For the first time in school history, two student-athletes from Leadership Public Schools in Richmond are set to sign National Letters of Intent to play college soccer.
Jesus Alonzo Del Mundo (U.C. Berkeley) and Nicolas Brenes (San Jose State) are both scheduled to sign soccer scholarships on Wednesday, said Daniery Rosario, athletic director for LPS-Richmond.
From 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday, a celebration in their honor will be held in the dining hall at LPS-Richmond at 880 Bissell Ave.
Both players have had tremendous success on the field as well as in the classroom, Rosario said.
Del Mundo, who began playing soccer at age 2, dreams to play professional soccer and appears headed in that direction. During his sophomore year, he was first team All-League and League MVP for the Bay Bay Area Charter School Athletic Conference, an affiliate of the Oakland Athletic League. The same year, he was among two picked out of hundreds of players by the organization Alianza to travel to Miami to practice in front of professional teams. He left Miami with offers from Club America, Monarcas Morelia, Atlas, and Club Santos Laguna. To be home near his family, however, Del Mundo declined to join those clubs and instead attended the San Jose Earthquakes Academy, which has allowed him to travel nationally and train at the Avaya Stadium.
Del Mundo finished with a GPA of 3.16 and has taken five AP classes.
Brenes, who was born in Los Angeles and raised in Richmond, began playing soccer at age 5 and then joined his dad’s team, Arsenal (a local team in Richmond) for an intense six years of training. He then went onto star at age 14 for the Orinda Magic, where Coach Jasko motivated him to “be better than I was yesterday.”
In the summer of 2015, Brenes was invited to Zagreb, Croatia to compete against different European teams and receive top coaching. He was also recruited for the ODP State team, a program where athletes around California compete for a spot on the state team, and participated in the PDP (Player Development Program), where he trained monthly with high level soccer players around California.
In his junior year at LPS-Richmond, Brenes was awarded League MVP, having scored two goals in the final. In the same year, he was invited to the U.S National Training Center to compete for a spot at the U.S National Camp. And then in his senior year, he joined Diablo FC, a new club team known for its high level of competitiveness.
Brenes has a GPA of 3.34 and has taken four AP classes.