Jersey Express hires Anderson DaSilva and Francisco Assis "Chiquinho" da Silva as new coaches
Together, Anderson DaSilva and Francisco Assis "Chiquinho" da Silva Jr. have years of coaching and developmental experience in both Brazil and Florida. Now, the tandem will look to bring that success to the Garden State.
Both men were hired this week as coaches for the Jersey Express for the 2015 season, general manager Gali Maimon announced this week. Anderson and Chiquinho have worked together and known each other since they were each with Miami FC of the USL in 2006. They will replace Jeff Matteo, who stepped down in November after coaching the previous two years.
"It's just an honor to be a part of this," said Anderson DaSilva, who was the head coach of the USL's Ocala Stampede. "I spent some time up there and they were very, very accommodating and treated me really well. I couldn't say no. I had other offers, but the Jersey Express was the one that felt more comfortable and they were more professional with what they were doing."
"It's a very good opportunity to be close to the professional level again," Chiquinho da Silva said. "I'm here to help the players that are in and leaving college and need that final development. That's what I'm strong at, the developing side. I think I bring the expertise that can help the Jersey Express."
Chiquinho da Silva has coached at virtually all levels of soccer for the past 30 years, most of them in Brazil. Overall, he has coached 20 championship squads during his storied career. Most of those titles have come at the U18 and U20 level, earning Chiquino a reputation as one of the finest developers of young talent.
Chiquinho has a medical degree and a post-graduate degree in soccer science.
Anderson DaSilva also has a strong resume on the youth level as he is currently the head coach of The Villages Charter School and also the Director of Coaching at The Villages Soccer Club in Florida.
Their history of both international soccer and successfully developing young talent were huge benefits in the eyes of Maimon.
"When you're talking about world soccer and who's number one (in the world) it's Brazil," Maimon said. "To have somebody from there that really developed a lot of talented players that are big stars in the world of soccer now playing all over the world. That means a lot and Chiquinho is really known for developing 18-20 year olds. At that age, it's not easy to develop players. That's exactly what we're looking for."
"It's a professional development league, so we need to help our players to develop to the next level," Anderson DaSilva said. "If we do our job as developers successfully, then the wins are going to come because you're developing them to a professional level. The focus is on development, but the results are going to come with it."
This season, the Express went 10-1-3 and for the first time in team history won the PDL Mid-Atlantic Division title as well as the Eastern Conference Championship.
Tryouts for the 2015 season will be held on Dec. 20 and 21.