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02/16/2017

Men’s Soccer Adds Alex Yi to Coaching Staff

O'Donohue adds former UCLA All-American as an assistant coach.

Alex Yi enters his first season as an assistant coach with the Navy men's soccer program in 2017. Yi arrived in Annapolis after spending the last three seasons as the top assistant at the University of San Francisco.

"Alex Yi brings a great playing and coaching pedigree to our program," said O'Donohue. "Alex is an excellent recruiter, as well as on-field coach. We are very excited to add him to our coaching staff."

"I feel extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to join Coach O'Donohue's staff at the Naval Academy," said Yi. "It is, without a shadow of a doubt, the proudest moment in my young coaching career. I look forward to working with this incredibly hard-working and talented staff of coaches and players alike."

During his three years at San Francisco, Yi helped the Dons win 24 games and the program was 12-8-1 in West Coast Conference play. San Francisco had an overall record of 11-6-2 in 2014 and the team was 5-2-0 in conference play.

During Yi's tenure at San Francisco, two Dons received NSCAA All-Far West Region honors, four earned All-West Coast Conference First-Team honors and seven players were named to the all-conference second team.

Before his time at San Francisco, Yi served as an academy coach with the Los Angeles Galaxy for five seasons, working primarily with the club's U-12, U-15 and U-18 teams. In 2010, he helped guide the Galaxy's U-16 squad to an Academy National Championship.

Yi also was an assistant coach at the University of Dayton in 2008 and helped the team capture its first Atlantic-10 championship and NCAA Tournament berth.

Yi attended UCLA where he was named the Pac-10's Freshman of the Year and was a second team all-conference performer for the Bruins in 2000. He was also selected to Soccer America's All-Freshmen Team and was named one of Five Players to Watch by the Missouri Athletic Club. Yi was named to the NSCAA All-American Third Team and was a MAC Hermann Trophy nominee as a sophomore in 2001. Yi started 41 games in his two-year playing career at UCLA.

A former midfielder and defender, Yi played three seasons (2002-05) with Antwerp FC of the Belgian Jupiter League, a feeder club of Manchester United. He made his Antwerp debut against Club Brugge in 2002 and the next season was voted as the Man of the Match for his outstanding play in a game against Mons-Bergen.

Yi was picked up by FC Dallas in an MLS weighted lottery in January 2005 and went on to play three seasons with FC Dallas. Yi made his MLS debut on Sept. 24, 2005 with a start against San Jose.

As an amateur, Yi was a member of the U-17, U-20 and U-23 U.S. Youth National teams and started all five games during the 1999 World Youth Championship in New Zealand, helping the U.S. team finish fourth. He also played in all three games during the 2001 FIFA World Youth Championships held in Argentina.

Yi earned a total of 57 career caps with various U.S. youth national teams, including six with the U-23 team, 12 with the U-20 team and 39 with the U-17's. Yi made his international debut with the U-17's against Mexico on Feb. 13, 1998.

Yi has strong roots in the Maryland area and attended McDonogh High School in Owings Mills, where he earned All-Met and all-county honors in 1998. He was a Parade All-American in 2000 and a two-time NSCAA All-American. He played club soccer with FC Potomac with future MLS players Kyle Beckerman and Oguchi Onyewu.

Yi was also part of the inaugural class of the U.S. Soccer Federation's Bradenton Academy, along with players such as Landon Donovan, DaMarcus Beasley and Onyewu.

His father, Kyom Yi, played for the South Korean national team on the youth level.

Yi holds a B License from the United States Soccer Federation.

Yi earned a bachelor's degree in history from UCLA.

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