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I am a Bolivian native, born with a soccer ball at my feet! As a coach I believe Futsal is a balance of technique, skill and having a calm approach to the game. My passion comes from the love and devotion I have for the sport. I strive to create a positive and safe environment for every class. I am available for all ages and skill level.

I love the minute details that are key to succeed in Futsal. These are attributes that separate the good from the great at the competitive/professional level. I come from a place of phenomenal athletes and very technical players. Never did I come across a game where you must be complete in all areas to be successful. I believe Futsal challenges players to be creative, confident, intelligent and technical. I am excited for the growth of Futsal in the States, especially right here in Portland!

Coaching Experience:

  • U.S. National F,E,D lincense
  • 7+ Years coaching ages 4-18 YRS (WUFC, Crossfire OR)
  • 2016 State Cup Champions w/ Crossfire Oregon
  • U.S. Futsal San Jose Regionals 4th Place – RCF 07 Girls
  • U.S. Futsal San Jose Regionals 4th Place – RCF 05 Girls.

Playing Experience:

  • Youth Clubs – Maui Strikers, Honolulu Bulls
  • ODP Hawaii state team 2003/2004
  • Pacific University 2009 – 2012 Men’s Soccer
  • North West Conference Champions 2010
  • NCAA DIII Nationals appearance 2010

Coaching Experience


  • USSF National E Licensed Coach
  • 7+ Years’ experience coaching youth ages 6-18
  • Individual/Group Private Training Instructor for 5+ Years


  • 2017 USFF NW Regional Champions 04’ Boys (Assistant Coach)
  • NSCAA Level 1 Futsal Diploma

Playing Experience

  • U-14 Super Y League ODP NE Regional Team Captain
  • U-14 U.S National Pool
  • 2007 Regional Finalist (Eastside Eagles U-18)
  • 2007 Oregon State Cup Champion (Eastside Eagles U-18)
  • 2006 Oregon State Cup Runner up (Eastside Eagles U-17)
  • 2015 2v2 American Panna Champion

What I love most

My family, I wouldn’t be anywhere close to where I’m at today without them, I’m very fortunate to have such amazing parents that support me.


Born in Alberta, Canada, moved to Albany, New York when I was 5 then moved to Vancouver, WA when I was 15. I have been playing soccer since I was 5 years old, and have always had a ball at my feet. I really enjoy the creative side of soccer with the unlimited possibilities of tricks and moves you can do with the ball. During the past 4 years I have gained interest in freestyle soccer, and it has become one of my favorite hobbies. My favorite part about freestyle is that all you need is a ball to have fun. It’s so challenging and you learn a lot about yourself in the process of getting better.


I believe that the game is the greatest teacher but the influence and direction a coach can have on a player can either make or break them. Coaching is all about the information you are giving and how you present it. Each player is different and as coaches we must adapt to the players individual needs, improving their weaknesses while increasing confidence and developing their strengths. Players must not be pressured to play but rather educated on the many opportunities available from playing soccer.

Every player has potential, and maybe not potential to be a professional but potential to be a great person. Soccer teaches us many lessons in life, from working hard to get what you want, to learning the ability to communicate and work well with others, to showing respect and sportsmanship, and why having a great attitude is so important. Coaching soccer is so much more than just developing players, we are shaping lives and we must develop the person at the same time as developing the player because soccer is much more than just a game, soccer is life.

Favorite Teams

FC Barcelona/Portland Timbers

Growing up in Brazil we would play half of the year 7 x 7 a small version of outdoor soccer and half of the year we would play Futsal.

A Brazilian Former Pro player and now coaching and refereeing Top Adult and Youth Soccer Games in USA. Marcelo grew up playing Soccer in the streets of Conselheiro Lafaiete, MG, Brazil. Playing soccer in the uneven mud fields without shoes. He was able to go to College as an athlete and later became a Pro Player. Coming from a humble family he successfully graduated in Economics in 2003 and moved to the USA to pursue his dream to keep playing soccer in a Pro Level. As a player Marcelo Trindade won many important Championships in different parts of Brazil and the USA. He started his referee career in 2009 and has already gained national attention and been invited to work in National Tournaments around the USA; both outdoor soccer and Futsal.

Playing Experience:

Juniores Flamengo Futebol Clube, Conselheiro Lafaiete, MG, Brazil (1994)
Clube Dom Pedro II, Conselheiro Lafaiete, MG, Brazil (1994 to 1999)
University Federal de Vicosa, MG, Brazil (1998, 2003)
Copa Latina, Birmingham, Alabama, USA (2003)
Araxa Esporte Club, Div 1, MG, Brazil (2004/2005) Div 1
Formiga Futebol Club, MG, Brazil (2006) Div 1

Focused 1 on 1 soccer or futsal training is a key component in succeeding on the field today. With this 1 on 1 training we will transform your weaknesses into strengths, increase your confidence/ speed of play and improve your skills. The session will be player specific, depending on ability and preferred position of play.


  • USSF National Coaching License
  • 12+ years coaching youth soccer
  • Former Martial Arts Instructor


  • Warner Pacific College (Portland, OR)
  • Dominican University (San Rafael, CA)
  • High School – Ulysses S. Grant
Champions aren’t made in gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them—a desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last-minute stamina, they have to be a little faster, they have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill. Muhammed Ali.
I am originally from Brazil where I played for clubs such as “Centro de Futebol do Zico (CFZ)” including a Brazilian National Tournament in my youth. I was coached by Brazil’s best, Zico, one of the most skilled finishing and passing players the game has ever seen.
When I was 20 years old I moved to the US and was lucky to meet the argentinian born and US citizen Jorge Bordt, who played in two Futsal World Cups as a captain of the US national team. I also worked under Oswaldo Garcia who was a coach for the US National Futsal Team and founder of the US Futsal Federation. From working with them, I was able to develop a coaching style that blends both European tactics with my Brazilian technical background. In Jorge’s club I had the opportunity to coach many youth teams and helped him develop a strong program and be considered one of the top development programs in Hawaii at the time. In 2010 my wife and I relocated to Portland so she could pursue her degree in natural and chinese medicine. Reached quarter finals in the national youth tournament held in Recreio, Minas Gerais against such teams as Cruzeiro, Botafogo, and Flamengo.
Portrait of Youth Academy Coach, Eduardo Araujo
Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving. Albert Einstein

Coach Nico has loved and played Futsal since the age of 5. He gained experience through years playing semi-professional in Italy, Australia and the United States. Nico is here to share his knowledge and love of Futsal with you.

In Coach Nico’s classes you will learn tactics, technique and skills of Futsal. Nico loves to teach skills and is ready for any challenge. Classes are open to all ages and all skill levels. Classes will focus on

Skills – Footwork dribbling control
Tactics – Positions and movement
Finishing – How to score with a target or as a target, free kicks and penalty kicks
Fun – For Nico the only thing more important than Futsal is the enjoyment of life and a good laugh.


  • 2015 RCF 02 World Champions Select Team, RCF Youth Academy
  • 2015 Portland City Futsal Club 3rd Place finish in the Major Futsal League (US semi-pro league)


  • Age 5-20 Different team clubs and leagues, Italy (Montefalco Calcio, Nuova Fulginium, Foligno Calcio)
  • 21-27 CB Life Futsal, Truffarelli Calcio a 5 , Italy , 2 Regional Championships, 1st Place Umbria Cup
  • 24-27 Cus Perugia, Universitá di Perugia, University league 2nd/3rd place
  • 31 Pasco Vale FC, V League, Melbourne, Australia
  • 32 Portland City Futsal Club, 3rd Place USA Major League Futsal


Futsal Player
Futsal Coach


  • USSF National Coaching License
  • 12+ years coaching youth soccer
  • Former Martial Arts Instructor


  • Captain of 3rd in the nation, Schoolcraft College (Michigan) 2002-2004
  • Georgia College 2005-2007
  • NSCAA All-Region Player

I am a technical player myself and prefer to focus on a players soccer IQ and technical ability. We will work on dribbling, footwork and finishing ability as well as getting a great workout. We will also look to focus on a players weaknesses and improve all aspects of the players game.


  • Rose city futsal (u6-u13)
  • Eastside timbers (u6-u18)
  • Portland Timbers (kids camp ranging from ages 9-16)
  • University of portland (live in camps for high schoolers and summer camps for 12-15 year olds)
  • Personal lessons with kids from ages 9-14
  • Winter speed and agility sessions


  • United States U-20 national team
  • Portland Timbers MLS for two years
  • Current Timbers 2 player
  • Portland Timbers u-23 national champion
  • Local player that played for the University of Portland