September 5, 2017 USL Toronto FC II--We are TFC II - Angelo Cavalluzzo (from

We are TFC II - Angelo Cavalluzzo
September 5, 2017
2:34PM EDT
Adam Krueger

On this week’s edition of We Are TFC II, we sit down with goalkeeper Angelo Cavalluzzo.  

What has been your favourite moment in your soccer career thus far?

Cavalluzzo: Signing my first pro contract.

At what moment did you know you could go pro?

Cavalluzzo: When I made my professional debut in the USL in the summer of 2016.

You took a unique path to get to the pros, can you explain that process?

Cavalluzzo: It has been a crazy year and a half. I was coaching with the Academy during 
my last year of school (at McMaster). Once I had finished school I ran into John Conway 
in the hallway and he invited me into train with the USL team. So, I came in and started 
training everyday.

A few months and a couple injuries later I found myself getting into a couple of matches 
and I did well. When I was offered a contract for this season and I wasn’t going to say 
no to that. It has been my dream, I think it’s any Academy’s players dream, to sign 
a professional contract.

Do you have a coach/mentor that has impacted your soccer career?

Cavalluzzo: Paolo Ceccavelli. Taught me the most about goalkeeping in my teens when 
I was with the TFC Academy.

Can you speak to your time at McMaster University?

Cavalluzzo: I was there for 5 years. I have a lot of great friends there. The soccer 
was great, four of my five seasons went well, made it to nationals. I’ve got three 
provincial gold medals and a national silver so it was a pretty successful university 
career and I loved my time there. 

Why did you choose to go to McMaster?

Cavalluzzo: I kind of wanted to stay home, but I knew the coach from when I was 
a lot younger. I worked with him in my early teens as a ‘keeper coach. I knew what 
he wanted to build and I knew the recruits that were going in. I figured we were 
going to have a good team, I guess it turned out to be a pretty good decision.

Chemical Engineering major? Was that always what you wanted to get into?

Cavalluzzo: No not really. I was good at math and science in high school and I wasn’t 
sure what else I wanted to do. I knew I didn’t want to do more than five years 
of school so I said if I can do engineering I can get a good job right after graduating.

How’d you balance Engineering and soccer?

Cavalluzzo: Definitely wasn’t one of my favourite things. It was a good experience 
to gain but it was a lot of hard work. In the end, it was well worth it. 

A player you like to model your game after?

Cavalluzzo: David De Gea. He is a great shot stopper and has brilliant distribution 
with his feet.

Taking a quick look at your phone, which photo in it means the most to you? 

Cavalluzzo: Any picture with my family.

How do you like to spend your free time?

Cavalluzzo: Reading novels, sometimes some video games.

What book are you reading right now?

Cavalluzzo: I’m currently reading a trilogy. It’s called the Red Rising Trilogy. 
I’m on the second of the three. Its’ a bit of science fiction.

Do you have an all-time favourite?

Cavalluzzo: The Name of the Wind. I’ve re-read it a few times. It’s well written 
and I was hooked.

Do you have a favourite movie?

Cavalluzzo: Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

Music Artist?

Cavalluzzzo: Coldplay

How have you found the adjustment from the Academy to the pros?

Cavalluzzo: I’ve found it to be a fairly smooth transition.

How did the Academy help in your development as a professional?

Cavalluzzo: Being in this professional environment with great coaches really helps 
you with the transition. Everything I do as a pro is similar to how things were done 
in the Academy.   

Why did you want to come back and coach with the Academy?

Cavalluzzo: I came in in early 2015. [John Conway] and [Luciano Lombardi] asked 
if I’d be interested. Of course, I agreed. I love the work. It’s so rewarding 
when you give back to the club after they helped me out so much when I was 
a younger goalkeeper.

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