CISCO DA ROSA
Few men in the history of New Jersey adult soccer enjoyed a more successful career than the late Cisco Da Rosa.
Born in Faro, Portugal in 1949 and raised as a child in Zimbabwe, Africa, Da Rosa became an instrumental figure in New Jersey soccer once he arrived in the U.S.
A graduate of Northeastern Bible College with a B.S. degree in Sports Management. He went on to play and coach at NEBC and later served as athletic director at the school.
Upon settling in the Garden State in the early 1980s, he became a successful player with Maritimo SC and Beira Mar SC teams in the Schaefer League. He also became a successful partner in Mortgage Plus, a mortgage brokerage company.
Cisco then became vice president of sports at Sport Club Portuguese in Newark in 1997.
He helped re-establish Sports Club Portuguese as a premier men’s amateur program, which produced a Champions League winner in 2004.
He also helped in developing the highly competitive regional Champions League and opened the doors as SCP to youth teams for the first time in the history of the illustrious club.
Cisco also helped launch a national level elite youth program at SCP in 2002, with Y League teams in the U-14 through U-18 age groups. He soon turned the single team program into the most complete soccer development organization in New Jersey.
Through Cisco’s efforts, Sports Club Portuguese today has 15 teams which are winning state, regional and national titles on a regular basis.