Gonzalo Obando

U12 boys Academy, U12 boys Classic

Coaching Experience:

  • Coaching license: USSF D
  • Years of coaching experience:
  • U12 Academy & Class (2020 - Present)
  • Towson University Tigers (2021 - Present)
  • U18 Toca Juniors FC (2020-2021)
  • The Heights School Varsity (2020)

Youth Playing Experience & Awards:

  • Played at youth clubs Bethesda SC and Olney SC
  • 4-year Varsity soccer starter at The Heights School
  • Played academy football at the RIASA Academy in Leeds, UK and also at semi-professional club Eccleshill Unite

Collegiate/Professional Playing Experience:

  • The Heights Varsity Soccer MVP (2010 and 2011)
  • Competed and won several prestigious youth tournaments such as the Disney Showcase (Champion), Dallas Cup and Maryland State Cup (2x finalist)
  • Gonzalo's Olney Rangers U15 club team reached a GotSoccer Ranking of #1 in the Nation in 2010
  • While playing in Europe Gonzalo was selected to play against several top academies such  as Manchester City, Real Sociedad and Leeds United, along with several other EFL Championship academies.

Favorite team:

  • Peru National Team
  • Juventus
  • Manchester City

Hobbies:

  • Watching sports
  • Music
  • Cooking / BBQing

Why did you choose to become a coach?

I chose to become a coach because I love the game of soccer. I want to help players improve, reach their goals and most importantly help them fall in love with the game just as I did as a young kid.

What do you enjoy about coaching?

I enjoy the thrill of seeing a player improve over time and a team working together to play exciting, attacking soccer. I enjoy being in a team environment where friendships are formed and being challenged in competition.

How do you hope to inspire your players?

I hope to inspire players through my actions and way of being, so as to prepare them for life through lessons in sport. Being creative, having passion, working smart and treating others with respect are things I value deeply and hope to transmit to all the players.

Gonzalo Obando