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BENFICA DC STAFF

Davide Gomes

Technical Director

  • Director, International Soccer Schools Program, SL Benfica
  • UEFA B Soccer, UEFA B Futsal; MS, BS Sports Science

Carlos Veloso

  • Head Coach, SL Benfica Academy
  • UEFA B; BS Sports Science

Danilo Melo

  • Elite Training, International, Caixa Futebol Campus
  • Technical Coordinator, Head Coach, SL Benfica International Academies
  • UEFA B; MS, BS Sports Science

Marco Sousa

  • Assistant Coach U19 SL Benfica Fem Academy Team
  • Head Coach, SL Benfica Soccer School Elites
  • UEFA B; BS Sports Science

Pedro Braz

Director of Operations / Coaching

  • Former professional player
  • Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Gallaudet University
  • Former Head Men’s Soccer Coach, Montgomery College
  • USSF B; BS Sociology, Sports Studies, University of New Hampshire‍

Wil Ricketts

  • Head Coach, Boys Soccer (Varsity), St. John’s Catholic Prep

Scott Payne

Club Administrator

  • BA Foreign Policy, Louisiana State University; MA International affairs, George Washington University
  • USSF D, Coach, arlington soccer association

Parent Reviews

Benfica's summer clinic was a great experience for my son. The coaches were top notch and the sessions intense. He learned so much in one week and really enjoyed it.

George Galdiz

My son said the Benfica clinics were some of the best practices he's ever had! He came away a better and more confident player.

Reme Moya

Our son has attended Benfica DC summer camps the last 3 years and they are excellent. The coaches are from SL Benfica's youth academy in Lisbon and their training methods have improved our son's play immensely.

Sabrae Derby

My son learned so much at the Benfica clinics. Pedro and the staff really care about helping their players get better.

Laura Stout

With so many options for soccer camps in this area, Benfica stands head and shoulders above the rest. My son has trained at Benfica clinics for two years and particularly likes the work ethic of the coaches.

Jim Rowley

Mis hijas participaron de las clinicas que ofrecieron SL Benfica en el area y fue una de las mejores experiencias que tuvimos, con entrenadores directamente traidos desde Portugal; muy profecionales.

Henry Andrade