DV7 Welcomes Coach David Vilanova to New York City


  • David joins as a staff coach for all NYC-based DV7 Programs

Over the summer of 2017, David Vilanova arrived from Spain to join the coaching staff of DV7 Soccer. After coaching the DV7 Summer Camps at Ramapo College, Met Oval, and Queens College, starting in the fall he will be involved with all the DV7 New York City-based programs.

“After some interviews with the DV7 Technical Director, I didn’t hesitate to accept the challenge and move to New York City to become DV7 soccer coach,” David said. “DV7 is a great project with a huge potential. The people with involved are best in their area so I think it is a good opportunity to grow as a person and as a coach.”

David holds a UEFA A License and Teaching Degree with a specialization in Sports. In Spain, he has years of experience (playing and coaching) with the Spanish Methodology, which he will use develop young soccer players in the USA.

“So far I have coached in the three camps that we have had this summer in NYC. It has been an amazing opportunity to work with DV7 Methodology. Sharing the field with Marc Sabate and Hector Nunez – both with great backgrounds – has been a really good chance to learn more about the project and about soccer in general.”

As a DV7 staff coach, David will be working at the DV7 programs at the Upper 90 Soccer Center in Astoria. There, he will train players in the DV7 Supplemental Training program along with DV7 Astoria FC teams. He will also serve as the head coach of the Manhattan Kickers FC – DV7 U12 team.

“We are launching a new academy in Astoria and I hope I can help to make it succeed and develop players. Also I’ll be the 2006 Manhattan Kickers FC Head Coach which a excellent opportunity for me to be a part of this club with long history in the city. I’m looking forward to starting to work with them, my big challenge is to improve them and help them to better understand the game.”

MKFC President Evan Rosenthal is already impressed with what he’s seen from David and excited to have him join the MKFC staff.

“We are happy to have David be a part of MKFC,” Evan said. “I feel that David will provide not only a great knowledge-base for the kids to learn the game, but his demeanor and professionalism will offer the players something that is rare among youth coaches in the area.”

David is eager to implement the DV7 system.  

“Sometime I see players getting the ball and running towards the goal, just thinking about scoring,” David explained. “We are trying to build smart players able to make the best decisions in each moment of the game. We like teams that are capable of keeping possession when there is no clear options to play forward.”

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