Just like the snow, the off-season signings keep on coming for the Ottawa South United Force Academy as its players continue to find opportunities in professional environments across Canada.
OSU alum signs with CPL’s Halifax Wanderers
Starting on the east coast, the Halifax Wanderers of the new Canadian Premier League announced the signing of OSU product Ndzemdzela Langwa in February.
Because of his pace down the left side, Langwa is known as ‘Zoom’ instead of his Cameroonian first name (pronounced ‘zem’zella).
He’s also earned the moniker ‘The Wall’ due to his reputation of not letting many attacking players get past him.
“I thought Langwa would bring a very dynamic sort of element to our squad considering his athleticism and his speed,” Wanderers general manager and head coach Stephen Hart said in a news release.
The left full-back from Ottawa is coming back to kick-start his career in his home country after spells in the leagues of Italy and Spain.
OSU youth products fuel Force League1 squad
Moving back to the home front, the OSU Force are getting set to kick off their third season of play in the League1 Ontario men’s division in 2019.
Head coach Peter Mapendere has recently announced the signings a number of players who helped push the Force Academy to new heights during their youth careers with OSU.
A leader with incredible work ethic and ability as a forward, OSU is proud to welcome back Myles Cornwall for the 2019 season from Walsh University, where he plays NCAA soccer for the Cavaliers in Ohio.
Also returning to provide strong character and contributions are homegrown talents Ian Kerr (Western Mustangs), Ryan Massoud (Northeastern Huskies), Ali Jabara (Acadia Axemen), Eric Watson (Wisconsin-Superior Yellowjackets), Cédric Gravel (Acadia Axemen), Aidan Tuck (UBC Okanagan Heat), and Nicolas DiBerardino (St. Francis-Xavier CHS).
League1 Ontario serves as a stepping stone between the high-performance youth level and elite amateur and professional levels of the game.
9 Force players spend week at Whitecaps Academy
Finishing off on the west coast, nine OSU Force Academy boys spent a week in Vancouver with Whitecaps FC to be scouted and coached for their world-class Academy Program: Pablo Trujillo, Marcus Allen, Alex Toma, Anthony Domanico, Ethan Stroud, Joseph Daher, Liam Pender, Khelan Gidda and Peyton Ferdinand.
OSU is a Whitecaps Academy Centre affiliate of the Major League Soccer pro club.
OSU partners with CECCE to debut school soccer program
Ottawa South United Soccer Club is proud to partner with the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-est (CECCE) to explore the possibility of offering student-athletes a unique sport-learning experience in Ottawa.
Students within the soccer program will develop their athletic abilities, discipline, self-improvement and mental strength, while following a flexible schedule that combines education and soccer training.
This program will take place during school hours at École élémentaire catholique Jean-Robert-Gauthier and students will have the opportunity to continue their club activities after school hours.
The soccer program will be offered to students in grades 4, 5 and 6, beginning in September 2019. Families in grade 3 are encouraged to express their interest as well. No previous soccer experience is required to participate in this program.