By Ottawa Sportspage, For Ottawa South United Soccer
Ottawa South United Soccer Club is pleased to announce that 28 of our players have been selected to the 2017-2018 Provincial Projects.
These 28 players, who come from our teams competing within our Ontario Player Development League (OPDL) Teams are recognized as some of the top players in the province.
Across the board, we have 15 female players, and 13 male players joining the program. We are proud of the significant representation in both genders. In addition to this, OSU vastly leads Eastern Ontario with selections, and is amongst the top three in the province for placements by a club.
The provincial projects will take place between January and April, and include player screening, talent identification and player bench- marking through competition.
Congratulations to the following players for their selections by Ontario Soccer:
• 2002 Girls: Madolyn Bush, Martina Milito, Victoria Miller, Katie Richardson, Katherine Chadwick, Jade Taylor-Ryan, Shannon Phee
• 2002 Boys: Ilyes Outaleb, Mohamed Maadani, Varouje Avedis- sian, Naufal El Mansari
• 2003 Girls: Evelyn Arsenault, Georgia Hogan, Juliann Lacasse, Nyah Slusarenko
• 2003 Boys: Dylan Greene, Luka Vujicic, Peyton Ferdinand, Owen Pensom
• 2004 Girls: Clare Sun, Maya Stoppa, Lily Goss
• 2004 Boys: Alex Toma, Ethan Stroud, Liam Pender, Marcus Allen, Nathan Amankwah
OSU ALUM NAMED TOP CANADIAN U-20 PLAYER
OSU Soccer is pleased to announce that Kris Twardek has been named Under-20 Canadian National Team Player of the Year, by Canada Soccer.
Twardek, who joined OSU at Under-9 has spent the past four years with Millwall F.C. of England. Kris began his journey with trips to Everton F.C. at 12, as part of our club affiliation before signing on with Millwall when he turned 16.
His success over the past few years comes as no surprise to his former coaches in the club. Even at the early age of 9 when he joined OSU, our club recognized the special talent that Kris possesses along with his tremendous drive to excel and be the best he can be.
At the international level, Kris Twardek represented Canada at the CONCACAF Men’s Under-20 Championship in February (one goal in two matches) and then made his international “A” debut against El Salvador in October. In England, he went on loan to Braintree Town where he made 12 appearances at the end of the 2016-17 season, then started the new season back at Millwall FC and made his League One debut in a 0:0 draw against Hull City on 21 November.
“Kris is a player that has evolved quite a lot in the past year and you can tell we have in our hands a great player for Canada,” said past Canada Soccer Men’s National Team Head Coach Octavio Zambrano. “He did not disappoint when he came into the Men’s National Team in October as everything we saw him do with his club he brought into our camp.”
OSU TRIO JOIN TEAM CANADA’S EXCEL CENTRE
Ottawa South United is wishing best of luck to Emily Amano, Kayza Massey and Isabella Hanisch who recently joined the newly founded Ontario Regional EXCEL Super Centre.
This represents a significant achievement for the club, having one player in each age group (2000, 2001 and 2002) all invited into this pro- gram, which is integral to the national team program for female players in our country.