Ryan Cordeiro, born and raised in the Hudson Valley, found immeasurable success in his youth to then return home to establish his premier level-youth soccer club: Foundation.
Cordeiro’s early success began by winning three straight Eastern Championships, New Jersey State Cup Championship with the Red Bulls Academy, and becoming an ODP National Finalist and Super Y-League National Finalist, all the while playing for four years on the Monroe-Woodbury Varsity team, where he scored over 90 goals and had 40 assists.
Following youth sports, Cordeiro attended the University of Connecticut, playing for Ray Reid and John Deeley. At UConn, Cordeiro won 2 Big East Regular Season Championships and 3 Big East Tournament Championships. He earned the distinction of All Big East Honorable Mention selection, 3rd Team and 2nd Team selection, All Northeast selection, and, most importantly, team captain. While playing in the NCAA Tournament all four years, one ended in the Sweet Sixteen and another in the Elite 8.
Immediately following his collegiate success, Cordeiro was invited to the MLS Combine and soon after was selected 33rd overall by DC United in the MLS Super Draft. As a rookie, he made multiple MLS regular season starts, CONCACAF Championship League starts, and US Open Cup starts - all the while leading the reserve team in goals and in the US Open Cup Championship. This success, however, offered Cordeiro yet another opportunity to continue his professional career as he signed a contract with USL’s Real Maryland. After signing his third contract, Cordeiro decided to retire and begin his own coaching career.
Cordeiro’s passion for soccer not only involved his own growth but also that of his community. Years before he retired from the MLS, he was already giving back to the youth through personal training. While in high school, Cordeiro worked at summer soccer camps. Once in college, Cordeiro worked at Elite Soccer Program, where he trained boys ages 14-17 and then was invited to Ray Reed’s Soccer School to train boys ages 12-18. Cordeiro’s training involved youth players along the east coast from Virginia to New York to Connecticut.
Once Cordeiro retired in 2010, his training sessions for others such as Primo, Cornwall, Goshen, East Hudson, Sussex County, and Orange County soon led to his own personal training company: Ruthless Elite Soccer Training. Cordeiro establish Ruthless Elite in 2014 and continues to train one-on-one and small groups, both boys and girls of all ages.
His training sessions, while still active, soon led to the creation of his premier-level club: Foundation. Foundation Soccer Academy, FSA, was established in 2016. With this club, Cordeiro created a number of teams: Boys 2001, 2002, 2006, 2008, 2010-2011. The Club has also welcomed a girls 2003 team in recent years. Cordeiro has led his teams to tournament championships, league championships, and #1 ranking in New York.
Cordeiro continues to develop his personal training and coaching credentials with a USSF C License as a means to best develop youth soccer players. His passion and commitment to player quality echoes his philosophy of quality over quantity. As a result, his young Club is making a name as a powerhouse within the Hudson Valley and all of New York.