Atlético Ottawa

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]

Atlético Ottawa
Atlético Ottawa logo.svg
Full nameAtlético Ottawa
Nickname(s)Ottleti[1]
FoundedJanuary 29, 2020; 5 months ago (2020-01-29)
StadiumTD Place Stadium
Ottawa, Ontario
Capacity24,000
OwnerClub Atlético de Madrid
CEOFernando Lopez
Strategic partnerJeff Hunt
CoachMista
LeagueCanadian Premier League
WebsiteClub website
Current season

HistoryEdit

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 will debut 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]

StadiumEdit

 
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.[10]

Crest and coloursEdit

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".[11]

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").[11]

Players and staffEdit

RosterEdit

As of July 6, 2020[12]
No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Nacho Zabal   Spain
2 Midfielder Malyk Hamilton   Canada
4 Defender Brandon John   Canada
5 Midfielder Viti Martínez   Spain
6 Defender Gianfranco Facchineri (on loan from Vancouver Whitecaps)   Canada
7 Midfielder Bernardinho   Ghana
8 Midfielder Francisco Acuña   Mexico
10 Midfielder Ben Fisk   Canada
11 Midfielder Antoine Coupland   Canada
12 Defender Michel Djaozandry   Canada
13 Forward Kunle Dada-Luke   Canada
18 Midfielder Tevin Shaw   Jamaica
19 Forward Malcolm Shaw   Canada
23 Midfielder Ajay Khabra   Canada
25 Goalkeeper Ricky Gomes   Canada
44 Defender Vashon Neufville   England

Current staffEdit

As of April 27, 2020[13][14]
Executive
CEO Fernando Lopez
Strategic partner Jeff Hunt
Coaching staff
Head coach Mista
Goalkeeper coach José Ángel Oyonarte
Head of strength and physical training José Oriol

Head coachesEdit

As of February 11, 2020
Coach Nation Tenure Record
G W D L Win %
Mista   Spain February 11, 2020 – present 0 0 0 0 !


ReferencesEdit

  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. ^ "Ottawa". FIFA. Retrieved July 5, 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Emblem Inspiration". Atlético Ottawa. Retrieved February 11, 2020.
  12. ^ "Roster". Atlético Ottawa. Retrieved March 5, 2020.
  13. ^ "Mista revealed as Atlético Ottawa's first head coach". atleticoottawa.canpl.ca. Retrieved February 11, 2020.{[dead link|date=April 2020
  14. ^ "Atlético Ottawa would like to welcome two additions to our coaching staff". Retrieved April 27, 2020.

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