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BRAZIL SOCCER USA

Gerhard Benthin

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Biography

Recognized as a professional soccer coach, Gerhard Benthin has spent 25 years throughout the United States instructing in major Soccer camps, clinics, clubs, high schools, group and individual lessons. His knowledge and experience of coaching in both positions certainly sets him apart from other soccer coaches and has built a reputation of making soccer training simple, yet highly effective with intense practice. Coach Benthin's passion and love for the game is truly infectious. Through his career, Gerhard Benthin has been coaching at the highest level professional teams, such as L.A. Galaxy MLS, Brazil and the National Team U17.



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Professional Coaching Experience



CBF BRAZIL NATIONAL TEAM Boys U' 17 (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL)


  • Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach
  • 2007 Confederation Cup Champions Seoul, South Korea
  • 2007 South American Cup Champions Quito, Ecuador
  • 2006 Nike Friendlies Champions Portland, Oregon Worked under Edgar Pereira, Claudio Leal "Branco", Americo Faria
  • LOS ANGELES GALAXY (LOS ANGELES, CA)

  • MLS - Major League Soccer Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach for professional team Worked under Steve Sampson
  • VIOLETTE ATHLETIC CLUB (PORT PRINCE, HAITI)

  • Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach for professional team CONCACAF Cup - Kingston, Jamaica
  • FOOTHILL COLLEGE (LOS ALTOS HILLS, CA)

  • Men's Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach Worked under head coach Vava Marquez
  • SERRANO F.C. (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL)

  • Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach for professional team Division II State Cup Champions - Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Worked under Carlos Alberto Torres
  • Violette AC - Haiti Concacaf Cup

  • Jamaica: Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Trainer Worked under Carlos Alberto Torres
  • Internship Program

    Professional Licenses

      CONFEDERATION OF SOUTH AMERICAN SOCCER (CSF) Brazil National Team U'17 World Cup Qualification Certified
      BRAZILIAN SOCCER COACH ASSOCIATION (FIFA, CBF) RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Professional Licensed - Current
      RIO DE JANEIRO SOCCER ASSOCIATION (CBF, FERJ) RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL Professional Goalkeeper Coach Certified - Current
      SAO PAULO SOCCER COACH ASSOCIATION (FIFA, CBF) SAO PAULO, BRAZIL Professional Licensed - Current

    Additional Experience

    Youth Coaching Experience

    A Commitment To Teaching Proper Skills & Sportsmanship



    1. Soccer Instructor LA 84 FOUNDATION (LOS ANGELES, CA) Clinics for High School Coaches CROSSROADS SCHOOL (SANTA MONICA, CA)


    2. Boys & Girls JV & Varsity Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach FORCE SOCCER CLUB (LOS ANGELES, CA)


    3. Head Coach Girls U' 13-15 NORTH HUNTINGTON BEACH (NHB) (HUNTINGTON BEACH, CA)


    4. Head Coach Girls U' 12 AMERICAN GLOBAL SOCCER SCHOOL (AGSS) (LOS ANGELES, CA)


    5. Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach Director Worked under Afshin Ghotbi MANHATTAN BEACH HURRICANES SOCCER CLUB MANHATTAN BEACH, CA


    6. Head Coach Boys U' 16 Two Time Wolfpack Invitational Tournament Champions - Orange County SANTA MONICA SOCCER CLUB (SANTA MONICA, CA)


    7. Head Coach Boys U' 14 BRENTWOOD SCHOOL (BRENTWOOD, CA)


    8. Boys & Girls JV & Varsity Assistant Coach/Goalkeeper Coach REAL MADRID SOCCER CLUB (LOS ANGELES, CA)


    9. Boys Head Coach U' 16 LOS ALTOS HIGH SCHOOL (LOS ALTOS, CA)
    10. Boys JV Head Coach STANFORD SOCCER CLUB (PALO ALTO, CA)

    Professional Camps and Clinics Experience

    Taking The Game To The Next Level

    1. BRAZIL SOCCER USA (LOS ANGELES, CA) Technical Director/Founder Camps, Clinics, Team, Field Player, Goalkeeping Training


    2. VOLGELSINGER SOCCER ACADEMY (SAN DIEGO, CA) Soccer Coach - Nationwide Camps Worked under Hubert Vogelsinger


    3. STAR GOALKEEPER ACADEMY (SGA) (GLASTONBURY, CT) Goalkeeper Coach - Nationwide Camps Worked under Dan Gaspar


    4. COERVER COACHING (SANTA CRUZ, CA) Soccer Coach - Nationwide Camps


    5. No. 1 GOALKEEPER AND STRIKER CAMP (DANBURY, CT) Goalkeeper Coach - Nationwide Camps Worked under Joseph Machnik


    Professional Playing Experience

    A True Competitor

    1. VALLEY GOLDEN EAGLES (USL - United Soccer Leagues) Semi Professional Team Los Angeles, CA


    2. AMERICA F.C. (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) Professional Team & U' 20 Youth team


    3. AMERICANO F.C. (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) U' 20 Youth team


    4. SAO CRISTOVAO F.C. (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) U' 20 Youth team


    5. FLUMINENSE F.C. (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) U' 14 & U' 17 Youth team Two Time State Cup U' 14 Champions


    6. CARIOCA F.C. (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) U' 16 Youth team


    7. Two Time State Cup Futsal Champions C.R. Flamengo (RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL) U' 14 Youth team

    Our Mission

    • "The Beautiful Game"

      Our goal at Brazil Soccer USA is to provide the best soccer training possible, combining European discipline and Brazilian creativity. Our passion is to share with American youths the mastery and art of Brazilian soccer, "The Beautiful Game". We strive to perfect every move and technique in order for the players to control the ball with authority. Passing and controlling the ball are Brazilian strengths. Other hallmarks of Brazilian soccer are excellent technique and creativity. We feel that with the correct method of training, we can build soccer players who will realize their full potential on the field. Through our training method, we energize the players, share with the players our love for the game — and it’s contagious!



      • A Message From Our Founder

        Coach Gerhard Private Soccer Lessons

        "If your organization is serious about soccer and want to understand what it takes to be a great soccer player, with fun team-building activities, hard work, training and discipline, investing time in private soccer lessons will let you experience a great atmosphere that is dedicated to teach this amazing game with passion."



        Yours in Futebol,



        Gerhard Benthin, Technical Director Brazil Soccer USA

    Philosophy

    Brazil Soccer USA creates an environment where youth players learn to play soccer with a positive attitude following a well rounded soccer education that we design for all levels of players, ages 4 to 18. The training of Brazilian Soccer players places a strong emphasis on physical fitness and technical training – it is this emphasis combined with a unique creativity that places the Brazilian players among the best in the world. Our teaching blocks develop basic skills and techniques that, when mastered, each player will feel more prepared to train at a high level, always using the player’s instinct and creativity

    Testimonials



    Alberto Zarza President and Director Academias Cruz Azul USA

    "Prof. Gerhard Benthin has been a featured trainer for the youth players at Cruz Azul USA since 2007. His accomplishments with our players played a major role in the U-17 team's success at winning Cal-South’s LAFC Fall 2010 Championship. His training clinics are focused and technically challenging. He develops an excellent and immediate rapport with the players motivating them to their peak performance. He is by far the best trainer available in Southern California."



    Rob Lochner Head Soccer Coach Desert Academy - Santa Fe, NM "As a High School and Club Coach it became apparent to me early on that our community offered many recreational soccer opportunities in the way of camps during the summer but was lacking in any higher level clinical training for advanced soccer players. Bringing the "Brazil Soccer USA" program to our community was one of the best decisions we ever made. Gerhard's knowledge of the technical and tactical aspects of the game and his ability to teach them as well as instill discipline in our players of all levels has helped the success of our programs over the years. As a coach being able to observe and interact with the "Brazil Soccer USA" program has been invaluable to me as a coach. Gerhard's knowledge around the training of the position of Goalkeeper I have found to be exceptional. We look forward to kicking off our preseason with "Brazil Soccer USA" every year."



    Bob B. Long Beach,CA "My son has trained with several goalkeeper trainers. Gerhard was the 3rd trainer. He will be the last one! Training with Gerhard is harder than the other guys for sure but the results have been rewarding. Rich went from playing for a gold team to playing for the Cal South ODP team and fighting for a college scholarship. I really see the difference in his play and training. Rich says:” Gerhard is a beast” but truly Gerhard has turned Rich into a commanding keeper and a completely fit athlete. Next up is college soccer. Rich has a number of choices thanks to his and Gerhard’s hard work."



    P. P. Marina Del Rey, CA "Coach Gerhard kindly agreed to take up coaching my son, Constantin, and I can unequivocally say his game has improved by leaps and bounds. Coach Gerhard has been helping Constantin lay a solid technical foundation with dedication, patience and understanding and as a result, in a short few months, Constantin’s game is up to par with kids a year older than him. Consequently Constantin is a popular kid at school and all his classmates want him in their team. Coach Gerhard is not only a great trainer but a great person as well. We are very grateful to have come across Coach Gerhard for his devotion, professionalism and tangible results in Constantin’s game."



    Linda Rosen Manhattan Beach, CA "Both of my daughters have been training with Gerhard for a few years now. They play at the Gold & Silver Elite club levels. The technical aspects of the game, footwork, and skills Gerhard teaches have been invaluable for them. This year, my oldest daughter had the honor of being selected for the 2008 ODP (Olympic Development Program) - I know Gerhard's dedication and positive attitude training her played a large part in her successes. The best part is that they both LOVE training with him!"