Ottawa South United Soccer Club is pleased to announce a quartet of player advancement successes early this season, with Tony Mikhael headed to Carleton University, Ali Jabara to Acadia University, David Chung to the University of Waterloo, and Ronan Kratt to a U.S. Soccer Development Academy team.
Tony was scouted into the Ravens Men’s Soccer Program, and will study Finance while at Carleton. Tony has been with OSU since the age of 14, and was a key player in the successful OSU 2000 Force Black team, which has won the OYSL League Championship, the Quebec-Ontario Cup and Ontario Cup.
We believe Tony will be a great addition to the Carleton University Ravens Men’s Soccer Program. We wish Tony the best of luck with our OSU League One Ontario squad this season and his future with Carleton University.
Meanwhile, our League One Ontario team captain will head east to Acadia.
Ali was scouted and selected to be a part of the Axemen’s Men’s Soccer Program along with studying in business. Ali, who has been with OSU since the age of 9, was also a member of the 2000 Force Black squad.
Ali’s journey through OSU began in house league, before entering competitive on the U9 Titans team. He quickly rose his way up the ranks to competing at the provincial level.
Thank you to his house league coach, Courtney Anderson, for getting him into competitive.
This summer, Coach Ali will serve as a club coach for our U9 Titans team, along with assisting Pre-Academy.
We wish Ali the best of luck in leading his League One Ontario squad this season and his future with Acadia University.
David, also a current OSU League One player and past 2000 boys champion, will join the Waterloo Warriors. David started playing with OSU at U10. Individually, David has featured in the U15 Boys National team program as well.
Good luck this fall, David, and thank you for your contributions to OSU!
Ronan, a 2003-born player, has joined Barça Academy in the renowned U.S. Soccer DA league.
Barça Academy is the new extension of FC Barcelona’s famed La Masia academy into North America – a residential academy directed by La Masia coaches who have relocated to the club’s Casa Grande, Arizona facility.
Ronan was invited to join the U15 team midseason. Brought in as a striker, he has started in his first 6 games, scoring 4 goals. Competing in the DA’s southwest division – often noted as the most competitive division in this nationwide league – Ronan was recently recognized by Top Drawer Soccer as a weekly standout player.
Ronan began playing recreational soccer at the age of 6 at Ottawa South United before progressing to the competitive rosters. He has been a member of the Force Academy since U9 in which he has been a consistent goal scorer each year. In his U14 and final season at OSU, Ronan scored 18 goals in the OPDL as his team’s top scorer and the third-leading goal scorer in the league.
OSU sends 15 players to Danone Nations Cup Provincial Camp
A younger group of OSU players is also pecking at next-level opportunities. A total of 15 players made it to the final round for selection with the Danone Nations Cup program and attended a June 9-10 camp in Toronto.
We are proud of all the OSU players who attended the try-out in Ottawa and represented our club so well! Our finalists were: Ameera Abualsamh, Olivia Chen, Ashlee Delaney, Ella Kettles, Olivia Lehto, Anna Swyers, Isaac Charbonneau, Andrianos Dagres, Luca Domanico, Aleksandr Guboglo, Jefferson Jerome, Theo Krnjevic, Lucas Mongeon, Simon Rochon & Alessandro Silenu.
Twardek captains Team Canada
Younger Force players are all lining up in hopes of following in the footsteps of OSU Alum Kris Twardek, who recently captained Team Canada during the Men’s U-23 National Team’s appearance at the 2018 Festival International Espoirs Provence.
Canada missed out on the semi-final behind 2-1 Turkey despite their group’s only undefeated record, with a 0-0 draw against Portugal, a 1-0 win over Turkey, and 1-1 tie with Japan. Canada then fell 2-1 to host France to finish 6th overall.
“We are absolutely proud of what this team has been able to pull together,” said John Herdman, Canada’s co-coach along with Mauro Biello for the Toulon tournament in France.”It was great to see that they showed that togetherness that we had hoped to see. They showed true team spirit.”
Huge OSU Spring Kick-Off Classic
With over 100 teams descending on us, the OSU Spring Kick-Off Classic was a huge success! The May 19-20 event featured great facilities, competition and teams from across Ontario & Quebec – we can’t wait to see you again in 2019!