San Diego Wave FC Signs 15-Year-Old Local Forward Melanie Barcenas!
We knew this day was coming for Mel since the day she started at Surf on our U7 team. We are BEYOND proud of Mel’s tenacity in chasing her dreams, relentless hard work, and the fire she brings to every field.
“Mel is one of the most creative players I have had the pleasure to coach. Within the context and structure of our game model, providing Mel with the freedom to express herself has been a priority since day one. Mel is a clear example of how an extremely creative and talented player can thrive within the structure and discipline required of the positional game. I am very happy for Mel and wish her the best in her pro career and thank her for trusting Surf with her soccer development.” – Andres Deza, ECNL Lead Coach
Mel, we will miss seeing you in your Surf blues but will be rooting you on from the stands at Snap Dragon Stadium!
#WeAreSurf | #SurfPROUD
“We are very happy that Melanie and her family have decided to entrust her hometown club as the place for her to begin her professional career. The coaches at San Diego Surf have been instrumental in helping her develop as a person and as a player for her entire youth career. We’re excited to maximize her potential through the coming years, while being patient and deliberate in advancing her development while ensuring she retains some routine and normalcy of being a teenager.”
– Casey Stoney, San Diego Wave FC Head Coach