Division I College Coaches to Lead U16 Boys Black NPL

Oscar Curras and Anthony Anzevui have been announced as the Co - Head Coaches for SoccerViza Football Club’s U16 Boys Black NPL. 

The National Premier Leagues is a top tier level of soccer for both boys and girls. The New York/Connecticut Club Soccer League-NPL Division is one of 22 leagues across the country that are part of the NPL. It was created to provide a national developmental platform with the highest level of competition in given geographic areas and to elevate and change the competitive youth soccer landscape based upon the fundamental principles among US Club Soccer.

“We are excited to be invited into the NPL,” said Joe Funicello, Director and CEO of SVFC. “With us being so new, the league allowed one of our age groups into their league with their plans to add more SVFC teams in the near future.” 

Coach Curras:

Oscar Curras started playing when he was 6 years old for Mostoles URJC from his hometown in Madrid, Spain. When he reached U-17, he made his debut in the fourth division of Spanish football with the same club.

After getting promoted the year after, and playing two years in the third Division, Curras decided to start a new journey in the United States by attending Sacred Heart University, in the NCAA Division I. As a freshman, Curras was selected to the All-NEC Rookie Team and after leading the team to playoffs he was named captain as a freshman. During his third year, he was selected to the All-NEC Second Team.

Now, as an assistant coach at Sacred Heart University, coach Curras has picked up a lot of experience.

“I have learned how to deal with many types of players,” said Curras, “helping them achieve their goals in the classroom, soccer, and most importantly, their life.”

I decided to coach at SoccerViza because of their vision of soccer,” said Curras. “The club relates a lot to what I have seen in Europe. The staff knows about the game, they work hard, and help you with everything. SoccerViza is a family and that helps everybody become better players and coaches.”

“As a coach I define myself as positive, helpful, and positively intense. I believe our players are in that time of their career where they need to learn the most, and we are the essential piece they need, in order to reach the next level.”

Coach Anzevui:

Anthony Anzevui began his career playing for youth academies Sunderland A.F.C and York City F.C in England. He went on to play collegiate soccer at Sacred Heart University. Anzevui was a three-time NEC All-Conference defender. He helped SHU to several impressive seasons, including the biggest single-season turnaround in conference history, leading the Pioneers to the playoffs for the first time ever in Division I (2005). 

Anzevui graduated with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology at Sacred Heart University (2009) and later added a Masters in Corporate Communications and Public Relations (2014). Anzevui played professionally for five years, beginning his career with the Western Massachusetts Pioneers in the USL (2009). He then attended a pre-season training camp with F.C. Sion in the Swiss Super League before signing with F.C. Martigny in the Swiss 1 Liga (2011-2013).

He is licensed by the United States Soccer Federation, 'USSF C License' and the Football Association.

“It's a talented group, knowing them well already from training sessions, select games and summer tournaments,” said coach Anzevui. “I look forward to seeing this group continue to develop. I’m excited for working with them tactically, improving each player individually to help them reach their goals and also to help them grow as people and teammates through the family culture and disciplined environment we have at SoccerViza Football Club.”

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