TFC Staff

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. 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.

Amilcar Castro, Technical Director of TUDI

Tudela FC LA is pleased to announce that Amilcar Castro will be joining the club as a coach and as Technical Director of our TUDI program for the development of players from age 6-8. Amilcar’s love of soccer started as a player in the streets of South Central, and his passion for learning and teaching the beautiful game has taken him from a park at 41st and San Pedro to fields around the world. For the last 20 years, he has been one of the most sought-after coaches in Texas, developing nationally-recognized teams with skilled, creative players. His focus on setting an example for young players, showing them that expectations are meant to be exceeded, is perfectly aligned with TFC LA’s philosophy. We’re happy to welcome him and his family back home to Los Angeles.

Gerson Dos Santos, Technical Director of Futsal

Gerson Santos is a former indoor and outdoor professional soccer player originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil. After playing futsal and outdoor soccer for several teams in Brazil such as Corinthians, Juventus, Foz Cataratas, he came to United States on a full scholarship to play for Virginia Commonwealth University in 2006, graduating in 2009 with a bachelors degree in Public Relations. During his time playing for VCU, Gerson made the First Team Colonial Athletic Association in 2007 and was the MVP Nike Alltel Tournament. In 2008, he was chosen as the VCU Men’s Soccer Player of the Year. After college, he played soccer professionally for the Richmond Kickers from 2009-2012, winning the USL Championship in 2009. Gerson also played professional indoor soccer for the Norfolk Sharks in the MISL, making the Rookie Team of the Year in 2011. Since retiring from his professional soccer career, Gerson has coached both the Richmond Kickers Elite outdoor and futsal teams. He also was the head coach for the Richmond United Academy futsal program from 2013-2017.

Chelsea Braun

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.

Jasmine Henderson

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.

Leslie Suder

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.

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.