It’s been a good year for Humber midfielder Roberto Galle as he’s become a national champion and a member of Toronto FC’s senior academy.
Toronto FC academy coach Danny Dichio spotted Galle, 22, a second-year recreation and leisure student, while playing in the Canadian Soccer League with Toronto Croatia. Galle joined the TFC’s senior academy in June and has been training and playing with them ever since.
Galle had a busy summer on the field with Toronto, and believes the training has helped develop his game a lot.
“Joining the senior academy team improved my conditioning, and training every day allowed me to work on things such as my first touch, moving the ball quicker and making better decisions,” Galle said.
In his five months with the club, Galle has been called up to three reserve MLS matches and a friendly against Premier League side Liverpool Football Club. These games gave Galle experience at the highest level and he was honoured to play his first professional game in front of his friends and family.
“Playing against Liverpool in front of 30,000 fans, with family and friends watching, was the best experience I’ve had in my soccer career,” said Galle. “I still can’t believe I played in that game.”
Galle brought the experience gained this summer to the Humber men’s varsity soccer team. Galle’s transition into a right fullback brought a new dimension to the Hawks’ shape. He provided the width Humber needed to break down organized defenses.
Although Galle enjoys life as a member of the senior academy, he’ll always cherish the gold medal Humber won at nationals this year.
“The feeling of winning a national championship was unbelievable, and to know that you’re the best college team in Canada is amazing,” Galle said. “The best part about it was winning with not only my teammates, but also some of my good friends.”
Hawks assistant coach Mike Aquino feels Galle’s transition from a right midfielder to a right fullback hasn’t been an issue.
“Roberto’s work ethic is second to none and his ability to get from box to box as a full back is incredible,” Aquino said.
“He offers us an attacking minded right back with his surging runs and overlaps, which cause problems for our opponents. He is a good defender with plenty of attacking options.”
Hawks captain Marcelo Capozzolo believes Galle benefitted from his experience gained from the academy.
“Roberto has always been a good player, from rookie year till now. The difference is that he is playing with confidence now,” Capozzolo said.
“He made my job easier, he was probably our most consistent player all year and he played a big role in our road to nationals.”