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2017/2018 Manhattan Kickers FC Staff and Volunteer Administration

Evan Rosenthal ( President

Tom Hatton ( Director of Little Kickers Soccer School

Eduardo Cruz Rodriguez ( 2008 Coach 

Marko Malovic ( ): 2007 Coach

Devin Leahy ( 2009 Coach

Admir Nezaj ( 2010 Coach

Sebastian Garces ( 2011 Coach

David Villanova ( 2006 Coach 

Kashif Anthony ( 2012 Coach

Sebastiano Mana ( Goalkeeper Coach

Head Administrator: Jessica Loparco (

Field Administrator: Yao Chew (

Treasurer: Tim Hynes (


Evan Rosenthal is the MKFC President and has been working with the club since the beginning. He is a native of Cleveland, Ohio and played for the Cleveland United Soccer Club for most of his formative years.  On his youth teams, he developed friendships that remain to this day. His enjoyment of his experience as a youth player has motivated him to make an even better club experience for Kickers players, so that they may share the same joy of the game of soccer and as well as being a part of a close-knit team and club. As a scholastic player, Evan captained his High School team and later went on to play for nationally-ranked Washington University, where his collegiate career was cut short by injury. After two years in the corporate world as a securities analyst, he earned a masters degree in Creative Writing from the University of Edinburgh, in Scotland, and he continues to write and is an avid reader. Since 2003, he has been a coach, working exclusively with Manhattan Kickers FC teams and taking over the club in 2011. For over a decade, he has coached all ages of teams and hundreds of players, specializing in the 5-12 age groups. His teams have competed successfully in the United States but also around world, and several of his former players have been selected to the US Youth National teams and top European and South American Youth Academies. While Evan grew up in the American system, he is well-traveled and has visited professional youth academies and coached Kickers teams in various countries around the world. With over ten years experience in New York City and his soccer education around the globe, Evan brings to American youth soccer a respect and appreciation for the highest levels of the world game, and a desire to share his love for soccer and team sports to the next generation of players.

Tom Hatton is from Reading, England and has 25 years playing experience, including representing Nottingham University one of the top college teams in the UK. Tom has extensive global soccer experience, playing in Korea, South Africa, Ireland as well as North America where he represented England in the Copa NYC, World Cup of New York. In addition, he has attended major global tournaments including the 2002 World Cup in Japan and 2004 Euro Cup in Portugal. After college he began working in Sports marketing, whilst coaching for the Nike, EA Games and MLS soccer programs, specializing in ages 6-9. Tom works as an actor and has gained exposure in TV and theater, including roles as a sports host. Tom uses his theatrical training and sports background as the Director of the Little Kickers Soccer School for ages 3-5. He is also the MKFC 2007 head coach.

Devin Leahy  is a native New Yorker raised on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. Devin fell in love with soccer in 1st grade when introduced to the game by Mirko Cavar, Head of Athletics at the Trevor Day School.  Shortly afterwards he joined the Manhattan Soccer Club and was coached by Manhattan Kickers founder and former director Curt Rosenthal. Devin went on to captain Trevor Day Schools high school team, where he also coached 1st through 5th graders as part of the Physical Education Program. As a youth player, Devin competed in Europe, participating in the Gothia Cup in Sweden and the Harlem Cup in Holland, and trained with Vitoria FC in Brasil in the summers leading up to college. His exposure to players and coaches from aroud the world has given him a thorough understanding of different playing styles while crafting his game.  Devin went on to play in college, leading the Hunter College Hawks to their first NCAA birth in over a decade while captaining the team as the center midfielder.  During his time with the team, the Hunter was ranked 34th in the nation. Declining a semi-professional offer in Puerto Rico after college, Devin took the opportunity to work for Cipriani USA, in New York, Beverly Hills, and Istanbul.  Currently, Devin is back at home working in real estate and has brings his experience and enthusiasm to the Manhattan Kickers FC coaching staff. 

Admir Nezaj moved to New York City from Kosovo at age 8 and two weeks later became an MKFC player. For the next five years, he played on the MKFC 96/97 team under Evan Rosenthal. Admir was one of the most skillful players ever to wear an MKFC shirt and played for one of the most successful MKFC teams - winning numerous leagues and tournaments. Admir scored the goal on an overhead kick to win MKFC the State Championship, the first of any Manhattan team. After the Kickers, Admir went on to play for various NYC teams, including Met Oval, and he continues to play for the New York Athletic Club. Now Admir returns to MKFC as a coach and looks to pass on his knowledge and experience to the next generation of Kickers players.

Sebastian Garces is a second former-MKFC player to join the coaching staff. He played on the 96/97 team under current MKFC President Evan Rosenthal, and then transitioned to the then-affiliate BW Gottschee in the US Development Academy, where he played through U18. He attended the University of Buffalo  before transferring back to college in NYC. As a player, Sebastian captained the MKFC 96/97 team who won numerous tournaments around the region. Sebas is another up-and-coming MKFC coaches who understands the system and enjoys developing the current young players in the club.

Eduardo Cruz Rodriguez  is a native of Colombia and brings over twenty years of high-level coaching experience to the club. As a player, Eduardo had a professional career from 1986 to 1992 in Colombia (Deportivo Cali, Deportivo Pereira, Deportes Tolima, Sporting de Barranquilla) and Venezuela (Club Atletico Zamora). After his professional career, Eduardo began coaching at one of Colombia's top clubs, Deportivo Cali of the Categora Primera A (First Division) and afterwards at Categora Primera B (Second Division) club Academia FC. Later, Eduardo would be the head coach of the professional teams at Centauros FC and Universitario Popaya (Categora Primera B), and top-flight clubs Once Caldas (winner of the 2004 Copa Libertadores), and Deportes Quindio. Besides working with professional teams, Eduardo has overseen player development programs and the youth academies of clubs. Now based on New York, Eduardo brings years of accumulated knowledge and experience to the Kickers coaching staff.

David Vilanova played for his hometown club CD Roquetenc from the age of 7 to 18 years-old. Located outside of Barcelona, he continued to the club's amateur team and began coaching.  In 2011, he was offered a contract by CF Amposta (Third Division) and continued playing on other semi-professional teams in Catalonia. During this time, he earned a four-year Sports Teacher degree and UEFA B and UEFA A licenses. During his UEFA A course he worked at the FC Barcelona Technical School as a volunteer coach, where he learned the philosophy of one of the top clubs in the world. After receiving his license, David followed his dream of coming to the United Sates and began work with Global Premier Soccer (Bayern Munich Official Partner), as an FC Bayern Munich ID Program (USA) Head Coach. Currently, David is a full-time DV7 Soccer Academy staff coach in New York City.

Kashif Anthony's passion for soccer started at age of seven in his native country of Trinidad and Tobago where he played soccer every day in the streets. After migrating to the United States, he played club soccer for Soccer Expression FC in Brooklyn, where he learned the fundamentals of soccer while training three days a week.  Kashif graduated college in 2013 with a Bachelor's degree in Kinesiology and Health Science, and sought to pursue a career in the world of soccer. His first coaching opportunity was with the University Settlement, Beacon Program. He coached there from 2015 to 2017, focusing on preparing athletes physically for practices and games, and his teams we won the Chelsea Piers Indoor League, Asphalt Green's Community Sports League and the NYCD Nike Summer League. During that time, Kashif also began working with MKFC 's Little Kickers. Although Kashif had never worked with the 3-5 age group, he adapted and became a top Little Kickers coach. Due to his stellar work with the Little Kickers, for the 2017/2018 season, Kashif was asked to be the U6 Head Coach for MKFC.

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