Eloisa Borreguero is ASC San Diego New Head Coach For The WPSL Side
The Women’s side of ASC – San Diego will compete in the Women’s Premier Soccer League in the 2019 campaign. With head coach Eloisa Borreguero from Spain and the signing of the team’s first player, Natasha Kai, a U.S. Gold Olympian, ASC San Diego Women is off to a tremendously strong start. Even before the first whistle is heard, this team is raising the standards and rocking it out of the ballpark.
WPSL Soccer News: ASC San Diego has joined the Women’s Premier Soccer League (WPSL) as an expansion club for the 2019 season and Noah Gins, Albion SC CEO, and Technical Director is determined to put forth the best team and operate with the highest standards. Proving ASC San Diego’s committed to building the premier women’s soccer team, Gins has hired head coach Eloisa Borreguero from Spain and signed former National Women’s Soccer League (NWSL) player Natasha Kai, a U.S. Gold Olympian as his first player.
Borreguero played for Atlético Madrid during her career and has moved to live in San Diego.
Diane Scavuzzo’s Interview with Eloisa Borreguero
Diane Scavuzzo: How would you describe your role?
Eloisa Borreguero: I will join Albion March 1st. I am going to be the head coach of the ASC San Diego WPSL’s team and I will be joining our U.S. Soccer Development Academy (DA) staff.
Diane Scavuzzo: What do you look for in a player?
Eloisa Borreguero: I always look for a strong work ethic. Commitment is also very important to me as well as mental toughness. And being good a person who wants to learn.
Diane Scavuzzo: How do you describe mental toughness?
Eloisa Borreguero: A player that comes to the training field, and they are going to give it all. Be ready to learn.
The most important thing is that they want to share their talents and gifts. And to keep going. To get better.
If there are mistakes they learn from them. We move on.
That’s what is going to build the person. I’m going to trust the players, and I need them to trust themselves. They need to be tough in order to keep moving forward. The idea of coaching at the professional level is to create a pathway for younger girls.
So that they see a future where they can keep playing soccer. That’s the vision I want to bring to Albion and to have that impact on the players.
Diane Scavuzzo: When did you start playing soccer?
Eloisa Borreguero: I started playing soccer with Atlético Madrid when I was 12 years old.
Diane Scavuzzo: What do you think has made you such a wonderful player?
Eloisa Borreguero: I think my work ethic and all my coaches. They pushed me. There has been a lot of obstacles along the way. I play as a goalkeeper. It wasn’t that easy to be the starting goalkeeper.
Diane Scavuzzo: What is the toughest thing about being a goalkeeper?
Eloisa Borreguero: Sometimes, no matter how much you work in training, in the game it can get very tough due to one mistake. It’s about proving yourself and being at the top of your performance even when it’s a two-second reaction. You have to be focused. You have to be engaged.
Diane Scavuzzo: What advice do you have for a goalkeeper?
Eloisa Borreguero: To be coachable. To be confident and not afraid of making mistakes. And to be willing to adapt to different situations.
Diane Scavuzzo: What are your thoughts on your first signed player, Natasha Kai?
Eloisa Borreguero: It’s an honor to have someone like her on my roster. I am very excited to get to know her as a person. To see everything that she can share with the team and me as a coach. As a coach, I am very, very excited.
Diane Scavuzzo: What do you like best about her as a player?
Eloisa Borreguero: As a coach, it is an honor to have someone like that to start with.
It will be great for her teammates to be able to learn from her experiences.
Playing with the National team really puts you at another level. That’s going to bring a lot of experience to the younger girls that are going to be there. As a leader but also as a team player, she will represent this club.
I think Kai is going to be able to defend Albion on and off the field.
Diane Scavuzzo: What do you like best about ASC San Diego and Albion SC?
Eloisa Borreguero: It is the club’s vision, to build a complete youth model with a pathway and represent professional soccer in San Diego.
ASC San Diego and Albion SC are committed to excellence and it is going to be a very exciting year. I can’t wait to start.