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WELCOME TO THE FAMILY

WE ARE ROYAL SPORTING CONNECTICUT

WELCOME TO 

THE ROYAL FAMILY

As an organization, our goal is to create an elite coaching culture that focuses on fine details. As a family of coaches, our mission is to create an environment that leads to individual growth and a family-like culture.  The moral character of our organization is dictated by the individuals within it, and leadership representation from each trainer is the key to success. 

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PURPOSE

The purpose of Royal Sporting is to empower local soccer players with professional guidance and support on their soccer journey.

MISSION

Our mission is inspire, educate, and develop proficient soccer players and coaches through positive, safe & professional soccer experiences.

VISION

Our vision is to drive a new era of development, growth, and retainment of soccer players within each partnered organization.

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Chief Soccer officer

CARLO ACQUISTA 

Carlo Acquista, a former New York Red Bulls scout and former head coach at Adelphi University and St. Francis College, was named the fifth head coach of the Fordham men’s soccer program on January 30, 2019 by Fordham director of athletics Dave Roach.

In addition to his college coaching, Acquista is co-founder of Royal Sporting Group, serving as Head of Club Development and coaching education. He has been a U.S. Soccer Coaching Education instructor, a Region I ODP coach and player evaluator, and holds a USSF “A” Coaching License.

A graduate of St. John’s University in 2000, Acquista was a four-year member of the Red Storm men’s soccer team, which reached the NCAA tournament in each of his four seasons. He helped St. John’s capture an NCAA Division I national title in 1996 and also had a hand in two Big East Championship teams. He has a degree in sports management from St. John’s and later graduated from Adelphi University with a master’s degree in sports management. 

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General Manager

GABE RAMOS

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Gabe Ramos oversees all aspects of soccer and day-to-day operations of Royal Sporting Group. This includes management of trainers, camps, clinics, club partnerships and new sporting initiatives. Gabe is a former educator at Chaminade High School. During his 13 year tenure, he helped guide the Chaminade Soccer program to championship success on the Freshman, Junior Varsity, and Varsity levels. Ramos played NCAA Division I soccer at Iona College, as well as NCAA Division II at Molloy University. As a youth player, Gabe played for Albertson Red Storm Clash. He helped his team earn 5 ENY State Cup Championships from 2001-2005, the Region 1 Championship in 2003 and 2004, and led them to be National Finalists in 2003 and 2004.  He graduated from Molloy University with a Masters in Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration & Management, and a Minor in Spanish Language & Literature. Click here to connect.

Program director

MATT PECHEONE

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Matt grew up in upstate New York and has been involved with soccer his entire life. He began his career with Coliseum SC and the Syracuse Blitz as an elite club player. During that time he also captained his High School team, New Hartford, to its first ever sectional and state championship. Scoring 68 goals in two seasons at New Hartford, Matt won league player of the year and was awarded back to back All Mohawk Valley and All CNY team of the year. This led him to receive a scholarship to play College soccer at Le Moyne in Syracuse NY.  At Le Moyne, Matt was a standout that lead the team to three NCAA Tournament appearances and a conference tournament title. He was a three time All-Conference and NSCAA Adidas All-Region selection. Matt began his coaching career by going directly into the professional ranks with the New England Revolution of Major League Soccer where he has been coaching within the Academy for 10 years now. Currently serves as the Program Director for Glastonbury Hartwell Soccer Club in Glastonbury, CT. At Hartwell, Matt oversees and all aspects of the club. Hartwell is of the oldest and largest clubs in all of New England that houses over 1500 players and 150 coaches. He holds his USSF National coaching license and various NSCAA coaching licenses. 

Head of player development & recruitment

MIKE MILLER 

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Mike Miller, an 18-year veteran of the collegiate coaching ranks, has developed a strong reputation for turning around programs and has recruited and promoted 20 players to Major League Soccer, including 11 first-round picks, in his coaching career. Originally from East Brunswick, N.J., he completed his fourth season as associate head coach at UConn in 2019. Most notably, however, Miller’s guidance on the field helped lead the Orange (14-6-1) to a breakout season in 2012 – advancing to the NCAA Round of 16, just the program’s second all-time NCAA postseason appearance. Syracuse finished the year ranked No. 17 in the NSCAA/Continental Tire Poll, after going just 3-12-1 the year before in 2011. He served as a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA), holding several national coaching licenses and served as the chair on the group’s committee that was responsible for selecting the national assistant coach of the year. Currently, he is on the All-American and Mac Hermann Trophy Committee. Click here to learn more.