Cavalry players launch online training tool

Between the three of them, Marco Carducci, Eljah Adekugbe and Carlos Patino have worked with hundreds of soccer coaches and trainers during their career.

Cavary FC keeper Marco Carducci (R) grabs a ball in the air as defender Mason Trafford looks on during third round CPL Canadian Championships soccer action between Cavalry FC and Vancouver Whitecaps at BC Place in Vancouver, BC Wednesday, July 24, 2019. Jim Wells/Postmedia Jim Wells/Postmedia

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Between the three of them, Marco Carducci, Elijah Adekugbe and Carlos Patino have worked with hundreds of soccer coaches and trainers during their career.

They all ended up playing with Cavalry FC and made their marks during the Calgary team’s hugely impressive first season in the Canadian Premier League last year. Their skill sets, though, are the product of thousands of hours training across Canada and around the world.

Now, the three have come together to launch CONTRLL (, an online resource for soccer players of all levels that’s packed with training programs, soccer drills and more.

Cavalry FC Elijah Adekugbe (R) heads the ball in front of Whitecaps FC Andy Rose during CPL soccer Canadian Championship action between the Vancouver Whitecaps and Cavalry FC at ATCO Field at Spruce Meadows in Calgary on Wednesday, July 10, 2019. Jim Wells/Postmedia Jim Wells/Postmedia

“We’re all around the same age but have been so many places and have played in different countries and worked with different coaches, so it’s a combination of all those experiences and everything we’ve learned,” said Carducci, who earned the CPL’s Golden Glove award for being the top goaltender in the league last season. “It’s a way for us to be able to reach more soccer players and a lot of us do a lot of coaching on the side, but there’s obviously limits to that with our professional schedules.”

The recently launched CONTRLL features a range of programs. There’s a library of more than 100 drills, training programs for everyone from aspiring pros to recreational players looking to improve, and more intensive options that involve more personalized training and communication with the three Cavalry players.

That was important to Carducci, Adekugbe and Patino.

Calvary FC #20 Carlos Patino in game action against Valour FC, in Winnipeg. Saturday, July 27/2019 Winnipeg Sun/Chris Procaylo/stf SunMedia

“We wanted to create a product with CONTRLL that could really be for everybody,” Carducci said. “If it’s having access to the library and content we put out, that can be a great resource whether you want to be a pro one day or want to get a college scholarship or just love the game and want to improve your skills.

“That’s what we wanted this to be. We wanted this to be accessible for everybody and also have something where, with the mentorship program, we can give more of our experience or more of our time. It is for everybody, but if someone is more driven and aspires to reach a higher level, we want to be able to help with that.”

Carducci, Adekugbe and Patino had been working on launching CONTRLL since long before the COVID-19 pandemic forced most people into self-isolation, but there’s no question that it’s an extremely useful resource for anyone looking to continue their training while they’re restricted to their homes.

“Basically, all you can do right now is what you can do at home or in your backyard because we’ve got to respect the decisions that have been made with everything that’s going on (with COVID-19),” Carducci said. “It’s a great program to have and … this is a time where we hope a lot of people can take advantage of it.”