By NICHOLAS MURRAY – firstname.lastname@example.org
Wednesday, December 9, 2015
This offseason promises to be an important one for Toronto FC goalkeeper Quillan Roberts, and it will start in Germany.
The 21-year-old goalkeeper, who has featured prominently for Toronto FC II and Wilmington Hammerheads FC over the past two seasons in the USL, is set to spend a week training with the Werder Bremen’s U-23 squad.
“Q has done a great job of continually learning what it’s like to be a professional goalkeeper,” Toronto FC Goalkeeper Coach Jon Conway told TorontoFC.ca’s Devang Desai. “This encompasses several things: his training and diet habits, his work in the gym and the rest he needs when he goes home for the day. All of these facets, when learned and managed properly, will translate to better performances on the field.”
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Roberts has made 32 starts in the USL over the past two seasons, and with TFC declining the options on the contracts of both Joe Bendik and Chris Konopka, the door could soon open for the Canadian international to step into the MLS ranks.
Roberts recorded four shutouts in 15 starts for TFC II in the club’s inaugural season, and finished second in the USL with a .766 save percentage while averaging almost five saves per contest. He follows in the footsteps of TFC teammates Justin Morrow and Collin Warner, both of whom spent time last offseason training in Germany.
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Conway said he hoped the training stint would help Roberts gain insight into the small details that have recently helped Germany produce some of the best goalkeepers in world soccer.“It’s the nuances and the style of coaching that changes depending on the country and coach’s philosophy,” Conway told Desai. “Working with the Werder Bremen goalkeeper coach Manuel Klon, especially in a country like Germany who have been producing high level goalkeepers for decades, I hope Q picks up some tips, skills, techniques that he can translate to his game and make him a better goalkeeper for us in 2016.”