A talented attacking player from Vancouver Island, Dario Zanatta joined Whitecaps FC Residency in September 2011.
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2012-13: The Victoria native started 19 of 27 regular season games for Whitecaps FC U-16 Residency, scoring a team-high eight times for the club. On May 5, 2013, he scored a hat-trick in the U-16’s 5-0 win over Santa Cruz Breakers. Two weeks later on May 19, he netted both goals en route to a 2-1 win over Cal Odyssey.
Zanatta enjoyed a productive youth career in his hometown of Victoria, BC. From 2002 to 2007, the midfielder played U-6 to U-13 level soccer for the Gorge Soccer Association. In 2007, he was also a member of Victoria United’s U-13 squad in the United Soccer Leagues Super Y-League. From 2008 to 2011, Zanatta played U-14 Metro level soccer with Victoria Capitals. This included British Columbia Coastal Cup and BC Provincial Cup titles with Victoria Capitals U-14’s during the 2010-11 season, with the midfielder being named Most Valuable Player in the BC Provincial Cup final. With Victoria Capitals, Zanatta participated in the 2011 Canadian U-14 Club Championship in Mount Pearl, Newfoundland. From 2008 to 2011, the midfielder was also a member of the BC provincial team program at the U-13 and U-14 levels. Zanatta also trained for two seasons in the Canadian Soccer Association’s National Training Program (British Columbia region) as a U-14 player (2009-10 and 2010-11).
As a student, Zanatta attended Prospect Lake Elementary School in his hometown of Victoria, BC, from 2002 to 2007. As part of the Residency program, Zanatta currently attends Holy Cross Regional High School in Surrey, BC.
Zanatta’s favourite team are Italian giants AC Milan, his favourite player is Brazilian midfielder Kaka. The midfielder hopes to play at AC Milan’s famous Stadio Giuseppe Meazza one day. When not playing soccer, Zanatta enjoys playing video games, poker, and badminton. His favourite foods are pasta and ribs.