About the Team:
Established in 2012, The Houston Aces proudly moved into a professional status in the WPSL 2013 season. We are looking forward to an exciting 2014 season playing nationally as well as regionally against the best competition in the United States. The 2014 roster has a blend of returning players and attracted talent from South of the Texas border this year. We have players from Colombia, Brazil and various soccer powerhouse states such as FL, NM, RI, and CA. Of course we have a plethora of Texas talent to complement our new players. Players from our reserve team, Aces South Select, and local universities such as University of Houston are just a few who have contributed players this season. We are also excited to continue with our 2013 coaching staff - head coach, Aguinaldo Ferreira; assistant coach, Victor Ruiz; and technical director, Dido.
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About the Coaching:
Aguinaldo "Gui Gui" Ferreira, Head Coach
Gui Gui's resume includes Weston FC Soccer Club - Regional ODP programming coach, USSF "B" National License, NSCAA Advance National License, National Strength and Conditioning Certificate and has a bachelor's degree in Kinesiology. His experiences are international and include acting as the USSF liaison to the Brazilian Men's National team during the Friendship Cup and as a CONCACAF Gold Cup Liaison in 1996. Several players under Gui Gui's influential coaching has sent players to play for perennial powerhouses in the NCAA in addition to earning roster spots on the U.S. U-17 and U.S. U-19 teams which participated in the youth World Cups. Ferreira is fluent in English, Spanish & Portuguese.
Victor Ruiz, Assistant Coach
Victor has 17 years of coaching all levels College, ODP, Club, and High School. Victor holds a USSF C license and the following accomplishments in women's soccer: a National title with Cal South ODP Girls, 5 Regional championships Cal South ODP Girls, Regional championship runner up Nevada ODP Girls, H.S. State Championship Girls in San Diego, CA and Semi-Finalist Women's Junior College.
Dido Tshimanga, Professional Development Advisor
Dido joins us from the beautiful beaches of California. He holds a "B" USSF National license, strength and conditioning certificate, and athlete performance enhancement qualifications. He has coached across the globe and most recently worked with the SC Blues and Strikers FC. He is on the Coaching Staff of the ODP Region IV while extending scouting duties for his native country of DR Congo. Dido began his professional play in his native country with OC Bukavu Dawa before moving to the USA. He then played for Avanti in the Los Angeles semi-pro circuit before retiring to coaching.
Type of Players:
The Houston Aces are derived of not only talent and ambition, but energy and discipline. They demonstrate their dedication and commitment to the success of the beautiful game through solid work ethics on and off the field. They are fearless on the field and community advocates for the sport off the field. The Houston Aces are an inspiration for the next generation of girls' soccer in the United States and international visitors.
Houston Baptist University
Houston Community College
Lone Star College
Prairie View A&M
Sam Houston University
San Jacinto College
Texas Southern University
University of Houston
University of St. Thomas
Players interested in playing for the Houston Aces are required to submit a brief summary of their experience and video to firstname.lastname@example.org .