Freddy Fuentes coached many boys and girls teams at the Manhattan Soccer Club. (Photo courtesy of the Manhattan Soccer Club)

Manhattan Soccer Club coach Freddy Fuentes passed away on Tuesday due to COVID-19 related complications.

A native of Guayaquil, Ecuador, Fuentes began his youth playing career with his local team, Cracks del Norte, where his team won several South American tournaments. He began his semi-professional playing career in with a local team called 9 de Octubre in the second division in 1987.

Fuentes moved to New York, attending Ulster Community College. He played with the Village Kickers Soccer Club (Manhattan Italian League) from 1991-93) and Millonarios in the Pan-American League and competed in the Borgetto Italian League (1995-1998).

In his 15-year MSC career, Fuentes coaches many boys and girls teams, including the Athletic, Clash, Corinthians, Cosmos, Dynamo, Earthquakes, Emelec, Manhattan Premier 96, River Plate, Scorpions and most recently the 2004 Thunder and 2002 Titans boys – both of which he guided to the 2019 ENPL national finals.

“Freddy built a life around soccer, around coaching, around family,” an MSC member said. “The teams he coached excelled not just because of talent, but because they worked harder.”

“Rest in peace, Freddy – know that you made an incalculable and positive difference on so many lives with your friendship, loyalty, and incredible coaching,” a statement from the club said.

Funeral arrangements were not immediately known.

Fuentes is survived by his wife Andrea, and three young boys, Alejandro, William and Liam.

The club is raising funds to help defray medical, funeral and living expenses for Fuentes’ family.

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