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Juan Porras

In His Own Words

I think I fell in love with soccer the first time I touched a ball. I can’t remember a time when I didn’t adore the game, and it’s hard to find a photo from my childhood where I’m not cradling or kicking a ball. I often see a little brother or sister on the sidelines of a sibling’s game, longingly watching the action, a ball tucked under one arm. When this happens I make eye contact and point to my feet, and before I know it those kids and I are passing that ball back and forth. Not a word is spoken, but the smiles on their faces say it all. The language of futbol is powerful and pure, and those interactions represent the joy the game has brought me for my entire life. Every single time I step on the field and breathe in the scent of the grass, the sensation I had when I first came into contact with a ball, that love, is renewed. 

Coaching History

Star Academy - Director of Coaching
De Anza Force (3 years)
NorCal Assistant Director of PDP (player development program)
Burlingame Soccer Club (10 years)
Master courses for youth development: Fiorentina (Italy), Benfica (Portugal)

Coaching Successes

Seven regional tournament victories with Burlingame Soccer Club (head coach)
National Championship with De Anza Force U15 girls (assistant coach)
Surf Cup finalist with De Anza Force U13 Girls (head coach

Playing History

Argentina First Division (Velez, San Lorenzo, All Boys, Los Andes
Mexico 1A

License: USSF C
*Recipient of the Robert McNulty Award for Coaching Excellence (out of 80 C-license candidates)

"Soccer Tours Abroad"

Futbol Abroad participants travel to countries around the globe and experience a professional training regimen, featuring world-class training and top-notch competition.

  • “Juan is not only an awesome technical coach with a vast knowledge of the game but also, he has a phenomenal energy during training that channels a lifelong passion to his players.”

    — Fiona Killigrew, Burlingame, CA

  • “Futbol Abroad was the most well organized and amazing learning experience I’ve seen in terms of domestic or International Soccer Camps. Their attention to detail and upmost regard for safety makes them the absolute best.”

    — Silvio Bastida, Parent