As Player Development Consultant, Roushandel oversees franchise development and strategic partnerships internationally and domestically for USL. His addition to the USL staff in January of 2010, served as another example of growth and expansion for the leader of player development in North America.
“Massoud’s wealth of knowledge throughout the soccer world immediately bolsters United Soccer Leagues’ business development initiatives, said USL CEO Alec Papadakis. “Having worked with Massoud before, I am confident he will become an invaluable addition to USL on several fronts.”
Also a Head Coach in the PDL, Roushandel will provide support for all franchises currently under the USL umbrella. He will also look to expand the USL’s geographic footprint in the USL First Division, USL Second Division, PDL and W-League. His combination of playing experience, eye for developing elite soccer players and years of coaching high-level youth and PDL teams will contribute to the overall success of USL.
Prior to joining the Atlanta Blackhawks, Roushandel was a successful head coach with the PDL’s Augusta Fireball in 2005 and as an assistant coach in 2006. In their first official season he led the expansion Augusta Fireball into the playoffs with a roster that included a majority of the players from his 2002 USYSA National Champion Atlanta Fire youth team.
“Having enjoyed my time at the PDL team level, I look forward to working closer with United Soccer Leagues on the league level,” said Roushandel. “I have witnessed the high level of player development going on in USL first hand. I am certain we can successfully expand upon those values in the PDL, W-League and USL professional tiers.”
A success at the youth level, Roushandel will also be able to provide insight to USL’s vertically-integrated player development system, which begins at the USL Super Y-League level and continues up through the USL professional divisions.
Involved with youth soccer in Georgia for over 20 years, Roushandel is considered one of the most successful youth soccer coaches in Georgia soccer history. He has compiled a list of accomplishments that includes two National Champions, five Region III Championships and 13 State Championships in Georgia. Roushandel has helped to place dozens of players on NCAA Division I soccer teams, US Youth National Teams and in Major League Soccer.