Joe Cannon

Executive Director, MVLA Soccer Club
07B Boca Jr’s Navy Head Coach

Joe grew up in Los Altos Hills. He played high school soccer for Saint Francis, and lead the team to a CCS championship in 1993. Joe played for one club all ten years of his youth soccer career, MVLA, under coach Alberto Montoya.

Joe played collegiate soccer at UC Santa Barbara for one year and then at Santa Clara University. Joe was part of the U17 USYNT player pool and has two appearances for the United States Men’s National Team.

Joe played professional soccer for 16 years. He played in the MLS for the San Jose Earthquakes, the Colorado Rapids, the LA Galaxy and the Vancouver Whitecaps. He also played a half season at RC Lens in the French Ligue 1.

Joe has many accolades, including being named Division I All American for Santa Clara University, being a MLS Cup Champion with the San Jose Earthquakes in 2001, winning Major League Soccer Goalkeeper of the Year awards in 2002 and 2004, being named to the Major League Soccer All -Star team four times, getting elected into the San Jose Earthquakes Hall of Fame, being named to the Colorado Rapids and San Jose Earthquakes Team of the Decade in 2006, being named Team Humanitarian of the Year in both 2000 and 2008, being part of the US Men’s National Team Roster for the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2003, and being elected to the Cal North (CYSA) Hall of Fame. 

Joe’s favorite soccer memories are winning the MLS Cup with the San Jose Earthquakes and winning the USYSA National Championships with his MVLA team under coach Alberto Montoya (along with his teammate Albertin Montoya).

Joe likes being surrounded by ambitious coaches who are also incredible people. Joe finds it humbling to see the dedication of his MVLA peers, and he learns from them every time he’s able to watch their sessions. Joe holds a USSF B Coaching License. 

As a young student whose parents never went to college, Joe never thought about playing soccer at the next level. When he was 14 years old, his soccer coach, Alberto Montoya, told Joe’s dad that Joe could get a scholarship to college if he kept working hard. That seed planted was the catalyst for Joe to work towards an amazing soccer career, and ultimately, a rewarding life. Joe feels so blessed and fortunate for Alberto’s words – it truly helped Joe understand the power a coach can have. Joe feels it’s his duty to give back to the players today.

Youth sports can be the catalyst for amazing memories and experiences that can shape the lives of the next generation. MVLA strives to be an incredible chapter in the lives of our players, and Joe is so grateful to have the opportunity to work with Albertin and MVLA’s incredible group of coaches as they work towards this endeavor. 

Outside of MVLA, Joe feels lucky to be married to his beautiful wife, Marisa, and to be the father of two wild and wonderful boys: Joey 7, and Chase, 3. If Joe can find time, he enjoys road biking and the occasional round of golf.