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Vasco Fry: “Fossati must include at least one fast forward against Canada, it is his weak point”

Vasco Fry: “Fossati must include at least one fast forward against Canada, it is his weak point”

Vasco Fry: “Fossati must include at least one fast forward against Canada, it is his weak point”

After the draw against Chile, the Peruvian National Team timidly began to reconnect with its fans. Although the three points were not added, Jorge Fossati gave signs that the team is finding its rhythm, although there are still aspects to improve. Therefore, the confrontation against Canada will be crucial to demonstrate that what was shown against Chile was not fortuitous, seeking a victory that brings us closer to the quarterfinals. Vasco Fry, a Peruvian soccer player trained at Regatas Lima and Sporting Cristal, knows this rival well. Not only because of his Canadian ancestry, but because he has played in that country since 2018, sharing training and equipment with several current starters on the Canadian national team, including Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies.

—How did you see Canada in its match against Argentina?

I was surprised by the way they came out to put pressure on Argentina. Putting that kind of pressure against a world-class team is complicated. They demonstrated something that we already know: their attack on the wings is one of their main virtues, standing out for their speed. They did well in the Copa América debut, but their high pressing left spaces behind that ended up costing them dearly.

— Given what Peru showed against Chile, how do you think we can hurt Canada?

The main thing for the Peruvian team will be to focus on winning the duel on the wings, since I think that will be the key to winning the game. Playing in the center will not be very comfortable because they tend to crowd that area a lot, making the transition of the game difficult. Furthermore, it is essential to maintain constant pressure and take advantage of any opportunity on the counterattack. Speed ​​and precision in transitions will be essential to dismantle their defense.

—Based on what you know about Canada’s defense, do you think they would have more difficulties marking a forward duo with mobility and presence in the area, or facing two ‘9’ like Guerrero and Lapadula?

Canada is a team that advances its last line a lot, as could be seen against Argentina, for example, with the mobility of Julián Álvarez. Therefore, I think Peru’s forward line should include at least one fast striker who can take advantage of the spaces behind their defense, which could be very useful.

Calir map of Julián Álvarez in the match between Argentina and Canada.  (Image: OPTA)

—What is the expectation in Canada for this Copa América?

In reality, there is not much expectation throughout the country, but there are more and more football fans who follow their team. Despite the growth it has experienced in recent years, soccer still fails to be the most popular sport in Canada.

— Is there optimism among soccer fans in Canada regarding the possibility of beating Peru and advancing in the Copa América?

There is great emotion for what the team showed against Argentina. Despite the defeat, they left good feelings on the playing field. This has led to optimism about the possibility of beating Peru. They knew that it would be difficult to at least draw against Argentina, but against Peru and Chile they trust they can add the necessary points to qualify.

Canadian fans gathered in a bar in the United States to watch the game against Argentina.  (Photo: Ben Steiner)

— Do you think there is some type of discrimination against Canadian national team players who have immigrant origins, or are they equally loved by fans regardless of their origins?

Here in Canada, where many immigrants reside and people from various countries are offered refuge, I believe that discrimination based on country of origin is not a problem. That may be more common in South America.

—Is it difficult for a player from the Canadian league to make the national team, given that there are no players from that league on the current Canadian team?

I know that in previous processes they have called players from the local league. The new coach has mentioned that he is following our league and has a couple of players in mind. It is difficult to reach the senior team because you compete with players from Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and other European teams. I think that to excel in any lower league, you have to be at a higher level than those who play in Europe.

Canadian players playing in Europe

PlayerPositionClub
Tom McGillGoalkeeperBrighton & Hove Albion (England)
Derek CorneliusCentral defenseMalmo (Sweden)
Luc De FougerollesCentral defenseFulham (England)
Alphonso DaviesLeft sideBayern Munich (Germany)
Alistair JohnstonRight sideCeltic (Scotland)
Stephen EustaceMidfielderPorto (Portugal)
Ismaël KonéMidfielderWatford (England)
Tajon BuchananExtremeInter Milan (Italy)
Jonathan DavidForwardLille (France)
Cyle LarinForwardMallorca (Spain)
Theo BairForwardMotherwell FC (Scotland)

—Which players from this Canadian team did you share a team with in Whitecaps?

I remember training with Alphonso Davies, Derek Cornelius and goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau. I also played in the same team with Theo Bair and Ali Ahmed.

—What did you get from the experience of training with Davies?

When I arrived, there was already talk that I could go to Bayern Munich, which finally happened months later. What impressed me most was his speed, which showed signs of being a player of another level; Physically he was imposing. He has technically improved a lot since then, he is not the same player he was back then.

Before leaving for Bayern Munich, Alphonso Davies shared training sessions at Vancouver Whitecaps with Vasco Fry.  (Photo: AFP)

—Do you remember some virtues or low points of Maxime Crépeau in goal?

He has always been a difficult goalkeeper. What I remember and have been able to observe now in the national team is that he is still very quick with his reflexes and excellent with his feet.

—In that sense, considering that you could play for Peru or Canada, where do you think the competition is more intense for you?

I couldn’t tell you for sure. At least in Canada, the national team coach has expressed interest in the local league, which is important. On the Peru side, I have not received any contact. Based on that information, I think I have some chance in Canada.

—What is the path followed by Canadian players looking to emigrate? Is it through the local league, then MLS and then Europe, or is it possible to make the jump directly to European football?

Yes, it is possible to make the leap from here to Europe. Several players have gone directly from the Canadian Premier League to European leagues. A teammate went to Norway, and I’ve also heard of other signings who have gone to countries with smaller leagues or promotion divisions in Europe.

—Do you consider the MLS as a short-term goal or are you already thinking about taking the big leap to Europe?

First, my goal is to maintain consistency at Vancouver FC. I am not going to deny that returning to the MLS especially attracts me because of the desire for revenge, since I was not able to play the entire tournament with the Whitecaps. Furthermore, I have a firm desire to make the jump to Europe, and if I can do it directly, it would be even better.

Vasco Fry's first team in Canada was the Vancouver Whitecaps.  (Photo: Agencies)

—What do you think are the differences between Peruvian and Canadian soccer?

I believe that in Peruvian soccer many stand out for quality and technique, while in Canada a more physical style prevails.

—How has soccer grown in Canada since you’ve been there?

Since arriving in 2018, I have witnessed impressive growth in Canadian soccer. The local league is improving noticeably with greater investments. Additionally, the fact that Canada will host the next World Cup has further fueled this development, especially following qualification for the 2022 World Cup.

—Do you think the Canadian Premier League will soon be comparable to the MLS?

It certainly will be. Although the MLS already has 30 years of history and the Canadian Premier League has not even reached ten since its founding, it is moving forward in the right direction. It is following in the footsteps that MLS once took and continues to take, adding expansion teams every two years.

In 2020, Spain's Atlético de Madrid acquired a franchise to enter the Canadian Premier League through its team, Atlético Ottawa.  (Photo: Agencies)

—Do your teammates see you more as Peruvian or Canadian?

When it suits them, they see me as Peruvian. Now that we are in the Copa América and we are just going to play against Peru, they see me as Peruvian (laughs).

—To close, who are you going for on Tuesday: Peru or Canada? Was there any bet?

I just bet with the team coach that the bicolor team wins. For Peru, the Copa América is everything; For Canada, it is not so relevant.

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