The DSD Team

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Sean is the Founder of the Daily Soccer Digest and shamelessly obsessive over the beautiful game. Before he could walk he had a soccer ball at his feet, thanks primarily to his father who played for his country's national team prior to moving to the United States. Sean played all throughout his youth, was recruited & played four years of NCAA D1 soccer at Providence College, started a premier men’s amateur team (Southie FC), but still can’t get enough. He wholeheartedly believes soccer translates to the entire world and brings people from diverse backgrounds together. His three favorite soccer-related books are "I am Zlatan", "Gerrard: My Autobiography" and "Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography".

-Sean Bakhtiari, Founder (

Nick Barron, DSD Chief Editor

Nick is a brazen supporter of the U.S. Men’s National Team and a proud supporter of the U.S. Women’s National Team. Nick comes to the DSD with a focus on the global significance of the game. Nick played at Bates College, where, as a center back for a bottom-of-the-table team, he also studied the art of conceding goals. He spent a year in South Africa working with Grassroot Soccer, an international youth-development non-profit. While living in Kimberley, South Africa Nick signed with a small fourth-tier team, MFI Celtics.  His passion for the game is inspired by the universal language of soccer, which has allowed him to work and play with incredible people from all over the globe. He can usually be found playing the game, watching the game, reading about the game, writing about the game, talking about the game, dreaming about the game, or eating. 

- Nick Barron, Chief Editor (@foot_thoughts)

Chris Valence

Chris is the Daily Soccer Digest lead developer. Always a sports fan, Chris’s true love for the game came when his youth club took a trip to England. For the first time he attended a live Premier league match in Liverpool and Manchester and he was amazed by the passion and desire that these cities had for their club. Chris played youth soccer before giving up the sport in college to focus on track but he continues to play the game he loves with Southie FC, a top men’s amateur team in the U.S. Among Chris’s favorite books are “The Miracle of Castel di Sangro” by Joe McGinniss and “How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization” by Franklin Foer. He is the lone Everton supporter in the DSD team.

- Chris Valence, Lead Developer (@cvalence15)

AJ is Daily Soccer Digest Head of Growth. He was 5 years old when it all started. After a failed attempt at a tee-ball career he made the switch to soccer and played every chance he could get, including 4 years at Providence College. Born in Florida, educated in Rhode Island, studied in London, worked in New York City and now living in Chicago, AJ is constantly surrounding himself with soccer fans from around the world. His passion for watching the game started while he was working in marketing for Brentford Football Club in London, UK. The moment the first Millwall fan’s beer bottle flew past his face in "Green Street Hooligan style", he realized there is more to this game than just a ball and two goals and he believes the DSD will help to invigorate & spread passion among all types of soccer fans. “Soccer isn't the same as Bach or Buddhism. But it is often more deeply felt than religion, and just as much a part of the community's fabric, a repository of traditions.” – Franklin Foer, How Soccer Explains the World: An Unlikely Theory of Globalization.

- AJ Brown, Head of Growth (LinkedIn)

Charlie is a writer for the Daily Soccer Digest and a 2016 graduate of the University of New Hampshire. He has always been involved in soccer played at the NCAA level for Emmanuel College in Boston his freshman year before transferring to UNH where he coached the JV Boy’s Soccer Team at St. Thomas Aquinas High School. Upon graduation, Charlie moved to Roanoke, VA where he currently works as a Group Sales Account Executive for the Salem Red Sox. Charlie is a life-long Arsenal fan, and casually supports the New England Revolution, Schalke 04, and Real Betis. The ex-UNH Wildcat's favorite player is Jack Wilshere, whom he hopes will return to Arsenal and die the Gunner that he truly is.

- Charlie Umland, Senior Writer (LinkedIn)


Conor is a writer for the Daily Soccer Digest and a student at Northeastern University. His passion for the beautiful game started as a fan but he has begun playing consistently at school. While he admits he might not be the best player, you can always find him involved in futsal at the gym or starting a game of pickup at the park. Conor’s love of the sport initiated from his Argentinian grandfather and he has been following the Argentinian national team ever since. Keeping with the sky blue tradition, and being a fan of Argentinian striker Sergio Aguero and defender Pablo Zabaleta, Conor has become a die-hard Manchester City supporter. Furthermore, as a New Yorker, New York City Football Club is his club of choice here in the states.

- Conor Lundy, Senior Writer (LinkedIn)

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