OSU Force Academy Zone: OSU scores 8 Team Ontario selections

Juliann Lacasse. (File photo)

By Ottawa South United Force Academy

An Eastern Ontario-best 8 Ottawa South United Force players have been selected to Team Ontario for an Apr. 26-28 interprovincial soccer series against Quebec in St-Hubert, Que. on Montreal’s south shore.

Winners of Ottawa’s 1st OPDL “double”, OSU’s 2018 Charity Shield and Overall Ontario Player Development League Championship-winning team led the way with half of the selections – Evelyn Arsenault, Nibonile Dlamini & Juliann Lacasse (2003 girls) and Claire Rea (2004 girls).

The other Force Team Ontario players include Adam Al-Hbadi (2005 boys), Anna Swyers (2005 girls), and Joseph Daher & Alexander Toma (2006 boys).

OSU product joins mates at TFC Academy

Former OSU player Ryan Lindsay became the fourth player from the 2001 Boys to join Toronto FC’s Academy alongside Carleton University’s Danny Assaf, and Antonio Carlini & Mehdi Essoussi, who are both still with the Major League Soccer professional club.

New Grade 4-6 soccer academy to kick off

After a very successful parent consultation meeting in late January, OSU is now able to officially begin registration for the 2019-2020 Soccer Academy, in partnership with Jean-Robert-Gauthier Catholic elementary school and the Conseil des écoles catholiques du Centre-Est. The program is open to students in Grades 4, 5 and 6.

Force League1 lineups taking shape

OSU’s League1 Ontario sides continue to sign strong players – and many products of the club’s youth programs – to bolster the Force’s top men’s and women’s teams as they get set to kickoff in May.

The Force men recently added 2018 League 1 3rd-team all-star Barou Junior Mbuyamba, who was selected by League1/Canadian Premier League staff among the top-50 players in League1 to participate in the official CPL combine (with a rep from all CPL coaching staff). From that 50, BJ was then chosen amongst the final 25 by CPL coaches.

Acadia Axemen rookie-of-the-year Ali Jabara will also rejoin OSU this summer, and coach the club’s U9 and 10 boys’ teams.

An OSU player since U9, Assaf will also wear Force colours this summer on the heels of a national bronze medal with the Carleton Ravens men’s soccer team in the fall.

After 2 successful seasons with Cambrian College in Sudbury, Dylan Roossien will also rejoin his home club since U9. From U9 to League1, all within OSU, that’s what our player pathway is all about!

On the women’s side, OSU is proud to welcome back Clarisse Ramirez and Erin Foley – both outstanding student-athletes with the University of New Brunswick Varsity Reds and alumni of our highly successful ‘98 Girls Team.

Former Canada Soccer REX Player Emily Amano signs after a highly successful first season at Colgate University. Another homegrown talent, having joined OSU at U9, Emily will add a creative spark in the Force midfield.

Becky Hext joins the team after a very successful first season at the Rochester Institute of Technology, while OSU is also excited to welcome Emma Kovacs (Western Mustangs), future Bishop’s Gaiter MP Beaudoin and Miranda Robinson.

A swift striker who scored 12 more goals than anyone else in the top provincial youth league in both of her final 2 seasons, Clarissa Larisey was the team’s first signing. Clarissa returns to OSU after a highly successful season with the Memphis Tigers.

The OSU women will make their League1 debut at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 4 at Quinns Point behind the Minto Recreation Complex – Barrhaven, followed by the 5 p.m. kickoff to the Force men’s third campaign in the provincial loop that seeks to advance players to post-secondary and professional opportunities.

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