Santa Cruz Beach Soccer

Santa Cruz Beach Soccer Club: Board of Directors

Yuri Morales, President

Yuri Morales has been a member of the US Beach Soccer National Team since 2006. Morales grew up in Santa Cruz, California where he played soccer at Harbor High School. Yuri went on to play 4 years of NCAA Division 1 soccer at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and graduated with a degree in Sport Management. Morales' played professional soccer in Brazil and Denmark before returning to play in the US. In addition to Yuri's efforts to grow the sport of beach soccer in the US, he also serves as the Director of Soccer for America SCORES Bay Area, a non-profit organization that provides soccer and literacy after-school programs for at-risk public school youth in San Francisco.


Jevin Albuquerque, Academy Director

A native of Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz High), Jevin Albuquerque played soccer at UCLA and earned a degree in Latin American Studies. After playing professionally in Costa Rica, Germany, and the United States, Jevin began playing for the US Beach Soccer National Team in 1997. Albuquerque has since been a star of the US team and in 2009 he joined the US Beach Soccer National Team coaching staff. Jevin’s enthusiasm for youth development has led to a second career as a private and team trainer.


Brendon Taguinod, Technical Director

Brendon Taguinod is a member of the US Beach Soccer National team and is a nationally ranked Footvolley player. Taguinod played college soccer for the University of California at Santa Cruz where he holds the UCSC record for most career assists and led his team to the NCAA Tournament in 2000 and 2001.  He went on to play professionally with the Chico Rooks and the Indiana Invaders of the United Soccer Leagues PDL.


Carlos Izquierdo, Director of Coaching

Carlos Izquierdo is a High School teacher and Girls Varsity Soccer Coach at MACSA Charter High School in San Jose, California. Izquierdo has over 10 years of coaching experience spanning from the competitive arena of high school coaching to recreational camps. At MACSA, he developed a comprehensive soccer program, coaching the two boys and girls teams, and was instrumental in MACSA's acceptance into the Central Coast Section Championships for the first time in their history. Before MACSA, Izquierdo was a Coach and Director at Kidz Love Soccer - South Bay.