Rafael Soares - Director of Director

Coaching ExperienceCoaching in the U.S since 2003 he has served as a coach in the collegiate, high school and youth club level. Rafael has served as an assistant coach for Division 1 school San Jose State University Women’s Soccer (2014-15) and has earned NSCAA Mountain West Conference Championship in 2015. Prior to San Jose State University, he worked as an assistant coach Saint Francis High School and Washington High School. In addition, he has coached youth teams at Sunnyvale Alliance, FC Fremont,  Mountain View - Los Altos SC, and Palo Alto Soccer Club. Rafael currently holds the Goalkeeper Program Director role at Palo Alto Soccer Club and coaches the 05 Silicon Valley USSDA team. 


Licenses and Coaching Education - Rafael holds his USSF National B License and the National NSCAA Premier Diploma.

Playing Experience - Born and raised in the State of Rio Grande do Sul-Brazil, Rafael begun his professional soccer career in 1993, playing for Esporte Clube Novo Hamburgo, in the same city he grew up. From 1993 to 2002, Rafael played as a PRO-level goalkeeper for five different clubs in south of Brazil.

Personal Statement - I live in Gilroy-CA with my wife Patricia, daughter Luna and son Julian. I grew up following my father's steps on soccer fields every weekend for my entire childhood. Soccer has been my passion ever since I was a little kid. I was able to pursue my dream and play soccer professionally thanks to my determination and family's support. When I moved to US in 2002 I soon started my coaching career giving me the opportunity to share my knowledge, passion and experience to those whom I coach.