August 17, 2022

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An Italian in Canada: Sardini Conquers Chiellini’s Los Angeles Thanks to Cubas

The Italian-born coach has been leading the Vancouver Whitecaps in MLS since last season: a crucial win against LA in the last round.

He was a goalkeeper, a player: nothing officially declared, but the body is what it is. Vanni Sartini is a strong-armed man who has been able to bear the weight of the challenge since his first experiences in the world of football, and the Coverciano technical department entrusted him with various tasks in the research center.

An important commitment that led him to discover his game, study, improve and evolve before the breakthrough: before that he went to the USA as a collaborator of the American Federation in the training of young coaches in 2016. That’s where his life changes.

Today Vanni Sardini is eighth in MLS ranking with the Vancouver Whitecaps: he has been leading the first team for a year after Mark dos Santos was released and headed the youth selections. He took her to the playoffs, amid general applause and reaffirmed.

A breakthrough that culminated in the triple whistle smile of the match against Los Angeles FC at BC Place: it’s true, the guests aren’t full yet. Giorgio Chiellini and Gareth Bale are missing, new signings, but the story remains to be told.

In the end, the leaders of the Western Conference fell against Sardinia’s Canadians: an interesting plot here too.

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A player who crossed over from Italy to give the Italian coach a win: Andreas Cubas. In 89, there was a bad send-off from the Los Angeles team, and the Paraguayan took advantage of it to beat the goalkeeper from outside to the right to give his side the win.

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His story is also special: in January 2017, Pescara took him on loan from Boca Juniors and made his debut against Inter at the San Siro in a 3-0 win.

Oddo will only use him for those 6 minutes: then nothing. He would go on to play at Defensa, Talleres and Nimes before moving to MLS in April to give Sardiny another chance. An Italian defeated Chiellini’s team in Canada.