OSU’s Isabella Hanisch competes for Canada in China

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Isabella Hanisch.

–By OSU Force Academy

Ottawa South United Force player Isabella Hanisch and Canada Soccer’s Women’s U-17 Team leaves Weifang, China after gaining invaluable experience at the July 12-16 Four Nations Tournament with a 3-1 loss to China, a 1-1 draw with the USA and a 3-1 loss to Japan.

“This is really just the start for the group, and they showed huge growth over a short period,” said Bev Priestman, Canada Soccer National EXCEL Director 14-20. “The experience of playing two top Asian teams preparing for qualifiers and the US so early in a cycle can’t be underestimated as it really allowed us to take a snapshot of where we are currently and provided us with a great starting point to build upon.

“The tournament also provided us with an excellent practice run for future tournaments coping with travel, the heat, tight turnarounds and related pressures, all of which these players will be exposed to in the future, so it was an excellent development experience overall.”

The Four Nations Tournament in Weifang, China was a key touchpoint prior to CONCACAF qualification for the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Uruguay 2018, and provided Canada Soccer’s technical staff with an opportunity to assess the group and better understand the curriculum needs going in to 2018’s major events, as well as the development needs of individuals in their journey towards the Women’s National Team.

Ontario Soccer Announces its Canada Games Rosters

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Ricky Comba.

The Ontario Men’s and Women’s U-18 Provincial Teams will take on squads from around Canada at the 2017 Canada Summer Games, taking place July 28-August 13, in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

“This is a great opportunity for our athletes to test their skills against the best players this country has to offer,” said Bryan Rosenfeld, Ontario Soccer Manager of High Performance. “We’re looking at this as another development opportunity for our provincial players but also we’re going into this competition with the intent to win it as well.”

The provincial teams are selected from Ontario’s provincial programs, the Ontario Player Development League, League1 Ontario and scouting around the province.

Current OSU players Tony Mikhael, Ricky Comba, Emily Amano, Kayza Massey and a number of others who have developed with OSU in the past are part of the team.
Well done to all the OSU players who will represent Ontario!

OSU 2005 Force Academy White Boys – 2017 Nordic Cup Champions

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The 2005 Force White Boys travelled to Stowe, Vermont in June for the Nordic Cup. In round robin day 1, the boys finished with two wins 1-0 and 11-1. Playing in Day 2, the final game of round robin matched the two undefeated teams. Against a very athletic larger team, the boys played hard to tie the game in the last minute to move onto the finals.

The team met the Alleycats Academy from Albany, New York in the final. The team came out strong in the final playing their hardest and best game of the tournament to win the final 5-2.

Congratulations to all the boys for an outstanding effort and performance, to team manager Penny for her work organizing the trip, and thanks to Coach Brandon Krauthaker for leading us to the win!

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