Joey comes to FC Boulder after two years as a Goalkeeping Staff Coach with the Colorado Rapids Youth Academy. Joey’s work with the Rapids included training and developing all levels of goalkeepers with his primary focus on the competitive side of the club.

Born and raised in San Diego, CA, Joey began his college playing career at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA before transferring to  Chico State University, where he finished his degrees in Political Science and Social Science. Following his college playing career, Joey spent two years with the the San Diego Flash in the NPSL.

Before moving to Boulder, Joey began his coaching career at a high school Cross Country and Track coach in Poway, CA.

Joey currently plays with the FC Boulder Men’s team and is a staff coach with the Core Goalkeeping Academy in Colorado. He has earned his Advanced National Goalkeeping Diploma from the United Soccer Coaches.

Contact Joey via email at: joey.vella@fcboulder.com