Carlos Rivas Sr.
Carlos Rivas is the founder and director of CR Soccer. After arriving to Canada in 1984 he established the then called ‘Carlos Rivas Soccer School’ which has now been renamed to ‘CR Soccer’.
Carlos Rivas was born into the soccer world when he made his debut in 1970, at the age of 17 with a first division club in Chile called Audax Italiano. He played for that club until 1972. In 1973-1975 he was transferred to Deportes Antofagasta, where it was said that he created his image as a world-class footballer and where the national team of Chile began to take notice. In that, the national team called him up to the squad in his last year at Deportes Antofagasta. In 1976, he was transferred to Deportes Concepcion, but then returned to Santiago in 1977, where he signed with Santiago Morning.
In 1978, Carlos Rivas signed with the biggest soccer club in Chile – Colo-Colo, where he played until 1982. Carlos played 136 official games over five seasons, and he scored 40 goals during that time. While he was on the team, the team won two national championships (1979 and 1981) and two Polla Gol championships (1981 and 1982).
In May of 1983 he made his move to Alberta, Canada with a short contract of 3 months with the Edmonton Eagles. He then returned back to Chile to finish the rest of the season with Union Espanola, which ended in April of 1984.
In May 1984, Carlos Rivas returned back to Canada where he established CR Soccer the then called ‘Carlos Rivas Soccer School’ in Toronto, Ontario.
Carlos Rivas was on the national team of Chile from 1975 – 1982. Where he made 42 appearances and scored 8 goals for his country. He also was a finalist in the Copa America in 1979. He scored one goal in the finals on December 5th 1979, but went on to loose against Paraguay because of goal differential. His most memorable goal was a free kick during World Cup qualifiers against Ecuador. This goal clinched Chile a spot into the 1982 World Cup in Spain.
Carlos Rivas was known and remembered for being an explosive midfielder, his strong technical ability, his intelligent vision of the game, and above everything else his strength in every shot. He scored many goals during his career as a professional soccer player at the club level and at an international level. Carlos was a specialist at free kicks “tiros libres” as they call it in Spanish where he scored many goals this way. Rivas was a key figure in the development of a style of soccer involving ‘prejugadas’ and creative offensive strategies.
Carlos Rivas World Cup Qualifying Goal!
Carlos Rivas Jr.
Carlo Rivas is the son of CR Soccer founder Carlos Rivas. His current role is coaching along side his father and the two have become a pair not to be reckoned with. Carlo Rivas Jr. is also a veteran of professional soccer with many years of experience.
Rivas Jr. began his professional career in Mexico with Cruz Azul. After high school he made the move to Mexico to train with the big Mexican Club until he was eligible to sign a professional contract. When that time came, Carlo Rivas Jr. signed with a first division team in Chile called Deportes La Serena. Immediately after signing and showing his strong technical ability he became a recognizable figure in sports throughout Chile. Carlo was a starter in the squad and became numerous times the recipient of the best player of the week. An award granted by the Chilean press where they vote on the top players for their respective positions. Rivas spent two years with Deportes La Serena and towards the end of his contract in 2007, Jose Sulantay made a personal requested to bring him to Municipal Iquique. For Carlo this was an honour as Jose Sulantay was the 2007-U20 World Cup Coach and the recipient of Chilean Coach of the year award in 2007. He signed in January 2008 for Municipal Iquique and spent one year at the club. Jose Sulantay announced his resignation at the end of the 2008 season, at that time Rivas scored the goal in which Mr. Sulantay announced that Carlo was a force to be reckoned with and subsequently referred him to Universidad de Concepcion. Carlo spent a year with the first division team where they went on to win the Copa Chile in 2009.
Carlo Rivas Jr. is also a former member of the Canada U20 men’s National Soccer team where he made 2 appearances in a friendly tournament in July 2004.
In 2010, Carlo was called up for the Canada men’s national soccer team, His announcement was made in January 2010. He played his first match for the national team as a second-half substitute in a friendly against Jamaica on January 31, 2010.