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48 minutes ago, trc2014 said:

Wild ride for this kid back before the unmentionable game in 2012!

 

On the radio this week he talked about how he got his first professional start, first international cap and met his wife all in that same week. He also talked about him and Osorio sharing a bunk bed in a house with 24 other kids when they were 16 in Uruguay 

Edited by SpursFlu

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8 minutes ago, Zem said:

I mean, it certainly sounds on-brand

Yeah historically he's been pretty consistent on the whole I'm not Canadian angle. 

Edited by grigorio

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I don't even need to listen to this to know people are about to make something out of nothing. This is my perspective on it.

Context: soccer

Comment: "I am zero percent Canadian"

Translation:

My parents are both Latinos and this cultural influence has ultimately shaped my football. 

Edited by Obinna

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18 minutes ago, trc2014 said:

I’m always on pins and needles with this guy.  I think he has the attitude that will lead him to once again completely abandon the national team if it ever takes a really bad turn again.

Yeah even a guy like Juan Cordova who is barely connected to Canada says he feels Canadian and would be proud to represent us and that's a guy who is not very close to the national team. Cavallini is an automatic call and is an important player to this team. It'd be nice if he at least acted like he cared about Canada

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7 minutes ago, JuicyHam said:

Yeah even a guy like Juan Cordova who is barely connected to Canada says he feels Canadian and would be proud to represent us and that's a guy who is not very close to the national team. Cavallini is an automatic call and is an important player to this team. It'd be nice if he at least acted like he cared about Canada

So that we all feel warm and cozy and can sleep easy at night? Look at the smile on his face. He knows what is saying is controversial, but he stays true and says it anyways, because that is who he is. I respect that.

He identifies as Latino. That doesn't make him not Canadian. He isn't renouncing his passport.

Welcome to multicultural Canada everyone! The reality is that our country is full of Canadians who identify with other cultures. 

Multiculturalism is a double-edged sword.

Edited by Obinna

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42 minutes ago, CanadaFan123 said:

How is this guy so dumb?  It's one thing to say such comments in South America and think you can get away with them ... but now here?

How are you 0% Canadian you clown?  Do you really not understand what being Canadian is?

You may call it dumb. I find it to be refreshing that an athlete can be open and honest when he knows he will get flack from some people.

He will surely lose fans over it, but he is not here for a popularity contest. He is here to score goals and perform at his best level as a soccer player.

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The only thing about Cavallini saying he's not Canadian that would worry me is if it turns into him not playing full tilt for the NT, and under Herdman I strongly believe that if you are not fully committed he would drop you. Cav has had a checkered past with the NT and his commitment to it, and even if he says it's got nothing to do with Canada and that it was personal reasons, I would be lying if I said I wasn't concerned.

That being said, no NT player shows more passion for the game than this guy (except maybe another 'non-Canadian' - Scotty Arfield). I would guess Cavallini and Canada are a marriage of convenience of sorts. I think he likes playing internationally and realizes Canada was/is his only option, and at the same time the only way he knows how to play is 100% commitment so even if he doesn't 'feel' Canadian he can't help but give everything to the cause.

Last bit: I do think it's pretty tone deaf to say something like that in a presser for your new Canadian team. You don't have to lie but you also don't have to be so blunt (DISCLAIMER: I have not seen the interview nor do I speak Spanish).

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22 minutes ago, Obinna said:

And I don't really care how he feels as long as he shows up when available and does well and scores goals for us. How he chooses to identity as a player and a person is his own business.

How do you think that jives with what Herdman's been trying to instill in the group? Pride in the flag, the shirt, brothers, etc... Then you've got your main striker coming out and saying he's 0% Canadian. Regardless of the context, he's gotta be smarter than that. 

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@youllneverwalkalone said it best, that identifying yourself by your family's culture and background is what Canada is all about.  Personally, I love that our National team is represented by so many countries and so many cultures.  Canada is a tossed salad of cultures and its what we represent as a country.

I'm not too upset because if he had worded it something along the lines as "Being Canadian is me having the ability to feel 100% my culture (Latino)" then we would all be in agreement with his statement.

Edited by Corazon

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Not going to read too much into his comments.. Canada is a Cultural Mosaic. Meaning all Canadians are allowed to identify as their culture AS WELL as be Canadian. Different from our American counterparts, which is a cultural melting pot, meaning you’re American FIRST over everything. It’s a part of being Canadian, and IMO, one of the best parts of our country. As long as he keeps accepting call ups, and banging in goals for the Caps and Nats, I’m happy. 

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