Rafael Velazquez

Coach “Rafa” Velazquez joined the Cardiff Mustangs staff after being recruited by DOC Kraig Chiles through his training with the San Diego Sockers 2, where he began playing in San Diego after rupturing his achilles while playing with the Tacoma Stars. A graduate of the University of San Diego, Rafa played USD Men’s Club Soccer for three years, during which the team made it to the national tournament twice and were awarded 3rd place during one of their tournament runs; he returned to coach the team following as well.  Coach Rafa brings a love for Spanish-style possession soccer to all his teams, and is dedicated to providing our players with the technical and tactical knowledge they need for the Beautiful Game.

More about Coach Velazquez

  • USSF E license
  • Works in the healthcare industry as a nurse in addition to coaching
  • From Seattle, WA where he grew up playing club soccer for Norpoint Chivas FC ’86
  • Selected for the 2001 district three ODP team, and was a starting player for the Thomas Jefferson High School varsity soccer team all four years
  • Played for Seattle Wolves FC part of the PCSL/PDL
  • Trained with R.R.F.C. Montegnée in Belgium
  • Graduated USD with a degree in biology and Spanish