Marin FC is deeply saddened by the death of Eloi Vasquez, a lifelong Marin resident, soccer standout and student athlete at UC Berkeley. Eloi was tragically killed in a car accident in southern California on March 28.
“Eloi will live long in the hearts of all that were fortunate enough to have spent time with him,” said Josh Kalkstein, director of coaching for Marin FC. “Never will we forget the way his eyes smiled, the sound of his laugh, the genuine care and love he gave so easily to others.”
This year as a freshman at Berkeley, Eloi played midfield on a team that reached the Sweet 16 of the NCAA College Cup. He appeared in 12 games and netted three assists. “Eloi was a wonderful young man who excelled both athletically and academically and came to Cal with a passion for learning,” said Cal Director of Athletics Mike Williams in a statement.
In an interview with Marin FC last fall, Eloi said he chose UC Berkeley for its high academic stature and the structure and philosophy of its soccer program. “Cal is one of the few college programs that tries to play a more technical game, and is good at it,” he said, adding, “Also, it is so close to home so I can see my family often and they can attend all my home games.”
Before joining the Bears, Eloi played for multiple Marin soccer teams, including Novato, Mill Valley Fusion, Marin FC and the De Anza Force. He was a member of teams that won the 2011 Disney Cup, the Norcal Spring League and the 2012 Surf Cup.
“I’ve been playing soccer since I could walk and got my love for the game from my dad, who still plays on Sundays in a men’s league,” Eloi said.
Eloi lived in San Rafael until he was five, at which point his family moved to Novato and then to Mill Valley when he was 14. He graduated from Marin Academy in 2014, where he played three years of varsity soccer. In high school, Eloi worked as an MVSC referee and once won the “Referee of the Year" award.
Outside of soccer, Eloi enjoyed eating sushi, relaxing in the sauna and watching comedy. “I love spending time with my little brothers, although they’re not so little anymore,” he said.
He planned to major in economics or business, hoped to attend Haas Business School and aspired to play professional soccer. “My dream ever since I could remember is to be a professional soccer player,” he said.
If you would like to assist Eloi’s family during this difficult time, donations can be made at YouCaring.com/Eloi. His family will also be establishing a separate fund — the Living for the Game, Eloi Vasquez Fund — to honor Eloi's passion for soccer and support financial aid and scholarships for youth. Details about how to contribute will be available soon.