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    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.
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    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.
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    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.
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    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)
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I can understand @SpecialK s point. Training with professionals is way more beneficial than training with academy players, especially when it comes to keepers. Last season, 2006 World Cup winner Alberto Gilardino was on the squad, and one thing that stays with age is shot power and accuracy. I m not saying that MLS academies are worst than Serie B, but in the GK department, Italians are masters. And if you look at the MLS, they sure are lacking in good quality goalies. Keeping is an art, you might have all the talent in the world, but if you don t make the right decisions or position yourself well enough, you ll just be an average one. One mistake is a mistake too much. Ive seen a couple of highlights from Axel, and he seems to be also quite good in the penalty department, which is something you learn through studying the game. And lets not bullshit ourselves, the Italian style of play is tactically one step ahead of every other nations. Not saying the players are better though.
  9. Lol Im not mad, maybe just a poor choice of words by my part. I was just a bit upset that they were writing him off without knowing who he was or what was the intent to invite him to train. Im guessing they invited these players as a sort of tryouts. He isnt eligible now but he can still be eligible for the u20 finals. Like I said, i think Canada hasnt seen him play enough as he may have been forgotten (he doesnt play for a big team like busti). But no worries people, i am not mad. Canadian soccer looks brighter than ever, life is good.
  10. Im seeing a lot of negative and ignorant comments on this kid. 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. 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. So here I am, posting a bold statement; Axel Desjardins is the future senior GK for Canada. You heard it here first.
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