Cruz Azul MN was an official soccer academy of the professional club in Mexico, commonly known as "Cruz Azul". The professional club, Club Deportivo Social y Cultural Cruz Azul, is the 3rd largest professional club in Mexico. Through this affiliation both organizations aspire to teach youths in the community to know the joy of soccer and help the players learn, at an early age, the skills that will allow them to reach their full potential as soccer players.
Cruz Azul started up in January 2009, with the help and approval of Humberto Neveu.
He serves in an advisory capacity, representing the professional team, CLUB DEPORTIVO SOCIAL Y CULTURAL CRUZ AZUL of Mexico. He serves as the professional club's Coordinator of Affiliate Schools in the Northern Region, covering the United States, Canada and Europe. He holds a graduate degree in Business Administration from Universidad del Valle de Mexico. He retired in 1996 as a professional soccer player of Cruz Azul Mexico due to an injury. During his professional career he was considered one of the best central defenders of the mexican league in his era, 1994 - 1996. As Coordinator, he serves as Advisor of the Academy's programs and activities in conformance with Cruz Azul's protocol and established athletic programming. Mr. Neveu is based in Mexico.
The Cruz Azul Franchise was formed by Rafael Vega, Brandon Boer and Jan-Willem Boer.
Escuela Filial Cruz Azul in Minneapolis, Minnesota in the United States of America, is directed by Mr. Jan-Willem Boer by official recognition on the part of the Club Deportivo, Social y Cultural Cruz Azul A.C. endorsed with number of Affiliation 0400032813. Cruz Azul MN listed on the Official Cruz Azul Mexico Website
Jan Willem Boer is a Dutch soccer player, who after a short soccer career with KFC, VSV Velsen and FC Schalkwijk in Holland and two knee surgeries decided he was better suited to coach rather than play. He has a Dutch (KNVB) coaching license and three American coaching licenses. He was varsity soccer coach at Centennial High School, Spring Lake Park High School and North Central University. He coached at Blaine Soccer Club, Andover Invaders and NewCastle West. He coached several Amateur teams. Last year he was hired as soccer director at Urban Ventures.
Coaching Director, Director of Operations/Referee & Field Coordinator: Brandon Boer
Brandon has played Premier Soccer in the MYSA, he was All State in Highschool. He has a KNVB and MYSA coaching licenseBrandon has coached for New Castle West, Blaine Soccer Club and Urban Stars in the past
Nancy has been Treasurer at Blaine soccer Club and New Castle West.