When I look back at it, futsal and the 5-a side pickup games that I religiously had with my friends everyday, really was the foundation that prepared me for the opportunities I received to build upon on the full 11-a side game.
These opportunities included being recruited to a private high school for their futsal team. With this team, we were able to win 2 Mexican National Inter-Cuam Championships in a period of 3 years. What was more rewarding was that due to these results, 7 of us got the opportunity to sign with a 3rd Division Professional Team ‘Pioneros Cancun’. This experience was such an eye opener into the commitment and hard work that it is to excel and succeed as a full time professional athlete in a competitive country like Mexico. However, I would not trade it for anything as it allowed me to get paid to do what I loved the most, travel through out my entire Home-country and to continue playing with my best friends just like at the beginning of everything.
Continuing the trend, after my Professional playing days, I decided to explore my Canadian side (Mother is Canadian) and chose to attend the University of Saskatchewan and major in Civil Engineering. I wanted to continue my football development and I was able to play the full 5 years of CIS eligibility under Head Coach Bryce Chapman. At the beginning, I was very naïve as to what kind of level to expect from University soccer and the Canada West Conference. Looking back, this was such a challenging and rewarding experience all together. The level of soccer was much higher than I had expected, and it presented a variety of different challenges that really makes a person test their commitment, time-management skills and mental and physical limits. Again, playing at the U of S was an unbelievable experience that allowed me to get selected to represent Canada at two World University Games (2009 – Belgrade, Serbia & 2011- Shenzhen, China). More importantly, at this point is where I met some fantastic teammates, friends and mentors for life.
So in summary, in my eyes, Futsal was the foundation for everything. For me, “Futsal is pure joy, its instincts and it’s an expression of your natural abilities”.
Accomplishments as an Athlete
- Two time National Champion of the “Inter-Cuam” 5 – a side tournament in Mexico, (2004 & 2005)
- MVP and Top Scorer of Mexican National Champion side CUAM – Cancun in the “Inter-Cuam 5 – a side Tournament” (Mexico, 2005)
- Selected as 1 of 3 players from Quintana Roo Region to Attend National Scouting Camp of Mexican Profesional Club “ Atlas de Guadalajara (2005).
- Played 4 seasons for the Professional 3rd & 2nd Division team “ Pioneros Cancun” (2005, 2006)
- Member of the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Soccer Program (2007-2011)
- Member of the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Soccer Silver Medalists in the Canada West Conference (2010)
- Canada West Conference ‘ Second Team All-star (2007, 2008, 2010)
- Canada West Conference ‘ First Team All-star (2011)
- Canada West Conference ‘ MVP (2011)
- CIS Fist Team All – Canadian (2011)
- Huskie Athletics ‘Rookie of the Year (2007)
- Huskie Athletics ‘ Male Athlete of the Year (2011)
- Represented Canada as a member of the Men’s Soccer Team at the 2009 Summer Universiade in Belgrade, Serbia
- Represented Canada as a member of the Men’s Soccer Team at the 2011Summer Universiade in Shenzhen, China.
Accomplishments as a Coach
- Assistant Coach for the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Soccer Program (Canada West Conference Bronze Medalists, 2012)
- Assistant Coach for the University of Saskatchewan Men’s Soccer Program (Canada West Conference Silver Medalists, 2013)
- Co-Head Coach for the University of Saskatchewan Women’s Soccer Program (Canada West Conference Bronze Medalists, 2014)
- Academy Staff Coach for the Vancouver Whitecaps Club – Saskatchewan Academy Centre
- NCCP Introduction to Competition – Part A – Completed
- NCCP Introduction to Competition – Part B – Completed
- NCCP Competition Development (In process of Completion)
- CSA Soccer for Life Course – Completed