Atlético Ottawa

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Atlético Ottawa
Atlético Ottawa logo.svg
Full nameAtlético Ottawa
Nickname(s)Ottleti[1]
FoundedJanuary 29, 2020; 19 months ago (2020-01-29)
StadiumTD Place Stadium, Ottawa
Capacity24,000
OwnerClub Atlético de Madrid
CEOFernando Lopez
CoachMista
LeagueCanadian Premier League
2020Canadian Premier League, 7th
WebsiteClub website
Current season

Atlético Ottawa is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Ottawa, Ontario. The club competes in the Canadian Premier League and plays its home games at TD Place Stadium.[2]

History[edit]

From 2014 to 2019, Ottawa Fury FC competed in American-based soccer leagues, most recently the USL Championship.[3] The Fury dissolved after the 2019 season due to sanctioning issues associated with competing in the United States with the emergence of the domestic Canadian Premier League.[4] This left Ottawa without a professional soccer team heading into the 2020 season.

On January 29, 2020, it was announced that Ottawa had been awarded the Canadian Premier League's first expansion team to be owned by Spanish club Atlético Madrid with Ottawa businessman Jeff Hunt as a strategic partner.[5] The club debuted in the 2020 Canadian Premier League season under the name Atlético Ottawa.[6][7]

The club's identity, including name, crest, and colours, was unveiled on February 11, 2020.[7][8] The day was proclaimed "Atlético Ottawa Day" by Ottawa mayor Jim Watson.[9] Mista was announced as the first head coach and general manager of the club.[7]

Moments after kick-off at Atlético Ottawa's first home game on August 14, 2021

After playing the 2020 season and start of the 2021 season at neutral-site venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Atlético Ottawa made their home debut on August 14, 2021. Over 12,000 spectators were in attendance as Ottawa defeated HFX Wanderers FC 2–1.[10]

Stadium[edit]

TD Place Stadium in 2014

Atlético Ottawa will play at TD Place Stadium at Lansdowne Park in The Glebe neighbourhood of Ottawa. The stadium is shared with the Ottawa Redblacks Canadian football team and formerly hosted Ottawa Fury FC and hosted nine matches from the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup.[11]

Crest and colours[edit]

The club's identity is based upon that of its parent club, Atlético Madrid. The crest features a blue silhouette of the Peace Tower on Ottawa's Parliament Hill. Underneath are red and white stripes, evoking Atlético Madrid's crest and Canada's flag. At the base of the crest is a maple leaf. The club's alternate logo is a canoe paddle crossed by two arrows, taken from the Coat of arms of Ottawa, with the monogram "AO".[12]

Like Atlético Madrid, the club's colours are red, white, and blue (branded by the club as "federal red", "blanc d'Ottawa", and "Rideau blue").[12]

Players and staff[edit]

Squad[edit]

As of August 28, 2021[13]
No. Position Player Nation
1 GK Dylon Powley  Canada
2 DF Drew Beckie  Canada
3 DF Milovan Kapor  Canada
4 DF Brandon John  Canada
5 MF Viti Martínez  Spain
6 MF Chris Mannella  Canada
7 FW Ryan Telfer  Trinidad and Tobago
8 MF Ben McKendry  Canada
9 FW Shawn-Claud Lawson  Jamaica
10 MF Alberto Soto (on loan from Atlético Madrid)  Spain
11 MF Antoine Coupland  Canada
13 GK Teodor Obadal  Serbia
14 FW Brian Wright  Canada
16 MF Zach Verhoven  Fiji
17 DF Miguel Acosta  Spain
18 MF Tevin Shaw  Jamaica
19 FW Malcolm Shaw  Canada
20 DF Nyal Higgins (on loan from Toronto FC II)  Canada
21 DF Myles Cornwall  Canada
22 MF Rafael Núñez (on loan from Atlético Madrid)  Dominican Republic
23 DF Matthew Arnone  Canada
33 DF Keesean Ferdinand (on loan from CF Montréal)  Canada
44 DF Vashon Neufville  England
91 MF Jaeden Mercure  Canada
99 FW Raúl Uche  Spain


Current staff[edit]

As of July 10, 2021[14][15][16]
Executive
CEO Fernando Lopez[17]
President Jeff Hunt
Coaching staff
Head coach Mista
Assistant coach Ajay Khabra
Goalkeeper coach José Ángel Oyonarte
Head of strength and physical training José Oriol Setien

Head coaches[edit]

As of September 19, 2021
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Mista  Spain February 11, 2020 – present 26 5 7 14 019.23

Club captains[edit]

Years Name Nation
2020 Ben Fisk  Canada
2021 Milovan Kapor  Canada

Records[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Season League Playoffs CC Continental Average
attendance
Top goalscorer(s)
Div League Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts PPG Pos. Name Goals
2020a 1 CPL[18] 7 2 2 3 7 10 -3 8 1.14 7th DNQ DNQ Ineligible N/A Mexico Francisco Acuña
Canada Malcolm Shaw
2
2021 1 CPL 19 3 5 11 17 33 -16 14 0.74 8th TBD Preliminary Round DNQ 4,175 Canada Malcolm Shaw 7

1. Average attendance include statistics from league matches only.
2. Top goalscorer(s) includes all goals scored in league season, league playoffs, Canadian Championship, CONCACAF League, and other competitive continental matches.
a: Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the season was held exclusively in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, without fans formatted as a double round robin season with a single match final[19]

Most appearances[edit]

As of September 19, 2021
# Name Nation Career at club Games Played
CPL Cup Int'l Total
1 Malcolm Shaw  Canada 2020– 26 0 0 26
2 Milovan Kapor  Canada 2020– 22 1 0 23
Ben McKendry  Canada 2020– 23 0 0 23
4 Viti Martínez  Spain 2020– 19 1 0 20
Miguel Acosta  Spain 2021– 19 1 0 20
6 Rafael Núñez  Dominican Republic 2021– 18 1 0 19
7 Zach Verhoven  Canada 2021– 17 1 0 18
8 Dylon Powley  Canada 2021– 17 0 0 17
Brian Wright  Canada 2021– 16 1 0 17
10 Tevin Shaw  Jamaica 2020– 14 1 0 15
Note: Bold indicates active player

Most goals[edit]

As of September 19, 2021
# Name Nation Career at club Goals scored
CPL Cup Int'l Total
1 Malcolm Shaw  Canada 2020– 9 0 0 9
2 Brian Wright  Canada 2021– 3 1 0 4
3 Viti Martínez  Spain 2020– 2 1 0 3
4 Miguel Acosta  Spain 2021– 2 0 0 2
Francisco Acuña  Mexico 2020 2 0 0 2
6 Antoine Coupland  Canada 2020– 1 0 0 1
Ben Fisk  Canada 2020 1 0 0 1
Mohamed Kourouma  Guinea 2020 1 0 0 1
Alberto Soto  Spain 2021– 1 0 0 1
Ryan Telfer  Trinidad and Tobago 2021– 1 0 0 1
Zach Verhoven  Canada 2021– 1 0 0 1

Note: Bold indicates active player

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bedakian, Armen (February 11, 2020). "'Main challenge is time': Atlético Ottawa firing on all cylinders ahead of 2020 kick-off". Canadian Premier League.
  2. ^ "Canadian Premier League awards 1st Expansion Team to Ottawa". Canadian Premier League. January 29, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  3. ^ Vlasveld, Mike (January 29, 2020). "Ottawa getting pro soccer back, this time in Canadian Premier League". OttawaMatters. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  4. ^ Mazur, Alexandra (November 8, 2019). "Ottawa Fury FC forced to suspend operations over league 'politics,' says president". Global News. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  5. ^ "CPL awards expansion team to Ottawa for 2020 season". Sportsnet. Canadian Press. January 29, 2020. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  6. ^ "Pro soccer returning to Ottawa this spring". CBC News. Ottawa. January 29, 2020. Retrieved January 31, 2020.
  7. ^ a b c Woods, Michael (February 11, 2020). "Ottawa's new soccer team is called Atletico Ottawa". CTV News. Ottawa. Retrieved February 11, 2020. The city’s newest sports franchise is called Atletico Ottawa, it was announced Tuesday ... The club also announced its first head coach and general manager: Mista,
  8. ^ Molinaro, John (February 11, 2020). "CPL officially unveils Atlético Ottawa, as pro soccer returns to nation's capital". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  9. ^ Watson, Jim (February 11, 2020). "Pleased to proclaim 'Atletico Ottawa Day' ahead of a big announcement at noon! @CPLsoccer @atletienglish @TD_Place". Twitter. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  10. ^ The Canadian Press (August 14, 2021). "Atlético Ottawa defeats HFX Wanderers with late goal in 1st-ever home game". CBC Sports. Retrieved August 18, 2021.
  11. ^ "Ottawa". FIFA. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  12. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". Atlético Ottawa. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  13. ^ "Roster". Atlético Ottawa. Retrieved April 27, 2021.
  14. ^ "Mista revealed as Atlético Ottawa's first head coach". atleticoottawa.canpl.ca. Retrieved February 11, 2020.{[dead link|date=April 2020
  15. ^ "Atlético Ottawa would like to welcome two additions to our coaching staff". Retrieved April 27, 2020.
  16. ^ Marty Thompson (March 16, 2021). "Retired CPLer Ajay Khabra joins Atlético Ottawa as assistant coach". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved April 1, 2021.
  17. ^ "Atlético Ottawa CEO Fernando Lopez pens open letter to club's fans". September 27, 2020. Retrieved August 21, 2021.
  18. ^ "Canadian Premier League". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved September 6, 2020.
  19. ^ "Canadian Premier League". Canadian Premier League. Retrieved July 29, 2020.

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