Hot! CAF Player Andy Lamontagne excels with Paris Saint-Germain Academy team




As a soccer player, Andy Lamontagne admits he’s sometimes too nice on the pitch.

The 13-year-old, who plays with Brampton City United, elaborates further by saying he’s not aggressive enough on the field, an aspect one of his coaches, Loretto Ceccarelli, says comes from the tendency of most Canadians to be too nice.

Still, Lamontagne hopes to play professionally one day. It’s a dream that seems a little bit closer to reality after he was picked to play for Paris Saint-Germain in the Madrid Cup from Sept. 15-17, but Lamontagne says he still needs a lot of work.

“(The Madrid Cup) taught me a lot of things,” said Lamontagne, who’s usually an attacking midfielder but played as a striker for the tournament. “(European teams) do a lot of passes and run a lot.”

Lamontagne was born in the Ivory Coast and moved to Peel Region when he was one.

Two years ago, his uncle Aristo recommended he try out PSG Academy in Montreal.

“When he was 16 or 17, he almost turned into a pro at PSG,” Lamontagne said.

Lamontagne made the team, but he had to travel back and forth to Montreal for practices and games, and that became too much of a financial strain for him to be able to continue and he had to leave the team after three months.

This summer, he was able to attend a PSG Academy tryout in Paris.

“I had one first with (OGC) Nice in France, which was a weekend tryout,” he said. “They didn’t take me, so then I went back to try out with (PSG).”

While he didn’t make the team at first, he was brought in as an emergency call-up three days before the tournament began. At the Madrid Cup, PSG placed 22nd out of 32 teams after posting three wins, three losses, and a tie.

While he’d eventually like to move on to an academy program overseas, there’s still a lot that he can work on back home in Brampton.

“I need a lot more practice,” he said. “I need to be faster on the ball and stronger in controlling against other players.”