SoccerViza is very excited to welcome Trinity-Pawling Boys Varsity Soccer Program to the Pro Player Development Center in Costa Rica this summer of 2022 for ten days. The trip will act as the varsity soccer team's futbol pre-season. Seventeen boys, ages fifteen through eighteen will be headed to train professionally together with SoccerViza’s Head Coach Joe Funicello and his staff.
Joe Funicello has been coaching professionally for over ten years and started his own professional team in the third division this past January in Costa Rica. They will be treated and trained just like any other professional.
Throughout their time in Costa Rica, the boys will train one to two times a day with high-intensity volume, spend time together with our third division professional team, play against other Costa Rican teams, and explore and enjoy the many wonders of Costa Rica. With an opportunity like no other, these boys will be in an environment learning about the ins and outs of the professional industry.
"It will be great for them to practice and to be in a professional environment as they prepare for the upcoming season. Our coaches and staff have already begun planning their preseason needs and we can’t wait to get started.” This will be an unforgettable summer pre-season for these boys and we look forward to having them down here this August. ” - Joe Funicello, SoccerViza Director
“This will be beneficial for the team before they start school as they will be able to train in a professional environment with Joe and his staff who I feel is one of the best in-the game.” - Sal Zani Sr., Head Coach Trinity Pawling
Many of these boys have been playing soccer their whole lives and hope to make it professionally one day in the future, this will be a perfect way for the boys to understand how much effort and time it takes to get to the next level.
What are the players and coaches thinking of their upcoming experience in Costa Rica?
Hunter Baran, center back for the team looks forward to learning more about the style of playing in a foreign country. This will also be a great way for the team to come together before they head back to the states to play in their Varsity high school season.
"Living and playing soccer each day together with his friends as this will be a good team bonding experience for the team.” - Joseph Impellizeri
Sal Zani Jr, Striker: has been playing soccer since he was three years old and hopes to learn the aspects and life of a professional soccer player as he wishes to become one, one day.
Gabe Auringer, Striker: and right wing looks forward to playing higher level teams and preparing for the varsity high school season.
Sal Zani Sr., Head Coach: "This experience will be extraordinary for the boys. It will be great team bonding as well as personal growth for them on and off the field. I’m super excited to see the development of the team going into the fall season.”
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