The Jersey Knights Wizards is a highly competitive U17 Boys team dedicated to the excellence of soccer through commitment, focus, and hard work. We are comprised primarily of boys from the Central New Jersey area. The team participates in the MAPS league as well as plays in MAPS, MSSL, US Club Soccer and other tournaments throughout the East Coast.
Head Coach for the U17 Boys team is Pedro Lopes.
Coach Pedro Lopes has been with the Jersey Knights as a coach/trainer for the past 15 years. He has been a member of the Jersey Knights Board of Directors for 10 years. He currently serves as the Knight’s Director of Coaching. His responsibilities include overseeing all the men’s teams and programs and supervising the Knight’s large, professional staff of coaches.
Offering a strong and diverse soccer resume. He is the former head coach at NJIT (New Jersey Intstitue of Technology) and the former first assistant coach and head of recruiting for the Rutgers University Men’s Program. He was also a camp director at the Bob Reasso soccer Academy at Rutgers University.
Coach Pedro Lopes is a former four year letter winner at Rutgers who was named to the NCAA All-American Team two times. His professional experience includes the A League, and the USSIL. He is a former member of the United States U-20 National Team Pool. He is a graduate of Rutgers University. He played his high school ball at St Benedicts Prep in Newark where he earned All State Honors. Pedro has extensive youth experience with children of all ages at the club level. He a member of the Rutgers University Athletic Hall of Fame. Pedro holds national licenses from USSF and the NSCAA.
The U17 boys team 2010-2012 accomplishments include:
2012 Ironbound Spring Warmup Tournament Champions
2012 Adidas Potomac Memorial Tournament (SEMI FINALIST)
2011 New Jersey State Cup (SEMI FINALIST)
2010 Howell United Thanksgiving Tournment FINALIST
Champions - MAPS 2010 Fall Challenge
The vision of a champion is someone bent over, drenched in sweat, to a point of exhaustion, when no one else is watching.
Success is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do.
Our mission as a team and club is to provide the best possible environment for the serious and dedicated player to reach their desired level of success on and off the field.