2015 Reflections: Paolo Tornaghi

We begin our reflections on the 2015 campaign, and especially our squad, by focusing on @70tornaghi. Paolo never played an ‪#‎MLS‬ minute during his 2 yrs in ‪#‎VanCity‬, but he has still made significant contributions to ‪#‎OurClub‬!

Paolo is a consummate professional. He always ‪#‎GaveHisAll‬ in training & was a part of the positive chemistry w/in the team. That might sound like a nice thing to say, but when you spend time w/Paolo, you get to see what a genuine, caring person he is & you realize that all that you have heard rings true.

Paolo's putting the Club ahead of himself was made evident in the days following our April 26, 2014 last gasp draw in Salt Lake. Following ‪#‎SebastianFernandez‬ hitting an equalizer from distance @ the death, all the subs on our bench, entered the field of play to celebrate. The League wanted to suspend all of them. Paolo was accepting of taking all of the punishment & only he got the 1 match ban.

In addition to some Reserve & ‪#‎USL‬ matches, Paolo played in 7 Cup matches for us in 2015. In 4 ‪#‎CCL‬ games, Paolo led us to our first draw & win, in our inaugural campaign in this continental competition.

Of most importance, however, Paolo played in our first 3 ‪#‎VoyageurCup‬ matches. We were sad that you weren't given the chance to start in the 2nd Leg of the Finale, but once again you showed your true character in how you handled it. Thanks for your role in bringing us our very 1st ‪#‎VsCup‬!!! This will forever be a part of the story of our Club!!! ‪#‎Thanks‬ also for leading ‪#‎TheHumba‬ after the dramatic win in ‪#‎YEG‬ & swapping kits w/ our dear friend @jrunn14 & for your support of our movement.

We wish you & @valentina_70_ all our best for what is next in football & life. Know that wherever you end up, we will be following & supporting (except when you play us) from ‪#‎UpperCa5cadia‬. We hope our paths cross again!

‪#‎MilleGraziePaolo‬ ‪#‎SupportIsAlways‬

Much Love,

One of the Collective

P.S. Valentina, thx for supporting w/us in our section, @ UBC for ‪#‎WFC2‬ matches, @ our pub for away matches, & for helping display the ‪#‎JuntosLosHaremos‬ banner! ‪#‎YouRAwesome‬

P.P.S. Thx to @residualimage (@aftncanada photographer) for sharing this photo!