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Andrea Casella - Feb 2020

What teams do you currently coach?

  • ’06 boys red and I am an apprentice coach with the 06 DA and 07 DA (both boys)

Tell us a little about your background / experience and how you became involved with soccer…what was your path before Real?

  • I was born in Turin (Italy). I start to play soccer when I was 4 years old and I have play throughout Europe for 20+ years reaching the semi pro level in Italy. Growing up I also played for Juventus. I had a bad injury to my back and I had to stop to play, and that’s why I became a coach. I moved to the United States in 2018 from Italy.

How long have you been with Real?

  • Since fall 2019

What made you become interested (keeps you interested) in coaching?

  • It’s something that had always caught my attention even when I still was a player. Every drill I was trying to understand the reason behind and try to see what impact it would make on our way to play as a team or as individual.

What are some of your best memories you have with Real Colorado?

  • The Las Vegas tournament. I decide with the parents to have the whole team go in Las Vegas with a bus and not with a flight in order to have them spending more time together and build up a big chemistry also outside the field.. they had a lot of fun and it was amazing!!

What do you view as the most important attributes a player needs to be successful?

  • To be successful in soccer a player need concentration, intelligence and attitude (discipline). I know these are three attributes and not one, but I cannot name one as the most important because I believe that by missing one of these attributes you can only be a good player – not a successful one.

If you could go back in time and talking to yourself when you first began coaching, what advise would you give?

  • Be brief and more direct on the point you want to make. When I first start coaching I was losing a lot of time by talking too much on the field, taking off precious time for practice.

Who are the people in your life who impacted you the most soccer wise and what were those qualities that caused them to stand out?

  • I would name my uncle. He was an incredible soccer player, I grow up by watching his games when I wasn’t playing mine. What made him such a special soccer player was the determination and the awareness of the game. He could read the game as a coach by with the advantage to be on the field, knowing when to slow down the game and when it need to be at a faster pace. He was playing as central mid and he was the real brain of the team.
Jack Lima - Feb 2020

What teams do you currently coach?

  •  ’09 Boys National and ’07 Boy ECNL

Tell us a little about your background / experience and how you became involved with soccer…what was your path before Real?

  • I am originally from Brasil, naturally, soccer became an avid passion of mine. During my youth in the city of Recife, I played indoor (Futsal) and outdoor soccer for the Spot Club. While also representing my school in tournaments on the varsity team. I played on the beach, the concrete, streets and any kind of flat surface. No shin guards, no parents and no referees. We made our own teams and chose who played and what position. It was extremely competitive yet still pure fun.  When I first became involved with Real, it was back in 1995 when I was taking my oldest son Tiago to register for a soccer team. I had asked who the coach was going to be, they told me there was no coach yet and asked if I was interested, and of course, I said I would help to coach the team.

How long have you been with Real?

  • This August of 2020, I will have coached for the club for 25 years!! After coaching both of my sons Tiago & Logan’s teams for several years, I made de the decision to start coaching competitive when my young son tried out and made a competitive team. As a parent and coach, I have been on both sides of the field.

What made you become interested (keeps you interested) in coaching?

  • It is not just about coaching soccer! Soccer for me is an irreplaceable tool to help develop responsible, respectful, competitive, driven athletes. These values will help them excel in all walks of life, long after their competitive soccer years are behind them.  Coaching is not about winning or losing a single game, for me it’s about creating a winning mindset that the teams will carry on with after they play for me. Being a part of a team is a highly sought-after skill set for colleges and their future professional lives. 

What are some of your best memories you have with Real Colorado?

  • There are so many to choose from over the past 25 years. Some of the highlights were:winning a State Cup Championship with a second team that was playing P2, winning over 50 Championships with second teams, representing Real Colorado and the State of Colorado 2 times in Hawaii and one time in California. Also, most importantly, helping players to develop the love of the for the beautiful game. Additionally, seeing players of mine (and other coaches too) go onto play at all levels of collegiate soccer, has truly been memorable.

What do you view as the most important attributes a player needs to be successful?

  • Athletes of disciplines need to have desire, passion, and respect for the game, opponents coaches and parents. Discipline, mental strength, along with grit are important factors to be successful in any sport. All my players know that we have a word for these attributes, it is called “Garra”!

If you could go back in time and talking to yourself when you first began coaching, what advise would you give?

  • My advice to myself or any younger coach would be to communicate and be patient with players and especially with parents as much as possible. Being respectful with each other as we can always disagree, give feedback. Open communication and mutual understanding will help diffuse any issues, miscommunications and hopefully bring all the parents together towards one common goal.

Who are the people in your life who impacted you the most soccer wise and what were those qualities that caused them to stand out?

  • One of the best players at the professional level in Recife was a player named Cuica (Quee-kah). He was a right-wing midfielder player, the same position I played during my youth. Another person who influenced me was Mr. Batista, who coached me for several years in the Sports Club. I still use some of his techniques today and coach my players with the same mindset. He helped to teach us that quitting was not an option!