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BLennard last won the day on October 29 2018

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  1. BLennard

    Axel Desjardins

    Yes that was my point thank you. I read this super great article a while back on why GK transfer fees were much lower than any other position. Because no matter how good he is, he can not win a game on his own. The best he can do is get you one point. The difference between a decent gk and a great one, is how clutch he will be when his team is hanging on by one goal. How reliable he is. This is exactly why Ter Stegen is so important to Barcelona, he never wins them games, but always keeps them in it. Another example; today in the Man C-Chelsea game, literally anyone in the world could have been in nets and they would still have won. So for Axel's case, it's those key saves at 2-1 and 1-1 that make him a greater keeper than his rival (that's what I'm guessing, because yes you are right that on paper Mazzini is the better keeper).
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    Axel Desjardins

    Played in a 2-0 victory vs Venezia u19. Game recap: https://www.acspezia.com/news/primavera-2-1819-spezia-venezia-2-0.19626.html This time his name appears once; at the 15th minute, he makes an easy save. Funnily enough, I believe this is his first clean sheet of the season. Really shows how most GK stats are meaningless. Nonetheless, I bet he'll proudly take it. His team has been on fire lately with 13 points in 5 games, bringing them 1 pt from 3rd spot (playoff). They also have the 3rd best defensive record in the league.
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    Axel Desjardins

    Once again he played today in a 1-1 draw. Here is the Italian game recap: https://www.acspezia.com/news/primavera-2-1819-padova-spezia-1-1.19593.html He made two exceptional saves; the first one being on a break away and the other one at the last minute where he made (this is translated word for word) a MIRACULOUS save to keep it 1-1. The goal he conceded was on a 'perfect' free-kick from the edge of the box. Discovered these recaps last week, I will probably continue posting them here. Still haven't found game videos though.
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    Axel Desjardins

    Axel played today against Hellas Verona for Spezia U19 in a 2-1 victory. For those who speak or understand Italian, here is the game recap: https://www.acspezia.com/news/primavera-2-1819-spezia-hellas-verona-2-1.19542.html Based on this: He played pretty well, making a couple of really key saves. The goal he left in was an 'unfortunate deviation' from a free-kick. Looking at the table, it was a must win game, bringing them up to 4th place and 2pts from the 3rd spot. This is his second win in as many games.
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    Axel Desjardins

    Missed this yesterday. The club wished him happy birthday on their Instagram and Facebook page. Shows the club and the fans rate him. I'd really wish Primavera games were more accessible, so we'd be able to see what he truly is all about. -If I'm right with the little Italian I know, the post says happy birthday to him, celebrating his 19th birthday. They call him the pillar of their primavera squad and mention his U20 tryouts with Canada. And they also mention how he has made his way to the first squad since the summer. He has yet to feature in the starting 11.
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    Axel Desjardins

    Just found this picture while browsing Instagram. Been a month or so since I last saw or heard anything about him. Nice to see Axel still training with the first team, all smiles most importantly! (3rd from the left) Edit: It'll also be interesting to see if he'll be invited straight up at the beginning, this time for the Olympic squad.
  7. BLennard

    TOKYO 2020

    In all honesty, all three are playing at arguably the 3 best clubs in the world. I could not see how the Olympics would hurt their cause. If any of the three became a first team player, even more to celebrate!
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    TOKYO 2020

    I decided to create this topic cause I think we are due one. The Olympics are approaching fast and the qualifications even faster (guessing early 2020). I don't want to start too many rumours as nothing has been made official yet, but we should get a good look at what the initial squad will look like in the coming months. Which U23 players would you like to see represent our country? I'd say a front 3 of Davies-Tabla-Millar is a good start. 😬
  9. BLennard

    Joakim Milli

    The coach for Clean Sheet is Rino Angelillo, and I used to coach with him back when he was just starting out (3-4 years ago). Another funny thing is Breza was my teammate for 3 years (he is one year younger). So you can say that Im pretty lucky to have met these awesome hard working people. And Im glad all their efforts are paying off. Right now, Im just following them from afar, but I still have my contacts.
  10. BLennard

    Joakim Milli

    Yes there is. Here is the link to their facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cleansheetinternational/ Ive seen Breza train on here too. If you ask me, they look like they're doing a pretty good job at developing professional keepers.
  11. BLennard

    Axel Desjardins

    Oh and btw, his first squad jersey number is 12, which isn't a shirt you give to any academy player. I thought that was quite interesting.
  12. BLennard

    Axel Desjardins

    I think these stats aren't so reliable. The reason why Axel didn't play in the last the 3 games was because he was called into the first squad. And as you can see, his defence seems to be making somewhat a lot of turnovers. There are actually some highlights from the Ascoli game in my video. I personally would prefer him and Hasal as the two main goalies for our u20 squad, because whether or not we like it, Busti spent only 10 months as a child in Canada, and there is a language barrier. Communication is key with the team in front of him, and if there is a lack of it, things can go south really quick. And looking at goalie stats isn't all that reflective of who's best. I'll give you a few examples: Spurs have a better win rate and let in less goals on average when Gazzaniga is in nets, but would you pick him over Lloris? Jordan Pickford was playing for relegated side Sunderland and beat the transfer record for a keeper the same summer. Ederson won the Premier League title with the best defence in the league, yet Alisson was picked in front of him for the WC. As Canadians we can also see this phenomenon in hockey, where the back up goalie tends to have better stats in the short run. What is important is how consistent and reliable the player is. This is my opinion. If you have anything to add, I am open to discuss.
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    Axel Desjardins

    This is the kid they brought in to train with the u20 squad from Italy last week. A lot of people were wandering why he traveled that far just to train as he is not eligible for the qualifications, and I suggested it was probably because they did not have enough information about him and wanted to test him out. He has made it to the bench for the first team (Serie in quite a few games as the second keeper (albeit in an injury plagued team), but usually is considered as the 3rd or 4th goalie. Here is the paste of what I wrote on the other topic: "Ive had the chance of seeing him play against my brother when he was younger and still playing in Canada, and this guy, Im telling you, is something else. I started following his stats back then, and he would not let in more than 3-5 goals a season, and then boom, he suddenly disappeared and I forgot about him. It s only a year back somebody on this forum found him again and Ive been following him since. Yeah I know his stats from last season arent the most impressive, but who are we to judge, maybe his team in front of him isnt all that good. Im also following the AC Spezia page on Instagram and he seems to be regularly training with the first team. The team and the fans seem to like him a lot too. They even wished him a good training camp in Florida, and the post got relatively a lot of likes compared to their other posts. I wouldnt be surprised if he eventually took over the first spot as GK (u20 team). I think the management forgot about him as did i, and that s why he has only been invited to the camp now. He s also the fifth most valuable Canadian born in 2000 according to transfermarkt. " Then people started comparing MLS academies with Serie B academies, and who should be on the squad, Hasal or Desjardins. And the main argument was that we did not have enough footage for the latter. So I dedicated this whole day in searching the deepest parts of the internet for some primavera Spezia footage and made a quick compilation. This compilation was made with basically only three games and the rest is filled with what I call potato footage (footage that looks like it's been filmed with a potato). By the looks of it, he looks like a solid, confident keeper and isn't afraid to jump into the action. He seems pretty good at penalties too, which is always important in Finals. He also has that weird Neuer feel to him. I would love to see more of Axel, and maybe one day he can lead the senior squad. (sorry for the 360p)
  14. Has anyone realized how bad the camera work is in the MLS? I can't be the only one. I've gotten so tired of it, that i've lost interest in watching games on the TV. It's also maybe why the viewership isn't as good as the attendances. If you look at any European game for example, it's like a movie; they respect the thirds rule and the framing is near perfect, which is super soothing for the eyes. But in the MLS, jeez, it's all over the place. The camera angles are off, no good replays for the goals, and half the time when something happens off screen, they don't have the right footage, and they also have a hard time following the play, especially on counter attacks. Maybe all this is just a useless rant, but I think it is not mentioned enough. People from the other side of the pound make fun of the MLS for it's mediocre play style. But I think having not so good cameramen does not help our cause.
  15. Ok i understand what you guys are saying. I ll try to find as much footage of this guy as possible and make a compilation. What is also different with him is he s been there since he was at least 13 years old. Here is a little video i found of young him saving a pk from moise kean, which is pretty cool i guess.
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