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Sports Science Department


MOBA has partnered with coach Joshua Villalobos, Ph.D., and Synergy Athletic Solutions to vastly enhance the level of coaching and development to players. This allows coaches and soccer players to be highly informed based on scientific data to better set goals and track progress. This is an incredible value to the program that most clubs do not offer. Sports science at MOBA offers:

  • Player testing and evaluations
  • Strength and endurance training
  • Athletic management
  • Return to performance
  • Sports nutrition
  • Performance and development camps
  • Performance education
When selecting a program or club to play for, the inclusion of  sports science helps ensure a holistic experience for players of all ages. This allows for realistic expectations and healthy development based on metrics and data over assumptions and ego.
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In the video below, meet our sports science director and learn more about how his work makes a major impact in the overall quality and value of our program for players. 


Joshua Villalobos

Joshua Villalobos, Ph.D., Director of Sports Science, Head Coach

Joshua holds a Master of Science in Exercise Science, a Bachelor of Arts in Health & Exercise Science, and is a National Strength and Conditioning Association certified Specialist. He is also the owner of Synergy Athletic Solutions, where he is specialized in training  aspiring pro-athletes. His offerings include strength and endurance training, sports science testing, return to performance, athletic management, and sports nutrition.

Joshua has more than 10 years of extensive coaching experience and is USSF and United Soccer Coaches certified. Joshua has coached at different levels and clubs with last being the  Academy Director for Southern Soccer Academy (SSA) and Head of Sports Science.   

Joshua loves the game of soccer and has been playing since the age of 12. He played for the U17 Youth National Team and became a member of the residency program in Bradenton, Florida. Joshua played on a collegiate level at Furman University and on an international level for the U23 Puerto Rican and Men's National Team during Olympic and World Cup qualifying Campaigns. 


  •  Bachelors in Exercise Science, Furman University
  •  Masters in Exercise Science, Georgia State University
  • Concentration: Exercise Physiology
  • PhD in Kinesiology (ongoing), Georgia State University


  • National Strength Conditioning Association Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
  • Barcelona FC Innovation Training for Team Sports
  • Barcelona FC Innovation Advanced Sport Nutrition
  •  United Soccer Coaches Maximizing Player Performance Using Technology and Science

Professional Affiliations

  • American College of Sports Medicine
  • National Strength Conditioning Association
  • Barcelona FC Innovation
  • United States Soccer Federation
  • United Soccer Coaches
  • Southern Soccer Academy Director & Head of Sport Science

Connect with Joshua:

Phone: (470) 409-9393