More About Our Team
Youth Soccer International is founded by former professional players, athletes, and educators from around the world, including USA, Spain, Honduras, and Chile. Our founders are passionate about the beautiful game and want to pass on that passion to the next generation. It is our core belief, and the reason we love the game so much, that soccer is a vehicle by which so many important life lessons can be learned such as teamwork, good sportsmanship, healthy competition, mutual respect, commitment, integrity, and responsibility. Our instructional approach is modeled after these values - we believe in competition but not at the expense of our players emotional well-being. We want, more than anything, for our players to enjoy playing soccer and build their confidence on and off the field!

Team Members

Joaquín Uribe "Kini"

Joaquin developed as a player throughout the farm systems of various professional soccer teams in Spain. Since moving to the USA at the age of 20, Joaquin has, and continues to play on various competitive amateur teams and leagues in Chicago. He is currently the Head Coach of the Boys’ and Girls’ Soccer Teams at Alcott Elementary School in Chicago, and prior to that, he coached the boy’s soccer team at the Lab School of the University of Chicago. Joaquin is certified by the US Soccer Federation as an “E” Licensed coach. Prior to pursuing his life-long dream of becoming a soccer coach and mentor, Joaquin was a lead engineer for a large manufacturing company in Chicago. He obtained his Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

José Piña "Peco"

José "Peco" Piña grew up in Chile and has played soccer all his life. He holds that South American passion for “the beautiful game.” In Chile he played at college level and until recently, he played at the highest amateur level in the State of Illinois. In 2011, Peco graduated from the Masters of Sports Administration program at Northwestern University. In 2012 he obtained his Coach License with the Illinois State Soccer Association (ISSA), and he completed his certification with the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA) for coaching children of the U-10 and U-8 divisions. Peco is certified by the US Soccer Federation as an "E" License coach and also a FA/CPR/AED certified. Peco is the co-founder of Funfundamentals, a former CPS after-school provider, serving more than 300 students between 2012 and 2014.

Rolando Paz "Rolo"

Rolando Paz grew up in Puerto Cortes, Honduras, and moved to New York City at the age of 14. He played for multiple amateur teams and leagues at competitive levels. He was named “Rookie of the Year” his first year playing for City College of New York (CCNY) and was MVP for 3 consecutive years. In 2002, he was inducted into the CCNY Athletic Hall of Fame. In 2002, he traveled to Portugal to compete against teams from Norway, England, Portugal and Sweden. While living in New York City, he had the opportunity to coach children with special needs in a summer program in the Bronx and a women’s team in Manhattan. Rolando is certified by the US Soccer Federation as an "E" License coach and he also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Graphic Design from CCNY.


Gabriel Millan Velez

Gabriel’s passion for the game of soccer started at the age of three in his ...

Hector Hernandez

Hector grew up in Venezuela and has been involved in soccer all his life. ...

Michael Alpogianis

Mike grew up playing club soccer in the north suburbs of Chicago for teams like ...

Tobias Blättler

Tobi grew up in Boston, where he played soccer throughout high-school. After ...