Kelly Gray grew up in San Jose and has always been an avid fan and player of the game of soccer. After playing club soccer in the South Bay Area, he graduated from Leigh High school and went to the University of Portland on a soccer scholarship. While at Portland he was coached by the great soccer legend, Clive Charles. Clive taught Kelly that soccer was about developing the whole player. He didn’t just care to make his players great on the field , but he cared to make them great off of it as well. Clive’s influence led Kelly to be an All-American in 2001. It was also his influence that helped Kelly become a member of the 2001 U-20 Men’s National Team and a starter for the US at the 2001 Youth World Cup in Argentina. He was the captain of the U-23 Olympic team leading up to qualifying for the 2004 Olympics in Greece. From there, he was drafted #5 in the MLS Superdraft to the Chicago Fire by Bob Bradley. He played professionally for the Chicago Fire, San Jose Earthquakes, Houston Dynamo, Colorado Rapids and LA Galaxy. He won the Supporters Shield (Best team in the league) in 2003 and 2005 and won the MLS Cup in 2006. He also won the US Open Cup in 2003.
After his MLS career, he began coaching competitively and has been for 14 years. He holds a USSF A license. He has been a technical director and director of coaching as well. Kelly has always had a dream to create a club where the culture is about true development, just like his mentor Clive Charles did. True development is about developing children on the field through technical, tactical and mental skill work but also developing them off the field by teaching them life skills such as: confidence, camaraderie, discipline, and passion for the game. He believes that every child should be able to play this game regardless of their economic situation and that by focusing on development, children will always win.