The 48-year-old Puig began coaching Barcelona youth teams in 2003 and served as La Masia director in 2010-2014. Afterward, he served as the technical director of Gabon’s national team program and as youth technical director of Spanish club Cordoba.
De Anza Force fields teams in the U.S. Soccer Development Academy (boys) and ECNL. Its alums include Marc Pelosi, who captained the USA at the 2011 U-17 World Cup and currently plays for the San Jose Earthquakes.
"We are thrilled that Albert will be joining our team,” said De Anza Force Director of Coaching Jeff Baicher. “We have a huge admiration of Barca style of soccer. Albert shares our values and he places the same strong emphasis as we do on the player development."