Lucas Cavallini

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Lucas Cavallini
Lucas Cavallini (22635551767).jpg
Cavallini with Canada in 2015
Personal information
Full name Lucas Daniel Cavallini[1]
Date of birth (1992-12-28) December 28, 1992 (age 29)
Place of birth Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 1.81 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Forward
Club information
Current team
Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Number 9
Youth career
Club Uruguay Toronto
Clarkson Sheridan SC
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)
2018–2019 Puebla 50 (16)
2020– Vancouver Whitecaps FC 58 (17)
National team
2011 Canada U20 3 (1)
2012 Canada U23 3 (1)
2012– Canada 32 (17)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of August 5, 2022
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of June 9, 2022

Lucas Daniel Cavallini (born December 28, 1992) is a Canadian professional soccer player who plays as a forward for Major League Soccer club Vancouver Whitecaps FC and the Canada national team.

Early life[edit]

Cavallini was born in Canada to an Argentinian father and a Canadian mother.[2] He left Canada at age 16 and went to South America to develop his soccer talents. He began playing for Nacional's youth development squads in 2010 in Montevideo, Uruguay.[3]

Club career[edit]

Nacional[edit]

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.

Loan to 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.[4] In his second match with the club, he scored his first official goal in the 1–0 home victory against Central Español.[5] 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.[6] His third goal came six days later, in a 1–1 away draw against Fénix.[7]

CA Fénix[edit]

After a slow start to life during his first season on loan with C.A. Fénix, Cavallini emerged as the club's 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.[8] 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.[9] 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 four-year contract in June 2018.[10]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC[edit]

In December 2019, Puebla and Major League Soccer side Vancouver Whitecaps FC agreed to a transfer, with Cavallini signing a three-year deal with the club ahead of the 2020 MLS season.[11][12] He made his debut in Vancouver's season-opening 3–1 loss to Sporting Kansas City on March 1, 2020.[13] Cavallini scored his first regular-season goal for Vancouver on September 6, netting the opener in a 3–2 victory over Toronto FC[14]

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.[15] Cavallini earned three call-ups to Canada's U-23 National team.

Cavallini's 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.[16][17] Cavallini debuted for Canada as a second-half substitute for Terry Dunfield against Trinidad, a 2–0 victory.[18]

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.[19] 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.[20] In May 2015, Cavallini stated in an interview with Tenfield that he regretted becoming cap-tied to Canada.[21][22]

Despite his comments, Cavallini was called up to face Ghana in an October 2015 friendly.[23] 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.[24]

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.[25] He was confirmed as part of the final 23-man squad on June 27.[26]

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.[27] On May 30, 2019, Cavallini was named to the final squad for the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[28] 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.[29] On March 29, 2021, Cavallini scored his second hat-trick with Canada, as a substitute, in an 11–0 win over Cayman Islands in the team's second 2022 World Cup qualifying match.[30]

In July 2021 Cavallini was named to the Canadian squad for the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[31]

Honours[edit]

Vancouver Whitecaps FC

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played August 5, 2022[32]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup[a] Continental[b] Other</ref> Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Nacional 2013–14 Uruguayan Primera División 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 0
Juventud (loan) 2012–13 Uruguayan Primera División 25 10 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 10
Fénix (loan) 2013–14 Uruguayan Primera División 13 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 13 2
2014–15 27 14 0 0 0 0 0 0 27 14
Total 40 16 0 0 0 0 0 0 40 16
Fénix 2015–16 Uruguayan Primera División 25 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 7
2016 11 5 0 0 2 0 0 0 13 5
Total 36 12 0 0 2 0 0 0 38 12
Peñarol 2017 Uruguayan Primera División 16 6 0 0 1 0 0 0 17 6
Puebla (loan) 2017–18 Liga MX 25 13 1 0 0 0 0 0 26 13
Puebla 2018–19 Liga MX 33 11 4 1 0 0 0 0 37 12
2019–20 17 5 1 0 0 0 0 0 18 5
Total 75 29 6 1 0 0 0 0 81 30
Vancouver Whitecaps FC 2020 MLS 18 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 18 6
2021 21 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 22 3
2022 19 8 4 0 0 0 0 0 23 8
Total 58 17 4 0 0 0 1 0 63 17
Career total 254 91 10 1 3 0 1 0 268 92

Notes

International[edit]

As of match played June 9, 2022[33]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Canada 2012 2 0
2013 0 0
2014 0 0
2015 1 0
2016 0 0
2017 4 0
2018 3 3
2019 7 8
2021 11 5
2022 4 1
Total 32 17
As of June 9, 2022[34]
Scores and results list Canada's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Cavallini goal.
List of international goals scored by Lucas Cavallini
No. 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 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification
4 March 24, 2019 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada 11  French Guiana 2–1 4–1 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League qualification
5[a] 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 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
8 3–0
9 4–0
10 June 29, 2019 NRG Stadium, Houston, United States 15  Haiti 2–0 2–3 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup
11 October 15, 2019 BMO Field, Toronto, Canada 16  United States 2–0 2–0 2019–20 CONCACAF Nations League A
12 March 29, 2021 IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States 19  Cayman Islands 8–0 11–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
13 10–0
14 11–0
15 June 5, 2021 IMG Academy, Bradenton, United States 20  Aruba 1–0 7–0 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification
16 3–0
17 June 9, 2022 BC Place, Vancouver, Canada 32  Curaçao 4–0 4–0 2022–23 CONCACAF Nations League A

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ This is credited in certain sources as an own goal; however, the header by Cavallini was on target and parried by Jean-Beaunel Petit-Homme, the Guianan keeper, into his net, therefore should stand as a second goal for Cavallini.[35]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "40-Player National Team Roster: 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup: Canada" (PDF). CONCACAF. p. 2. Retrieved May 20, 2019 – via Bernews.
  2. ^ "Lucas Cavallini: An Argentinian-Canadian Mix".
  3. ^ "Pasión Tricolor conversó con el Juvenil de 3º y 4º – Lucas Cavallini". elnacional.com.uy (in Spanish). November 7, 2011. Archived from the original on December 21, 2013. Retrieved November 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "No te me quedes". pordeciralgo.com.uy (in Spanish). July 26, 2012. Archived from the original on April 21, 2013. Retrieved July 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Marche un canadiense". quenonino.com.uy (in Spanish). September 2, 2012. Archived from the original on September 6, 2012. Retrieved September 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Juventud 2 : 0 Bella Vista". laoraldeportiva.com.uy (in Spanish). October 7, 2012. Retrieved October 7, 2012.
  7. ^ "Sin diferencias". ovaciondigital.com.uy (in Spanish). October 13, 2012. Retrieved October 13, 2012.
  8. ^ "Matías Mier y Lucas Cavallini son nuevos jugadores de Peñarol". teledoce.com. Teledoce. January 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Lucas Cavallini joins Liga MX side Puebla FC". rednationonline.ca. Red Nation Online.
  10. ^ Julio Sanchez (June 14, 2018). "Lucas Cavallini renueva por cuatro años con Puebla". Sexenio.
  11. ^ "Whitecaps FC acquire marquee Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini on club-record transfer fee". whitecapsfc.com. Vancouver Whitecaps FC. December 16, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2020.
  12. ^ "Whitecaps sign Canadian striker Lucas Cavallini to 3-year deal". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. The Canadian Press. December 16, 2019. Retrieved December 16, 2019.
  13. ^ "Debuting Pulido and Kinda help Sporting KC drops Vancouver Whitecaps 3-1". March 1, 2020.
  14. ^ Romero, Jose (September 6, 2020). "Vancouver Whitecaps 3, Toronto FC 2 - 2020 MLS Match Recap".
  15. ^ Lucas Cavallini at the Canadian Soccer Association
  16. ^ "New faces aplenty on CanMNT's friendly roster". Canadian Soccer News. August 10, 2012. Archived from the original on January 18, 2013. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  17. ^ "New faces headline Canada's 18-man roster against Trinidad". CBC Sports (cbc.ca). August 10, 2012. Retrieved August 13, 2012.
  18. ^ Canadian Press (August 15, 2012). "Ricketts leads Canada to 2–0 Win over T&T". Rogers Sportsnet. Toronto. Retrieved August 15, 2012.
  19. ^ "Gold Cup roster: Hutchinson and Hainault forced to say no, Cavallini rejects invite". Edmonton. June 25, 2013. Archived from the original on December 8, 2014. Retrieved October 22, 2014.
  20. ^ "Red Nation Interview Series: Benito Floro". rednationonline.ca. Toronto: Red Nation Online. October 21, 2014.
  21. ^ Surridge, Grant (May 20, 2015). "Lucas Cavallini on Canada: I regret my decision a lot".
  22. ^ Olascuaga, Joselo (May 18, 2015). "Lucas Cavallini: jugador de la etapa".
  23. ^ Bottjer, Steve (October 2, 2015). "CanMNT names squad for October friendly against Ghana". rednationonline.ca. Red Nation Online.
  24. ^ Squizzato, Daniel (October 12, 2015). "New man? Forward Lucas Cavallini finally goes all-in for Canada ahead of Ghana game". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer.
  25. ^ Tierney, Mitchell (June 6, 2017). "Cavallini, Davies & Arfield highlight Canada's 40-man provisional Gold Cup roster". wakingthered.com. Waking The Red.
  26. ^ Zeitlin, Dave (June 27, 2017). "Canada names nine MLS players to 23-man CONCACAF Gold Cup roster". mlssoccer.com. Major League Soccer.
  27. ^ "Canada cruises to record win in Concacaf Nations League opener". sportsnet.ca. Sports Net. September 9, 2018.
  28. ^ "Together We Rise: Canada Soccer announces squad for the 2019 Concacaf Gold Cup". canadasoccer.com. Canada Soccer. May 30, 2019.
  29. ^ "Cavallini, David hat tricks lead Canada past Cuba in Gold Cup". tsn.ca. The Sports Network. June 23, 2019.
  30. ^ "Canadian men set scoring record, crushing Cayman Islands 11-0 in World Cup qualifier". collingwoodtoday.ca. March 29, 2021.
  31. ^ "CANADA SOCCER ANNOUNCES 2021 CONCACAF GOLD CUP ROSTER". July 1, 2021.
  32. ^ "Lucas Cavallini profile". Soccerway. October 31, 2018.
  33. ^ Lucas Cavallini at the Canadian Soccer Association
  34. ^ "Cavallini, Lucas". National Football Teams. Retrieved September 13, 2018.
  35. ^ Boehm, Charles. "Canada 4, French Guiana 1 - 2019 Concacaf Nations League Qualifier Recap". MLS Soccer.

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