MATEUS MANOEL is in his ninth season with Sporting Kansas City and serves as Director of Sports Performance and Science. His responsibilities include designing and implementing programs in the following areas: speed/agility/quickness, strength and power, injury prevention, energy system development, nutrition, player monitoring and testing, return to play programs, and recovery. Mateus also coordinates the staff in this department for the Swope Park Rangers (USL team) and the Sporting KC Academy.
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 StubHub 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 in 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.