Lucas Cavallini

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Lucas Cavallini
Personal information
Full name Lucas Daniel Cavallini[1]
Date of birth (1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 (age 26)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Puebla
Number 9
Youth career
2010–2012 Nacional
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2015 Nacional 4 (0)
2012–2013Juventud (loan) 25 (10)
2013–2015Fénix (loan) 40 (16)
2015–2016 Fénix 36 (12)
2017–2018 Peñarol 16 (6)
2017–2018Puebla (loan) 25 (13)
2018– Puebla 50 (16)
National team
2011 Canada U20 3 (1)
2012 Canada U23 3 (1)
2012– Canada 17 (11)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 November 2019
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2019

Lucas Daniel Cavallini (born December 28, 1992) is a Canadian soccer player who currently plays for Liga MX club Puebla and the Canada national team.

Club career[edit]

Nacional[edit]

Cavallini began playing for Nacional's youth development squads in 2010.[2]

In June 2011, he participated in the 2011 U-20 Copa Libertadores. In the first game, Nacional beat Libertad 1-0 with a goal by Romero. In the second match, they beat Jorge Wilstermann 3–1 with goals from Bueno, Marchelli and again Romero. In the third and final game, Nacional drew 0–0 with Universitario, and qualified for the quarterfinals. On June 20, they were defeated by Mexican side América 1–0, which led to their elimination.

His development in the youth squad lead him to sign a senior contract with the club in early 2012.

Juventud[edit]

In mid July 2012, he was sent on loan to Juventud de Las Piedras in order to make his professional debut and have more chances in the first team.[3] In his second match with the club, he scored his first official goal in the 1–0 home victory against Central Español.[4] On October 7, he was the man of the match against Bella Vista, assisting and scoring a goal in his team's 2-0 victory.[5] His third goal came six days later, in a 1–1 away draw against Fénix.[6]

CA Fénix[edit]

After a slow start to life during his first season on loan with Centro Atlético Fénix, Cavallini emerged as the clubs most prolific goal scorer in the Apertura of the 2014–15 Uruguayan Primera División season. He joined them permanently before the start of the 2015 Apertura.

Peñarol[edit]

Cavallini joined Peñarol on January 10, 2017.[7] He scored his first goal against Montevideo Wanderers on February 26. He was loaned to Liga MX side Puebla on August 31, 2017.

Puebla[edit]

Cavallini was loaned to Liga MX side Puebla on August 31, 2017, becoming the first Canadian to play in Mexico's top tier since Isidro Sánchez Macip in 2010.[8] He would debut for the club against Cruz Azul on September 9, coming on in the 64th minute for Félix Micolta in a 0-0 draw. He scored his first goal for Puebla against Necaxa on September 16. After scoring 13 goals in 25 matches for Puebla in the 2017-18 season, the club would sign him to a 4 year contract in June 2018.[9]

International career[edit]

Cavallini launched his international career for Canada at 18 years old, debuting for the U-20 team in 2011 during the CONCACAF U-20 Championship in Guatemala.[10]

Cavallini has earned three call-ups to Canada's U-23 National team and his performance, along with the fact that he "plays in a different type of league (down in Uruguay)," according to Head Coach Stephen Hart, earned him his first call up to the senior roster to face Trinidad & Tobago in a friendly match on August 13, 2012.[11][12] Cavallini made his debut for Canada as a second-half substitute for Terry Dunfield against Trinidad, a 2-0 victory.[13]

Cavallini made his World Cup qualifying debut in Canada's 8–1 loss to Honduras. Following that match, he declined a call-up from interim coach Colin Miller for the 2013 Gold Cup, citing personal reasons.[14] Then coach Benito Floro gave an interview in October 2014 where he elaborated on Cavallini, saying that he had reached out to the player and had not heard back from him. Floro however pointed out that there is a place in the team for him in the future.[15] In May 2015, Cavallini stated in an interview with Tenfield that he regretted becoming cap-tied to Canada.[16][17]

Despite his comments, Cavallini was called up to face Ghana in an October 2015 friendly.[18] In an interview regarding his return to the national team, Cavallini stated that he never said he wouldn't play for Les Rouges again, and that his comments were wrongly translated. He mentioned that his lack of appearances were related to personal matters and timing including the birth of his daughter.[19]

Cavallini was named to the Canadian 40-man provisional team for the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup by Canada coach Octavio Zambrano on June 6, 2017.[20] He was confirmed as part of the final 23-man squad on June 27.[21]

Cavallini scored his first goals for Canada on September 9, 2018, netting a brace in an 8–0 victory over the U.S. Virgin Islands in a CONCACAF Nations League qualifier.[22] On May 30, 2019, Cavallini was named to the final squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[23] He scored a hat-trick in a 7–0 win over Cuba during the group stage on June 23, and had a chance to score his fourth goal from a penalty spot, but his panenka went over the crossbar.[24]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of November 23, 2019[25]
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental[b] Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Club Nacional de Football 2013–14 Uruguayan Primera División 4 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Juventud (loan) 2012–13 25 10 0 0 0 0 25 10
Fénix (loan) 2013–14 13 2 0 0 0 0 13 2
2014–15 27 14 0 0 0 0 27 14
Total 40 16 0 0 0 0 40 16
Fénix 2015–16 Uruguayan Primera División 25 7 0 0 0 0 25 7
2016 11 5 0 0 2 0 13 5
Total 36 12 0 0 2 0 38 12
Peñarol 2017 Uruguayan Primera División 16 6 0 0 1 0 17 6
Puebla (loan) 2017–18 Liga MX 25 13 1 0 0 0 26 13
Puebla 2018–19 33 11 4 1 0 0 37 12
2019–20 17 5 1 0 0 0 18 5
Total 75 29 6 1 0 0 81 30
Career total 196 73 6 1 3 0 205 74

Notes

International[edit]

As of November 15, 2019[26]
Canada national team
Year Apps Goals
2012 2 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2017 4 0
2018 3 3
2019 7 8
Total 17 11

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first.[27]
# Date Venue Cap Opponent Score Result Competition
1. September 9, 2018 IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States 8  U.S. Virgin Islands
2–0
8–0
2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification
2.
5–0
3. October 16, 2018 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 9  Dominica
3–0
5–0
4. March 24, 2019 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada 11  French Guiana
2–1
4–1
5.
4–1
6. June 20, 2019 Broncos Stadium at Mile High, Denver, United States 13  Mexico
1–2
1–3
2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
7. June 23, 2019 Bank of America Stadium, Charlotte, United States 14  Cuba
2–0
7–0
8.
3–0
9.
4–0
10. June 29, 2019 NRG Stadium, Houston, United States 15  Haiti
2–0
2–3
11. October 15, 2019 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 16  United States
2–0
2–0
2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
Correct as of October 15, 2019

References[edit]

  1. ^ "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: Canada" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 2. Retrieved 20 May 2019 – via Bernews.
  2. ^ "Pasión Tricolor conversó con el Juvenil de 3º y 4º – Lucas Cavallini". elnacional.com.uy (in Spanish). 2011-11-07. Archived from the original on 2013-12-21. Retrieved 2011-11-07.
  3. ^ "No te me quedes". pordeciralgo.com.uy (in Spanish). 2012-07-26. Retrieved 2012-07-26.
  4. ^ "Marche un canadiense". quenonino.com.uy (in Spanish). 2012-09-02. Archived from the original on 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-09-02.
  5. ^ "Juventud 2 : 0 Bella Vista". laoraldeportiva.com.uy (in Spanish). 2012-10-07. Retrieved 2012-10-07.
  6. ^ "Sin diferencias". ovaciondigital.com.uy (in Spanish). 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2012-10-13.
  7. ^ "Matías Mier y Lucas Cavallini son nuevos jugadores de Peñarol". January 10, 2017.
  8. ^ http://www.rednationonline.ca/Articles2016/LucasCavallinijoinsLigaMXsidePueblaFC.aspx
  9. ^ Julio Sanchez (June 14, 2018). "Lucas Cavallini renueva por cuatro años con Puebla". Sexenio.
  10. ^ "Canada Soccer Profile: Lucas Cavallini". CanadaSoccer.com. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  11. ^ "New faces aplenty on CanMNT's friendly roster". Canadian Soccer News. August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  12. ^ "New faces headline Canada's 18-man roster against Trinidad". CBC Sports (cbc.ca). August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  13. ^ Canadian Press (August 15, 2012). "Ricketts leads Canada to 2-0 Win over T&T". Rogers Sportsnet. Toronto. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  14. ^ "Gold Cup roster: Hutchinson and Hainault forced to say no, Cavallini rejects invite". Edmonton. June 25, 2013.
  15. ^ "Red Nation Interview Series: Benito Floro". Toronto. October 21, 2014.
  16. ^ Surridge, Grant (May 20, 2015). "Lucas Cavallini on Canada: I regret my decision a lot".
  17. ^ Olascuaga, Joselo (May 18, 2015). "Lucas Cavallini: jugador de la etapa".
  18. ^ Bottjer, Steve (October 2, 2015). "CanMNT names squad for October friendly against Ghana".
  19. ^ Squizzato, Daniel (October 12, 2015). "New man? Forward Lucas Cavallini finally goes all-in for Canada ahead of Ghana game".
  20. ^ Tierney, Mitchell (June 6, 2017). "Cavallini, Davies & Arfield highlight Canada's 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster".
  21. ^ Zeitlin, Dave (June 27, 2017). "Canada names nine MLS players to 23-man CONCACAF Gold Cup roster".
  22. ^ "Canada cruises to record win in Concacaf Nations League opener". September 9, 2018.
  23. ^ "Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup". May 30, 2019.
  24. ^ "Cavallini, David hat tricks lead Canada past Cuba in Gold Cup". tsn.ca. June 23, 2019.
  25. ^ "Lucas Cavallini profile". Soccerway. October 31, 2018.
  26. ^ "Lucas Cavallini profile". Canada Soccer. Retrieved 19 November 2018.
  27. ^ "Cavallini, Lucas". National Football Teams. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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