The stats are in, and the lifetime total is terrific: over 245 Ottawa South United soccer players have secured post-secondary scholarships since the club’s inception, with 60+ in the U.S. and 180+ in Canada.
That’s an average of more than a starting lineup of players each year over the course of OSU’s 17 seasons of existence (and the rate has picked up dramatically since the formative years). The total is worth $11.5 million in school fees (based on the cost of 4-year tuition).
“We are very proud of all our alumni who have gone on to play in university and college soccer across North America – it’s a huge accomplishment,” underlines OSU President Bill Michalopulos. “And we’re also proud that so many of our past players stay close to the club and come back later to be part of the club again and to help our next generation.”
With a strong network of contacts and connections across the continent thanks to the reputation built on the success of our players and programs, OSU is always eager to help its young players pursue post-secondary education, and meets with families frequently to put a plan in place to meet their goals.
Over 70 OSU alumni played varsity soccer this past fall, earning piles of conference and national academic and athletic distinctions. Amongst the successes was the Carleton Ravens men’s soccer team (powered largely by OSU alumni) again reaching the Canadian university semi-finals on the heels of the first national medal in program history last season. Dario Conte repeated as Ontario East MVP and a first-team All-Canadian.
Several current OSU players have already signed with university clubs for next season, including Katherine Chadwick (McGill University), Jade Taylor-Ryan (University of British Columbia), Katie Richardson (Simon Fraser University), and current women’s national team Ontario REX program player Isabella Hanisch, who will join Chicago’s DePaul University in the NCAA’s Big East conference.
OSU a force on fields near & far
After claiming several crowns close to home (including Ontario’s first-ever OPDL Cup, Season Championship and Charity Shield triple), OSU players and teams have shone on big stages across the country, the continent and overseas. Amongst the highlights:
Four Force players represented Team Canada in Barcelona for October’s Danone Nations Cup, billed as the world’s biggest soccer tournament for children aged 10-12. Anna Swyers was the captain for Canada’s 5th-place girls’ team, while Adrian Dagres, Luca Domanico and Isaac Charboneau helped the Canadian boys to a 12-place finish.
Evelyn Arsenault earned her first international caps as a member of the Latvian U17 women’s national team.
Antonio Carlini, who joined Toronto FC’s Academy from OSU, made his professional debut with TFC-2 this fall.
The 2006 Force boys were invited for training at TFC Academy after an undefeated season in their first OPDL campaign.
The Montreal Impact also hosted several players and coaches for training at their Major League Soccer Academy.
The lone foreign team in the Disney Junior Soccer Showcase in Orlando, the Force 2007 girls took down several of Florida’s top U13 girls’ teams en route to an undefeated record in group play and an appearance in the premier tournament semi-finals.