The DSD Team

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Sean is the Founder of the Daily Soccer Digest and is a huge fan of 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, founded his own men’s amateur team after graduating (Southie FC) and still can’t get enough. Unlike other sports, he truly believes that soccer translates to the entire world and brings people from all parts of the world together. His three favorite soccer books are "I am Zlatan Ibrahimovic", "Gerrard: My Autobiography" and "Alex Ferguson: My Autobiography".

-Sean Bakhtiari, DSD Founder (

Chris Valence

Chris is lead developer for the DSD. 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 Head of Growth & User Acquisition. 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 & User Acquisition (LinkedIn@brown_andrew

Justin Kahle

Justin is the Chief Strategist & co-editor. Justin met Sean in the summer of 2006 during summer pre-season leading up to their first full year on the Providence College men's soccer team and since graduating he has continued to pursue his passion through different coaching avenues both at the club and collegiate level. Currently, he is the head men's soccer coach at Northeastern University. His goals in life include looking half as crazy as Jurgen Klopp and finding a mix between Arsene Wenger's & Louis Van Gaal's tactical philosophies...

- Justin Kahle, Chief Strategist (@coachkahle)

Charlie is a writer for the DSD 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, Writer (LinkedIn)


Conor is a writer at 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, Writer (LinkedIn)

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