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VC Fusion Welcome Rudy Ybarra

We are excited to announce Rudy Ybarra as a new addition to the VC Fusion organization. Rudy will be taking on the role within the MLS Next Academy as the 2009/U15 & 2008/U16 Head Coach. This is a new and exciting time for our Club, and is yet another step in the right direction in taking the organization forward.

" I am looking forward to returning to coach at Ventura County Fusion this coming 2023-2024 Season in their MLS-Next Academy Program. Ventura County Fusion is one of the top USL2 Franchises in the country. Last Season the Fusion won the USL2 National Championship, their second National Championship in club history. The Fusion has helped hundreds of players move onto some of the top universities in the country and onto professional careers. I want to return to the Fusion to continue to help the current and future players in their player development. Getting players to top Universities in the Country and help players reach their dream in becoming a professional player. " Rudy Ybarra.

“We are delighted to welcome Rudy Ybarra to the Fusion. He has been the most successful youth coach in the 805 winning four national championships.. Rudy is an experienced leader with a great work ethic and a proven track record of winning and developing players for college and professional. We had the pleasure of working with Rudy as a former head coach of our USL 2 team and now becomes a fantastic addition to our club's MLS Next coaching staff", said Ranbir Shergill, President.

“Rudy has been involved in the development of so many players in our region. He is an elite coach who puts everything into developing both the player and the person. We are excited to have him as part of our coaching team” Keith Costigan, Academy Director.

Rudy, a US Soccer A License Coach has had an extensive career in Soccer. A former Professional Soccer Player in The North American Soccer League, Western Soccer Alliance and Major Indoor Soccer League. Transitioning into a coaching path with Santa Barbara High School Boys Soccer Program (1990-2002), being awarded California Interscholastic Men’s Coach of the Year (1994 & 1995). Most recently, with Santa Barbara Soccer Club (2008-2022) winning Four US Soccer National Championships (2012-2013-2014-2016).

Rudy has also been an assistant coach at Westmont College Men's Soccer Program (2016-2022). In addition, Rudy has been a part of Ventura County Fusion USL2 Team as an assistant coach (2006-2008) and served as a Head Coach (2012-2019).

Rudy has achieved many awards so far during his coaching career which include Nike Cal South Competitive Coach of the Year (2013-2015-2017) and in the year of 2019 was inducted into the Cal South Hall of Fame.

About MLS Next

MLS NEXT provides the best player development experience in North America. Founded on a collaborative approach to governance and a commitment to innovation, MLS NEXT players have access to the highest levels of competition and to training to prepare them for their futures, both in soccer and in life.

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