Quentin Westberg at AJ Auxerre

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  1. keller4president

    Jan 5, 2006
    Still working on it.
     
  2. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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  3. Gorky

    Gorky Member+

    Jul 28, 2006
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    Nice. I remember there was an intense argument about whether Westberg would do well in MLS or not. I remember feeling strongly about it, but can’t remember which side I was on. I guess now we’ll find out.
     
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  4. Scotty

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    Dec 15, 1999
    Campania
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  5. LouisianaViking07/09

    Aug 15, 2009
    I'm very curious to hear his accent.
     
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  6. BostonRed

    BostonRed Member+

    Oct 9, 2011
    Somerville, MA
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    New England Revolution
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    United States
    Profile as he goes into the MLS Cup final:

    https://www.si.com/soccer/2019/11/07/quentin-westberg-toronto-fc-gk-mls-cup-freddy-adu

    Back in 2003, though, Westberg said, Adu “was that good. I had some elements of comparison. Right before the U-17s I was at Clairefontaine [the famous French federation academy] with Hatem ben Arfa, who was sort of the Freddy Adu for France. He did pretty well for himself, but probably not as well as his abilities were. But Freddy was so good with the U-17s. He was a difference-maker every minute of every game, to be truly honest. He had everything.

    During Westberg’s 14 senior seasons in France, he played in the first, second and third divisions, finishing with second-tier Auxerre earlier this year before coming to Toronto.

    “I know the French leagues top to bottom,” he said. “It’s been great, but it’s been a grind. But I also know as of right now my identity technically, physically and mentally as a goalkeeper. I know my No. 1 strength is I never give up.”

    Maybe that’s part of the reason why Westberg is the only player from the 2003 U.S. U-17s who’s still competing in a top-flight league. Maybe that’s part of why he decided to leave Europe for the first time in his club career and bring his family—his Portuguese wife, Ania; son Oyamo, 9; son Isaac, 7; and daughter, Livia, 3—to Toronto this season.
     

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