Jacob Tudela, Club Director
Jacob Tudela has been coaching soccer for the past eleven years with teams including Beach Futbol Club, Los Angeles United Futbol Club, Downtown Soccer Club, and South Bay Force. In addition to coaching at various club levels, he has coached at the Tudela Soccer Academy in both Indiana and Bolivia. At the professional level, Jacob head coached the 2 time Women’s league champion Pali Blues where he led an assortment of National Team and professional players. Jacob grew up in Indiana where he played for Keith Vonderegh at Evansville Reitz. Jacob was a four-year starter, a two-year captain and earned all-city, all-conference and all-district accolades. Following graduation, he played with eight time national champions and the Division One, number one ranked, Indiana Hoosiers (where he won a Big Ten Championship) and then professionally for Real Santa Cruz in Bolivia. Jacob declined an offer to play with the Los Angeles Galaxy reserves due to knee injuries in 2009 and presently resides in Los Angeles. As of 2017, Jacob has launched Tudela Futbol Club Los Angeles, where he stands as Club Director.
Chelsea graduated from UCLA in 2014 where she played for the NCAA Champions from 2010 – 2014, winning a National Championship in 2013-2014 season. Chelsea is now a Tudela Soccer Academy instructor and current coach for TFC. Prior to college, Chelsea was the captain for Woodside High School and her club team the De Anza Force where she led Woodside in goals and assists her sophomore through senior years. As four-year team MVP, she received the ESPN RISE All-American in 2009, was a four-time first-team all-conference selection, and was named Player of the Year and Female Athlete of the Year in 2010. Additionally, she participated in both State and Regional ODP teams, Scholar-Athlete Award recipient from 2007-09, and won three consecutive State Cup Championships (2008-10). Chelsea is currently the head coach for various teams at Tudela FC LA and coaching the TUDI Program, TFC’s youth academy training program.
Former professional soccer player, author, world record holder and public speaker, Jasmine Henderson is here to empower at TFC. Born and raised in an inter-racial home in Los Angeles, Jasmine has a unique perspective and eclectic background. Her life as a mom and career in soccer has allowed her to experience and gain a high level of leadership skills that transcend into all areas of life. She joined Equal Playing Field in setting a world record on Mt. Kilimanjaro by playing the highest altitude soccer game ever at almost 19,000ft.! The 30 women from 20+ countries set the record to take a stand for equality within women’s sports around the world. Jasmine played collegiate soccer at Fullerton and played professionally in Brazil. She now coaches various teams at Tudela FC LA.
Israel Sesay is a man who has experienced more at the professional level at the age of 26 than most players and coaches experience in a lifetime. The Sierra Leone native began his soccer journey as one of the youngest players in MLS history with the LA Galaxy. After playing with the US Youth National Team for two years, Israel signed with the Los Angeles Galaxy in August 2007. He became the youngest player in LA Galaxy history to appear in a game, at the age 17, and he played alongside the likes of David Beckham and Landon Donovan. Along with running clinics for professional organizations such as LA Galaxy, OC Blues, and others, he has also been coaching for Arsenal FC for the past three years. This past year, his two teams won four tournaments and were finalists in two others. He does this all while playing professionally for Ontario Fury of the Professional Arena Soccer League. We are very proud to have Israel on our Tudela FC LA coaching staff.
Bruno Meyer grew up in Brazil where he played futsal in the FPFS Futsal League. He then moved to the United States and played indoor for Tulsa Revolution during their 2014-2015 season and Ontario Fury in 2016-2017. During his 2017 season, he played for SoCal SC in the National Premier Soccer League. Bruno has national experience playing for Brazil’s Youth National Team and Professional Indoor for his country. Bruno is now coaching with TFC and heading the TFC futsal nights.
Leslie Suder has coached soccer at the university and youth levels for nearly 30 years. As the head coach at Georgia State, Leslie was tasked with starting the university’s first women’s soccer program. Prior to coaching, Leslie played for the U-19 national team and earned NCSAA High School All-American honors. She was a four-year starter at the University of Central Florida where she helped lead her team to multiple NCAA appearances and was a finalist for the Hermann Award, given annually to the best male and female collegiate player in the United States. Leslie played professionally during the mid-1990s for the Atlanta Magic, and as a member of the U.S. Women’s National Team player pool.
Born in Pasadena, Henry grew up in the local club system where helped lead his team to Southern California National Cup in 2010. He captained his high school team– Loyola High School of Los Angeles–to three consecutive league titles, earning All-State honors. Henry accepted an athletic scholarship to play for Northwestern University, where he was a four-year starter and captain his senior year. He helped lead the Wildcats to a Big Ten Championship and 3 consecutive NCAA tournament berths. In addition to his playing, Henry has spent the last three summers coaching soccer to the local youth of greater Chicago, in addition to working as a coach for the Northwestern soccer camps.
Jeff Vanhoy, Goalkeeper Coach
As a coach, he has 20 years of experience with teams from the U6 level to Women’s A-League. As a player, he trained and played competitively as a goalkeeper, ranking among the top 4 in the State of Indiana’s Olympic Development Program. He was recruited as the sole American to a Bosnian team in the Chicago Metro League in his late 20s. As a student of the game, he has witnessed first-hand the reach of the game throughout global culture and how it can be used to motivate other aspects of development. He endeavors to share this passion and the lessons learned from it with his players.
As a registered dietitian and former D1 athlete, Tudela FC LA is excited to welcome Julia to the program as the new Strength and Conditiong Coach.