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Player to Coach: Judah Cooks

By Evan Unger, 11/19/20, 12:15PM EST


Judah Cooks grew up in Bethesda, Maryland, where he attended Walt Whitman High School and was a three-time All American. During his youth career, Cooks was also a member of the US U17 Youth National Team and participated with the team in the 1993 FIFA U17 World Championships where they would reach the quarterfinals. Cooks would score four goals during the competition.

In college, Cooks would play two years at the University of Maryland being named All American before turning pro as one of the first players to sign with MLS Project-40. With Project-40, MLS would place Cooks with his hometown club DC United, where he would make 26 appearances and score two goals. After playing for DC United, Cooks would go on to play for Charleston Battery, Miami Fusion, Milwaukee Rampage and Atlanta Silverbacks. During his time with DC United, Cooks won the 1999 MLS Cup.

When speaking about his playing experience shaping him as a coach, Cooks stated, “My soccer journey has taken me all over the world, granting me great opportunities, friendships and relationships that I still hold dear today. I try to take bits and pieces from all the great coaching I had from youth to pro and incorporate them in my coaching style.”

Cooks is now the technical director of Washington Capital United. Cooks joined the club in February 2017  after serving as Director of Coaching for Weston FC in Florida. Returning home to coach, Cooks made an immediate impact with the club. As the coach of the 2005 Boys, Cooks led the team to a spot in the 2019-2020 USYS National League, where the team would finish with 5 wins and 2 losses against some of the top teams in the country. At the 2019 USYS Eastern Regionals, the team won all three of their group stages games before losing to penalty kicks in the semi finals.

Washington Capital United now has over 15 teams playing in EDP Leagues, with those teams looking to emulate what the 2005 Boys have accomplished on the regional and national level. 

On his experience in coaching in EDP Soccer leagues, Cooks commented, “We at Washington Capital have been very happy with the platform that EDP has provided for us with great leagues and tournaments up and down the east coast. We look forward to growing our club, players and staff with EDP!”