A former professional goalkeeper and longtime member of the U.S. National Team coaching staff, Mellor became USL’s first national technical director in February of 2010. A staff coach with the United States Soccer Federation since 1992, Mellor manages the technical aspects of USL’s player development programs and assists USL teams in scouting, development and advancement of players.
A professional goalkeeper for two decades, Mellor played 17 years in the top three tiers of English professional soccer with Manchester City, Burnley, Fulham, Hereford United and Portsmouth, as well as a stint playing in the NASL in 1981 for the Edmonton Drillers. He also served as the England U-23 National Team goalkeeper from 1969-70. Mellor also played for Fulham against West Ham in the prestigious 1975 FA Cup Final at Wembley stadium in London England.
Mellor’s acclaim in the USA, however, is for his coaching. He joined the U.S. National Team staff in 1992 and became one of the foremost goalkeeping instructors in the United States. He has worked with every level of the US Men’s National Team program and was an assistant and goalkeeping coach with the U17 residency program from 1999-2003, and was an assistant coach for the 2000 USA Men’s Olympic Team which finished fourth in Australia. In 2003 Mellor then moved on to an assistant coach position with Real Salt Lake (MLS).
Among the players Mellor has identified or coached are Kasey Keller, Marcus Hahnemann, Brad Friedel, Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley, Freddy Adu, Oguchi Onyewu, Michael Bradley, Bobby Convey, Kyle Beckerman, Eddie Johnson, Santino Quaranta, Jozy Altidore and Tim Howard, whom he originally identified at age 14 in the ODP program.
Mellor has also worked with numerous players on the women’s side of the game, including starting U.S. Women’s National Team goalkeeper Hope Solo. He will be equally involved with the development of women’s players in USL’s W-League, Super-20 League and Super Y-League. Mellor designed and authored the curriculum for the first U.S. Soccer National Goalkeeping License for coaches.
What they’re saying about Peter Mellor
“Peter is a highly respected coach and educator of the game in this country and he has earned a fabulous reputation in the United States at both the youth and professional levels. Besides being an outstanding goalkeeping coach, he’s a dependable assistant coach and excellent teacher of the game. His experience should be invaluable in continuing the growth of USL.” - Bruce Arena, former US Men’s National Team and current LA Galaxy Head Coach
“Peter is one of the great gentlemen in soccer. I have enjoyed working with him over the years and know that he will push the level of the [USL] upward in his new position, which is great for all of us in the professional game. Peter knows soccer and is great to work with and as we share clubs in our past [Fulham FC] I know that his presence in the professional ranks is a bonus.” - Kasey Keller, former US Men’s National Team and current Seattle Sounders goalkeeper
“Peter has played a huge part in my development, not only at the youth level but in the pro ranks. His knowledge of the game and experience on and off the field has not only made me a stronger goalkeeper, but also a great professional.” - Nick Rimando, current Real Salt Lake and US Men’s National Team goalkeeper