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29 minutes | Apr 8, 2020
Valencia Academy Canada
The director of Valencia International academies Borja Eroles Martinez stops by to tell us more about the upcoming residency project coming to Montreal in September 2020. The episode highlights what the academy will look like and how this will be a unique opportunity for young Canadian Soccer players.
48 minutes | Feb 18, 2019
Amateur Spotlight: Marco Carducci
In the episode we got to speak with the man between the pipes for Cavalry FC Marco Carducci. Marco talked to us about growing up in Calgary and what it was like representing his province and country at such a young age. We also got to speak to Marco about his time in the Vancouver Whitecaps system and his transition from the academy to the first team. We also got Marco’s initial impressions about the CPL and what he expects from his new team in 2019.
35 minutes | Jan 27, 2019
Pro Focus EP 4: Sam Adekugbe
In this episode of Pro Focus we spoke with Canada Men’s national team defender Sam Adekugbe. Sam who is originally from England talks to us about moving to Canada and progressing up the ranks in the Vancouver Whitecaps Academy system to the first team. We also talk about what it’s like to play abroad and the challenges that come with being a professional athlete. In the ladder part of the episode we get Sam’s insight on what it was like to get his first national team call and shares with us his goals as a professional in the future!
43 minutes | Dec 30, 2018
Amatuer Spotlight: Mamadi Camara
In this episode we had a chance to speak with Montreal, Quebec native Mamadi Camara. Mamadi was recently selected to participate in the MLS combine after his phenomenal 4 year career at Simon Fraser University. Mamadi talks to us about growing up in the Quebec youth system, how he ended up at Simon Fraser University in BC, his goals as a professional in the next few years and much more!
39 minutes | Dec 3, 2018
Pro Focus EP 3: Shamit Shome
In this episode of Pro Focus we spoke with Montreal Impact midfielder Shamit Shome. Shamit who is originally from Edmonton, Alberta talks about playing in the FC Edmonton Academy and how he made the transition from a USPORTS rookie with Alberta Golden Bears to MLS draft pick. We also talk about his Canadian National team experience and how it feels to represent the red & white. In the ladder part of the episode we get Shamit’s insight on what it’s like to be a pro, and the sacrifices he has made along the way!
30 minutes | Nov 30, 2018
Amatuer Spotlight: Thomas Gardner
In this episode we had a chance to speak to North Vancouver native Thomas Gardner. Thomas was recently selected in the inaugural CPL/ USPORTS draft in the first round by Pacific FC. Gardner talks to us about his draft day experience, his phenomenal freshman season at UBC, and what it was like developing in the youth soccer system in British Columbia!
43 minutes | Nov 26, 2018
Pro Focus EP 2: Richie Laryea
In this episode of Pro Focus we spoke with Orlando City midfielder Richie Laryea! Richie who is originally from Toronto, Ontario talks about developing his skills at the infamous Sigma FC Academy and why his “1995” age group was so influential in Canada Soccer. He also chats to us about his time in the NCAA with Akron University and his journey to being drafted in the MLS on a Generation Adidas contract. In the ladder part of the episode we get Richie’s thoughts on the CPL and who he would chose to play for if he had to make a choice between York 9 & Forge FC!
35 minutes | Nov 18, 2018
Pro Focus EP 1: Raheem Edwards
In our first episode of Pro Focus we had the opportunity to chat with Chicago Fire star Raheem Edwards. Raheem talked to us about growing up in Mississauga, Ontario playing youth soccer with his home club Erin Mills, OCAA soccer at Sheridan College, and his time spent in League One Ontario. We also got Raheem’s story on how he became a pro and the transitions he went through from Toronto FC 2 to the first team and eventuality making the controversial move to rival Montreal Impact.We also talk about the Canadian Men’s national team, the CPL and which team he would one day love to play for.
37 minutes | Nov 10, 2018
Amateur Spotlight: Mitchell Popadynetz
In this episode of ‘Amateur Spotlight’ we spoke with Canada West 2017 ‘Player of the Year’ Mitch Popadynetz. Mitch talked to us about playing youth soccer in BC and the sacrifices he had to make at an early age. He also touched on his career in USPORTS and what it was like playing for Thompson Rivers University & UBC. We also got a chance to talk some PDL; his time spent with Victoria Highlanders,and his pro aspirations coming up in a few days with the USPORTS/CPL draft taking place.
35 minutes | Oct 20, 2018
Amateur Spotlight: Triston Henry
In this episode we spoke to Sigma FC goalkeeper from Scarborough, Ontario, Triston Henry. Triston shares with us his experiences playing youth soccer in Ontario, how he ended up with multiple division 1 offers in the states, and his time spent in League One Ontario;describing how he feels it has prepared him for his next step into becoming a professional!
41 minutes | Oct 13, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP 8: Callum Montgomery
In this episode we spoke to one of the most highly touted prospects in NCAA men's soccer, Callum Montgomery. Callum talked to us about his journey to Charlotte University and what it is like playing for a nationally ranked team. He also shared with us his experiences playing youth soccer in BC and not being considered a "top" player when he was younger. The defender also shed some light on playing in the PDL and when he was starting to get consideration as a premier MLS porspect.
63 minutes | Oct 6, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP 7: Carlo DiFeo
In this episode we spoke to Hamilton, Ontario native Carlo DiFeo. Carlo talked to us about his youth development in the greater Toronto area, playing for Oakville Blue Devils in League One Ontario, how he transformed as a player at McMaster University & much more!
34 minutes | Sep 28, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP6: Ajeej Sarkaria
In our sixth episode of 'Amatuer Spotlight' we spoke with Edmonton, Alberta native Ajeej Sarkaria who is currently suiting up for Alberta University in the USPORTS, Canada West conference. We talked with Ajeej about his experiences as a youth footballer in Alberta, his time spent playing professionally in Europe, what it's like playing for the Calgary Foothills & much more!
37 minutes | Sep 22, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP5: Matteo Polisi & Marcello Polisi
In this episode we talked to the ‘Polisi Brothers’ from BC! The two both play for the powerhouse Simon Fraser University in NCAA Div 2, and are highly touted players out west. The brothers talk to us about playing for SFU,the TSS Rovers in the PDL, and their time at Vancouver Whitecaps residency. We also find out about their youth careers and how they developed in the youth system in B.C.
28 minutes | Sep 15, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP4: Brandon Duarte
This episode we got a chance to speak with Brandon Duarte a star midfielder from Mississauga, Ontario and standout for St. John’s University (NCAA Div 1). We talked to Brandon about what it’s like playing for the Oakville Blue Devils in League One Ontario, his path to becoming a division 1 soccer player , and much more!
33 minutes | Sep 9, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP3: Cory Bent
In this episode of ‘Amateur Spotlight’ we spoke with USPORTS 2017 ‘Player of the Year’ Cory Bent. Cory talked to us about his undefeated championship run with Cape Breton University , his time spent with Victoria Highlanders in the PDL, and even his brief stint with Manchester United as a youth academy player!
41 minutes | Aug 31, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP2: Elijah Adekugbe
In our second episode of ‘Amateur Spotlight’ we spoke with Calgary, Alberta native Elijah Adekugbe who is fresh off a championship season with Calgary Foothills U23. We talked with Elijah about his experiences with Man City & Vancouver Whitecaps residency, his valuable time spent playing in USPORTS, and much more!
30 minutes | Aug 21, 2018
Amateur Spotlight EP1: Andron Kagramanyan
This episode we got the chance to speak the Andron a star midfielder from Thornhill, Ontario and standout for Fordham University (NCAA Div 1). We talked to Andron about what his youth career was like, his time spent with Vaughn SC, and his thoughts on the CPL!
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