MATEUS MANOEL is in his seventh season with Sporting Kansas City as Head Fitness Coach. His responsibilities cover all aspects of sport performance and science for the team, including strength and conditioning, injury prevention, field practices, nutrition, fitness monitoring (training load and readiness), player re-adaptation following rehab and recovery.
In the summer of 2010, Mateus was an Assistant Fitness Coach for the U.S. Men’s National Soccer Team during the FIFA World Cup in South Africa. He had previously served as the Head Fitness Coach for the Mexican Men’s National Team in 2009, working with world renowned coach Sven Eriksson. During 2007 and 2008, Mateus held a position with Athletes’ Performance in the Home Depot Center in Los Angeles, where he worked with professional athletes from a variety of sports, including NFL, NHL, MLB, and MLS (Chivas USA and LA Galaxy). Previously, he had assisted with strength and conditioning for D.C. United from the MLS, while concurrently holding the position of Sports Performance Director with Velocity Sports Performance in Alexandria, Virginia.
Mateus holds a Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology from George Washington University, where he was also responsible for the strength and conditioning needs of the Colonials Men’s Varsity Soccer Team. He also holds a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Maryland - College Park and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Mateus was born in Brazil and is fluent in both Portuguese and Spanish. He lives with his wife Melanie, son Nicolas and daughter Isabella in Prairie Village, Kansas.