Alberto Montoya

Alberto was born and raised in Cuba. He grew up playing club soccer for Santa Cruz in Cuba, and continued playing during college for ISCF as well as professionally (all in Cuba). Alberto represented Cuba in the Goodwill Games. 

Alberto’s favorite soccer memories involve his first State Cup as a player and his first State Championship as a coach. Alberto’s favorite part of coaching is helping kids grow, both as players and as citizens. Alberto is inspired as a coach by the way Pep Guardiola relates to his players. 

Besides coaching for MVLA Alberto has also coached for the Olympic Development Program. Alberto holds his ​​Cuban National Coaching License as well as his USSF A Coaching License.

Alberto’s favorite soccer team is Barcelona and Messi is his favorite player. His nickname was “kid toe” because as a kid he used to kick the soccer ball with his toes a lot.

This is Alberto’s 40th season with MVLA. He has coached hundreds of players, many of whom went on to play in college. Two of his former players – his son Albertin Montoya (MVLA’s Technical Director) and Joe Cannon (MVLA’s Executive Director) – also went on to play soccer professionally.