Go 2 Soccer

What we are about:

Go2Soccer was founded in 2013 by Tony Dominguez and Raphael Viana - two individuals whose soccer roots trace back to Harrison, New Jersey; the town well-known for its national record of 24 soccer state championships. Dominguez and Viana both made their marks at Harrison, each earning all-state honors while winning four combined state championships. After High school, Dominguez went on to star at Seton Hall University where he continued to excel on the soccer field. Viana attended Fairleigh Dickinson University playing two seasons before turning his attention to coaching.

As coaches, we are responsible for creating a positive environment that results in the player's development reaching its full potential. We strongly believe that positive reinforcement plays a crucial role in the evolution of any athlete. Go2Soccer's philosophy is simple: teach the game while promoting self-confidence.

Go2Soccer's coaching style is unique because we work on building a solid foundation that includes self confidence, and a fun learning environment. With a solid foundation, there is no telling how far your child can go. Self confidence is instilled in our players right from the beginning.

Staff

Raphael Viana

Qualifications

  •     Fairleigh Dickinson University (2004-2008)
  •     Member of NSCAA Coaches association
  •     First Aid and CPR certified

NCAA Playing Experience

  • FDU 2004-2006

Coaching Experience

  • Millburn Soccer Club (2010-Present)
  • Harrison High School Boys Soccer Coach (2007-2010)
  • JV Head Coach (2007-2010)
  • Varsity Assistant Coach (2007-2010)
  • Won 2007, 2008 NJSIAA State Championship
  • Director of Harrison Summer Soccer Camp (2005-Present)

Playing Experience

  • Fairleigh Dickinson University (2004-2007)
  • Harrison High School (2000-2003)
  • 3 time State Champion (2001,2002,2003)
  • Ranked number 1 team in New Jersey (2002)
  • First team All State Group II (2003)

Testimonials

 

 Danielle Speckhart

"Raphael Viana is an amazing goalie trainer but also an outstanding field trainer. His knowledge and understanding of kids in conjunction with his soccer training expertise makes him a unique and highly qualified trainer.

My 14 year old son is a perfect example. Raphael has trained him for the past two years and helped mold him into a goalie with confidence, technique and ability who thrives in the most competitive soccer environment. My 12 year old daughter, a forward,  gives him the same rave review."

 Frank and Gretchen Cuccio

"Our daughter Emily has been working with Raphael for a year and it is always amazing how he is able to adjust her technique and improve her game.  If she is struggling with any aspect of goalkeeping the first thing we do is call Raph."

 Karen Woros, Short Hills, NJ

"We were so lucky to have Coach Raph run our pre-school soccer class for four seasons. Raph helped the children build technical skills like stopping the ball and controlling it as well as passing and playing a position, all without the kids even realizing that they were doing “drills” because Raph was creative and made it so much fun! He has great rapport with kids; they listen to him and respect him and become stronger players as a result.

Raph also ran our pre-travel soccer summer class. As a former soccer player, I was very impressed when I saw Raph successfully teaching the kids how to verbally communicate plays to each other on the field – at ages 5 and 6! Now my daughter is in 1st grade she is playing recreation soccer, and every time a parent comments on what a strong player she is I tell them it is all because of Coach Raph. She can’t wait to try out for travel soccer next year, and it is because she got such a solid fundamental understanding of soccer and a love for the game from playing with Coach Raph."

 Megan Paradiso - Livingston, NJ

"Our family has known Coach Raph for over two years now. My 5-year-old son has been enrolled in various classes, camps and programs with Coach Raph since the age of 3 and my 7-year-old daughter has worked with Coach Raph several times over the past year and a half as well. It’s not always easy to get a group of small kids to listen and learn at the same time, but kids love Coach Raph. His easygoing and fun way of teaching soccer not only engages kids, but gives them the tools they need to be successful should they continue to play soccer as they get older. My son says, “Coach Raph is a good coach because he does lots of fun things!” Working with Coach Raph teaches kids not only the skills they need to play soccer, but a love of the game!"

 The Mangold Family

"Raphael Viana has worked with both our children for many years on the soccer field. I have also observed the change he has created for  many, many teammates. Raph's determination and passion to develop skills physically and mentally in players was most obvious when he worked with our son post an  injury.  After months of working "to get back in the game", Raph was right there on the sideline providing support for that very important first game. We know Go2Soccer will be of great value to so many kids, just like ours."
 

 John Aiello

"Coach Raph and the Go2 soccer program has been terrific for my children. The trainers are patient, organized and focused on not only having the children have fun, but have them learn foot skills, passing skills, organization and positioning- as opposed to just kicking the ball down the field and chasing. Both my sons spent a few years with Go2 Soccer and are now playing club soccer with PDA. I would strongly recommend this program for you 5-7 yr old children"

 Andrea Greshwin

"Simply put, Raph and the Go2Soccer team is second to none. Coach Raph has known our boys since they were two. The boys are now eight and we can honestly say there have been few others who have had such a positive impact on our kids. Whether it was when the boys were two and three years old and they were too shy to get involved in a soccer class or more recently when Raph trained their soccer team, he was always there to support them with his patient, energetic and caring nature. Raph knows the definition of work-hard; play hard and I think that rubs off on the kids when they are around him! He has instilled a sense of confidence in our kids that few others have been able to do. Our kids know that, in Raph, they have a trusted coach, mentor and friend. Thank you to all of the coaches at Go2Soccer for teaching our boys the fundamentals of how to play the game and also showing them how much fun training hard can be."

 Debra Caplan

"We moved to Short Hills and all my 6 year old at the time wanted was to take a soccer class.  
He by some amazing luck ended up in Coach Raph's class.  After that first class my son's face glowed when he went to and from soccer class.  I had never seen him so happy playing a sport with someone.  Raph made every single class more fun than the one before, he taught the kids at a level they could relate to.  He finds their strengths and also sees where they need improvement, and he always encourages them every step of the way, making them the best they can be.  My son was hysterically crying when he "aged out" of Go2Soccer and had to start with Town Travel, because in his eyes no one would ever be better than Coach Raph."