Mission & Vision
Erik grew up in Caracas, Venezuela where his initial passion for football (soccer) took his first steps in the fields of Colegio Jefferson, playing for the school’s team and watching champions league at the field’s kiosk.
At age 12, he moved to Weston, Florida with his family to pursue a better future for the family. Playing for South Florida renowned club Weston F.C, he fully indulged in dedicating his life to the game.
After an unsuccessful route to college and with few prospects of reaching professional ranks, Erik decided to hang up the boots at age 17 and channel his undivided vocation to the game into other areas. This lead to multiple diplomas, licenses and a degree tailored to excel in a high performance environment.
After multiple roles in coaching, performance analysis, and soccer operations including SL Benfica, Orlando City SC, and New York Red Bulls, Erik currently resides in Los Angeles, California and serves as LA Galaxy’s First Team Analyst.
From the moment I met Erik, I noticed how much passion and care he had about everything he did and talked about.
Working closely with him at the club has enriched our environment here, aligning technical staff with sports science and IT. We communicate frequently to brush off ideas as he continuously looks to learn and apply new ideas and methods to enhance and innovate in his own environment. Erik’s willingness to listen and learn is outstanding. He will make great strides in his career with this fundamental characteristic.
“Erik was a great addition to our Elite Training Camp. His predisposition to adopt Benfica’s culture, methodology and values made him evolve throughout the cycle. His humility and interpersonal skills make him a great asset to any team. “