U.S. Soccer names Brazilian Patricia 'Patchy' Toledo U-16 women's coach

With the hiring of the Brazilian Patricia “Patchy” Toledo, who's spent many years in the USA, for the first time in history all full-time women's youth national team coaches are women.

The 44-year-old Toledo mostly recently coached in Southern California, as head coach of Albion SC's U-18 and U-17 Girls Academy teams and the WPSL's SoCal Dutch Lions.

Toledo's playing career, in addition to time with Corinthians, Palmeiras and Flamengo in her native Brazil, included WPSL ball with San Diego United and stints in Iceland and England. She played college ball at the University of West Florida, where she earned All-South Region honors her senior year of 2006. She originally connected with Albion while playing in the WPSL and returned from coaching Brazil and Spain.

“Patchy’s experiences coaching and playing around the world bring a unique, exciting perspective to our program," said U.S. women's national General Manager Kate Markgraf. "As our WYNTs return to full programming coming out of the pandemic, she’s a great fit to lead some of our youngest national team prospects at the U-16 level.”

The most recent full-time U-16 coach was Kacey White (April 2017-February 2019).

U.S. women's youth national program
(full-time coaches)
U-20 Tracy Kevins (England)
Hired June 2017 as U-15 coach, took charge of U-20s in October 2021.
U-17 Natalia Astrain (Spain)
Hired: November 2021
U-16 Patricia “Patchy” Toledo (Brazil)
Hired August 2022
U-15 Katie Schoepfer (USA)
Hired: November 2021

Pre-pandemic, U.S. Soccer employed six full-time coaches.

They included Keri Sarver, who was hired in April 2017 as U-19 coach and departed in February 2019. Jaime Frias, who coached the U-16s after being hired full-time in 2016 and headed the U-18s from 2017 until his January 2019 departure. April Kater, hired as U.S. Soccer Women's Head Development Coach in 2013, coached teams including U-14 and U-15 before her January 2019 departure. Mark Carr, who left U.S. Soccer in December 2019, coached the USA at the 2018 U-17 World Cup. Kevins headed a U-17 camp in January 2020 shortly before the Covid shutdown.

2 comments about "U.S. Soccer names Brazilian Patricia 'Patchy' Toledo U-16 women's coach".
  1. Kerry Solomon, August 26, 2022 at 10:58 a.m.

    Please release Tracy Kevins.  She seems inappropriate to coach at that level 

  2. Nick Gabris, August 26, 2022 at 12:19 p.m.


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