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Xander Cleaves
  • Height : 1 m 77
  • Class : 2023
  • High School : Bourget College
  • Hometown : Ontario, Canada
  • DOB : 2005
  • Gender : Male
  • Countries : CanadianUK

I grew up in Brantford, Ontario with my parents and grandparents near by. I always had a passion for sports and the stories my grandfather would tell of his friends and him growing up in England that encouraged me to fall in love with football. I grew up playing local football at Brantford Galaxy and Paris FC. My motivation to train at a high level started during the COVID 19 pandemic. I ended up training and working out as much as I could to fill all of my extra time that I had and I fell in love with not only football but the process of getting better every day. Throughout this process, I was training every day and going on trial at a few different clubs facing rejection. After that process, I ended up moving up levels and playing for Hamilton Utd’s U16 and U17 age groups. I was scouted by Valencia C.F. Canada at the OPSM College Combine in March of 2021. I joined the Academy for my Gr. 11 and Gr. 12 years (Junior and Senior seasons) and I was able to showcase my ability and develop as a player and person while playing in Spain, Sweden, USA and Canada. The academy helped me get scouted to come to the Academy of Art University in San Francisco, California. After a developmental first semester, I am ready to take on more responsibilities and have a heightened role in the squad for the coming semester and season.

Playing History:

Preferred Foot: Right
Position: CB or FB/WB

2018/19: Paris FC Black U14 (GHSL)
2019/20: Paris FC Black U15 (GHSL)
2020/21: Hamilton United Elite Regional U16 & OPDL U17 (OPDL & GHSL)
2021/22: Valencia CF Canada Academy U19
Achievements
2018/19: 7 Goals, 4 Assists in 31 games for Paris FC Red U14 (CB)
2019: Trial with Toronto FC Academy
2020: 1 month trial with Sigma FC C1
2020: Playing 2 years up with Hamilton Utd OPDL U17s
2021: 2 MOTM Awards at FTF Canada Combine
2021: Named in the tournament XI of FTF Canada Combine
2021: Named Captain of VCF Canada U19 (16 years old)
2022: 2 week trial with Valencia CF Juvenil
References
Club Head Coach: Ismael Fayos Ismael.Fayos@valenciacf.ca
VP : Chafik Mihoubi chafik@valenciacf.ca
Personal Coach/Ex. Pro: Patryk Misik patrykmisik@gmail.com

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