA National Championship Tennis Teams as well as US Open, French, Australian and Wimbledon Champions spans over 28 years. Many of these athletes are World Champions and Olympic Medalists in their respective sports. Over this span Gerald has managed and overseen sports complex operations for Villanova University, the City of Fort Lauderdale parks and athletic facilities (NFL Junior Player Development, Orange Bowl Youth Excellence Training YET program, Miami Dolphins Jr Football training camp).
- In 1976 Gerald was recruited and accepted an opportunity to play football at the University of Miami FL.
- In 1978 Gerald was appointed the coordinator of Athletic Training at the New York Institute of Technology.
- Northern Michigan University in 1980 accepted Gerald into the Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Science program and he was appointed as athletic trainer intern to the Men’s Ice Hockey & Basketball programs.
- Gerald studied and researched at New York University and Lenox Hill Hospital`s Institute of Sports Medicine and Athletic Trauma in 1982, focusing on the areas of Bio-Mechanics, Kinesiology, Pediatric Sports Physiology, Sport Orthopedic and Rehabilitation Therapy.
- Gerald was appointed coordinator of Sports Medical services at the Westchester County Medical Center / New York Medical College in 1983, also during this time Gerald served as Head Athletic Trainer for two local colleges.
- Gerald was personally hired by Nick Bollettieri in 1985 as the first Athletic Trainer /Supervisor Sports Science programs at the Academy. While at the academy Gerald was requested to assist in research and design of the strategic business and project planning for the IMG Sports Academy and NBTA in Bradenton FL.
- In 1987 Villanova University Coaches Rollie Massimino and Andy Talley, appointed Gerald as coordinator of Athletic Strength Training and Sports Science. Under Gerald`s direction a new Football strength training facility was designed and built.
- The Miami Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Group in 1990 retained Gerald to coordinate Athletic Training and Sport Medicine Services for Pro Sports Physical Therapy. Gerald was selected as President and Director of Miami Sports Science Institute found by Dr. Joseph Zagorski and Dr. Joel Schenkman. The Institute focused significant efforts on supporting the Bahamas Davis Cup Team over the next two years of the teams successful run to the world group qualifying against the United States Davis Cup Team. Through Gerald`s efforts the Institute supported the United States Tennis Association national team players and coaches during training camps and tournament preparation.
- Richard Williams Tennis Associates brought in Gerald`s expertise to design and implement an injury prevention program and improve on court movement. In 1997 team Williams planned 14 WTA tour events for Venus William`s first pro year. This dynamic program was designed for both Venus and Serena Williams, the program included all disciplines of Sports Medicine and Sports Sciences.
After many successful years on the professional tennis tour, Gerald focused his efforts on the next generation of phenomenal young tennis players at the Rick Macci Tennis Academy. Gerald also continued his programs and appearances with National Football League Junior Development Camps.
Gerald`s clinical and educational background in sports injury management, sports injury rehabilitation, exercise physiology, athletic training sciences, bio-mechanics, pediatric sport science and sports management / administration is extensive. Gerald has been a member of the American College of Sports Medicine, the British Academy of Sports Medicine, the American Athletic Trainers Association, the National Academy of Medicine and Federation of International Sports Medicine.
Monica Gonzalez is a pioneer in sports broadcasting, social entrepreneurship and sport diplomacy. Born and raised in Texas, Monica attained dual citizenship in 1998 in order to join the Mexican Women’s National Soccer Team. She participated in the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup and in 2004, she captained the TriFemenil to their first ever Olympic Games in Athens.
In 2001, Monica graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a business degree and the rare double honor of being named All-American and Academic All-American. She was drafted 11th by the Boston Breakers of the Women’s United Soccer Association (WUSA) and in her second season was named to the WUSA World All-Star Team. Monica was also named to the 2007 FIFA World All-Star Team and continued playing until the 2011 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Germany. It was then that Monica began her tenure as a broadcaster, specifically, as a studio analyst for ESPN’s coverage in the United States. She served as the sideline reporter for ESPN’s coverage of Major League Soccer (MLS) and the U.S.A Men’s and Women’s National Teams from 2011 until 2016, when she crossed over to Spanish language broadcasting, becoming the first woman to commentate the Men’s UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE an American broadcast (Fox Deportes). She was also a part of the historic coverage of the 2015 Women’s World Cup in Canada with Fox Sports and switched over to commentate the 2019 WWC with Telemundo in Spanish.
After living in Mexico City for 13 years, Monica recently relocated back to the United States to pursue her love of coaching, as an assistant with the Houston Dash. She spends most of her time running Gonzo Soccer Peace Foundation, a non-profit that takes soccer and life skills to girls in 15 underserved communities across the United States, Mexico and Colombia. It is this work that has taken her heart, and Monica continues to advocate to governments and corporations that sport, especially for young women, is a practical solution to break the poverty cycle, and in turn build safe and prosperous communities.
Steve Ralston currently serves as the assistant coach to the United States U-23 men’s national team. Prior to that, Ralston was both an assistant coach and interim head coach of the San Jose Earthquakes. He also spent four years as an assistant coach with the Houston Dynamo following his retirement from professional soccer. The Dynamo reached the MLS Cup Playoffs three times during Ralston’s tenure, including back-to-back trips to the MLS Cup Final in 2011 and 2012 and an appearance in the Eastern Conference Final in 2013.
A native of St. Louis, Ralston retired as the all-time MLS leader in assists (135), games played (378), starts (372), and minutes played (33,143). As a midfielder, he won the 2007 US Open Cup, the 2008 SuperLiga, and played in four MLS Cup finals for the New England Revolution. He was named an MLS All-Star seven times, the first MLS Rookie of the Year in 1996, and received MLS Best XI recognition three times during his 15-year career and is the only three-time recipient of the MLS Fair Play Award in league history.
On the international level, Ralston appeared 36 times for the United States national team and scored four goals, including the game-winning goal against Mexico on September 3, 2005, as the United States clinched qualification for the World Cup. He also represented the United States at the Gold Cup three times, including championship squads in 2005 and 2007.
Mike Conway spent the majority of his career with the Baltimore Blast, the ten-time Major Arena Soccer League Champions. His experience runs from playing to coaching to front office operations.
He was with the Blast modern era franchise since its existence in 1992. Conway played for the team in 1992-93 and was a mainstay in the front office from October of 1993 to his departure to the Fury in August of 2019. Arguably no one has worked as many years in a front office capacity in the history of indoor soccer. His hard work and dedication to the franchise and soccer helped make Baltimore the flagship of the MASL winning the MASL Earl Foreman Award in 2016-17 for Best Sales Team and the MASL Earl Forman Award in 2017-18 for Organization of the Year. In 2018 -2019 Conway served as Vice President of Soccer Operations. Prior to 2018 Conway served as Assistant General Manager from 2002 until September of 2018. During that time the team has won 9 titles and appeared in 12 Championships. Prior to 2002 Mike held titles of Director of Groups Sales, Director of Sponsorships and Sales, as well as Director of Community Development. Conway has a storied career in Baltimore soccer scene. He was born and raised in South Baltimore and playing his youth soccer on the legendary fields of Latrobe Park coached by the late Mike “Wibs” Woodard and Steve Zerhusen (formerly of the Tampa Bay Rowdies -NASL). He attended Cardinal Gibbons High School where he was guided by Roch DeFrances, where he held goal scoring records and was an All-Metro selection. He attended CCBC under legendary coach Pete Caringi where he was an All-JUCO, All Region and All American Finalist in 1988. He was discovered by iconic Blast Coach Kenny Cooper playing in the local indoor leagues in Baltimore and signed by the team in 1992. After his playing days with the franchise were over, Conway went on to win a National Indoor Championship with Baltimore Casa Mia’s in 1995. Until recently Conway was still involved at the youth level as the Assistant Coach of the Baltimore Bays 03 team which has achieved Regional and National recognition. He was also on the Board of Directors for the Bays. The family shares his love of the game – his wife Rebecca along with sons Caiden and Gavin will be found at almost every home game. Caiden formerly played for nationally renowned coach Kevin Healey with the highly touted Bays ’03 team. Conway and his family recently relocated to Middletown, Delaware and are excited to become part of the De/NJ/PA Community.