Joe Cannon Hired as Head Coach of the Burlingame Dragons FC
The Burlingame Dragons are proud to announce the hiring of Joe Cannon as head coach. The local soccer legend and San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Famer had an illustrious playing career in Major League Soccer, twice being named MLS Goalkeeper of the year. Joe was selected four times for the MLS All Star team and was an All-American at Santa Clara University. Alongside U.S. National Team Legend Landon Donovan, Joe won the 2001 MLS Cup with the San Jose Earthquakes.
“I couldn't be happier for my longtime friend and teammate Joe Cannon. Joe cares deeply about the sport and the community and will be a tireless leader in his new role to help make the Dragons successful both on and off the field.” Landon Donovan.
Joe has multiple caps for the U.S. National Team, playing under World Cup coaches Bruce Arena and Bob Bradley. Joe has also played alongside several national team legends throughout his career including Kasey Keller, Chris Wondolowski, Tim Howard, and current Quakes Technical Director Chris Leitch.
“We are thrilled to announce Joe Cannon as our new Head Coach. Joe is an ambitious and highly motivated individual, with extensive experience playing the game at the highest levels and developing top talent in the Bay Area. He has experienced success at every level, and has a proven ability to develop players into world class soccer players. We are excited to continue the Dragons success with Joe as our head coach.” Jordan Gardner, President Burlingame Dragons.
Joe has strong ties to youth development in the Bay Area. He is currently the Executive Director for the Mountain View Los Altos Soccer Club and has been involved with the San Jose Earthquakes for the past several years.
"I am honored to represent the city of Burlingame, Burlingame FC and to be apart of the San Jose Earthquakes developmental pipeline." Cannon said. "I'm looking forward to working with future professionals of the game and competing in the PDL as we inspire the next generation of soccer stars here in San Mateo County."
"I'm grateful to Dragons Owner Nick Swinmurn, Team President Jordan Gardner, Quakes GM Jesse Fioranelli, and Quakes Technical Director Chris Leitch for giving me this opportunity and I'll be doing my best to apply many of the things I have learned in my career as my staff and I work with such a talented group of young players. The Dragons will be working hard this season to provide the Earthquakes and Major League Soccer it's next crop of professionals & being role models in the community." Joe Cannon.
The Burlingame Dragons FC continue to build off their success as one of the top development clubs in the United States, with six players drafted in the MLS SuperDraft in the last two seasons. Current starters Nick Lima (San Jose Earthquakes), Joshua Smith (New England Revolution) highlight a long list of Dragons playing professionally at home and abroad. The current Dragons roster is also stocked with future professionals, including youth U.S. national team members J.T. Marcinkowski and Amir Bashti.