Soccer Player Profile – Eustaquio
Eustaquio is a defensive midfielder
Born in Canada, Eustaquio moved to Portugal with his family at an early age. He began his career with a local soccer club, Grupo Desportivo Os Nazarenos, in Nazare, Portugal. He stayed there for five years, honing his skills. During this time, Eustaquio looked up to Cristiano Ronaldo and David Silva. He then moved to Portugal and played for the Uniao de Leiria before joining the Sport Clube Uniao Torreense in 2014.
As a professional, Eustaquio has made a name for himself playing on the defensive side of the game. His clubs include Cruz Azul in Mexico, and Pacos De Ferreira in Portugal. He is known for being a no-nonsense defender. In fact, he has often been used as a traditional #6 for his club and country. His massive presence on the field has made him an important part of Canada’s national team in recent years.
Eustaquio’s defensive philosophy is based around a series of principles. One of these principles is to enter a constant state of movement. The other two are to keep your head in a constant position and to prefer one touch passes over two touch passes. An example of this theory is a textbook example: the attacking midfielder’s position is not too deep, and Eustaquio is able to use his lateral movement to play a one-touch pass.
He’s a strong tackler
Eustaquio can play aggressively off the ball and can use his strength to commit tactical fouls. His aggressive style is similar to that of Fernandinho, the deepest-lying midfielder for Manchester City. Fernandinho was known for committing several tactical fouls per game to slow down the opposing team’s counter-attacks. Eustaquio’s aggressive style is also valuable in defense, as he must be able to defend positions and prevent counter-attacks.
Eustaquio has been an excellent tackler for the Red Bulls. He is a big influence in midfield, where he controls the game. He has played in all eight qualifying matches and started six of them. He also played the full 90 minutes on two occasions.
Although known for his defensive work, Eustaquio also has offensive instincts and has proven to be a crucial part of Canada’s midfield. He is the embodiment of the ‘Destroy and Progress’ midfielder, combining his defensive instincts with attacking instincts.
He’s a good passer
Eustaquio is a good passer, and he also has a solid defensive philosophy. Although his approach isn’t groundbreaking, he understands the importance of working smarter, not harder. One of his sub-principles is to pass the ball to an open teammate with one touch. In a textbook example, Eustaquio finds a soft spot in the Mexican midfield and plays a one-touch pass.
In recent games, Eustaquio has excelled at passing. He completed 33 of 42 passes against Mexico, which was second-best among Canadian players. He also completed four of seven long balls and made 4 of five key passes. Despite his small size, he has a strong passing game and has made a name for himself.
Eustaquio can play half-volleys with great pressure. He is also a strong defender with good instincts on the offensive end. Against Mexico, he made a key contribution to Canada’s 2-1 win.
He’s a key player for Canada
While known for his defensive work, Eustaquio is a key player in the attacking third for Canada. His defensive instincts and attacking capabilities have allowed Canada to improve its defence. In addition to scoring goals, Eustaquio is an important part of the Canadian midfield.
Canada is in the midst of a strong push to the 2022 World Cup, and Eustaquio has been a steady presence for the national team. This season, he is expected to continue playing a key role. His team currently sits atop the ‘Octagonal’, the last round of CONCACAF World Cup qualifiers.
Eustaquio has always been a student of the game, and he embodies the vision Herdman has for Canada. When Mauro Eustaquio was a kid, he couldn’t shake his brother Stephen during soccer.