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OSU Force Academy Zone: OSU launches Meet our Recruits Project

By OSU Force Academy

OSU Force Academy is pleased to launch the Meet our Recruits Project, which is designed to provide greater support to our high school students who are pursuing a chance to compete in university or college soccer.

Since our formation in 2003, OSU has sought to provide the best opportunities for our youth players to achieve their goals, which for many is to play at the university or college level after graduating high school. Within this project, players will have the opportunity to link their YouTube channels to their profile, along with highlighting their playing position and their school averages. Interested coaches will then connect with the players through our team.

“Being forward-thinking in how we can leverage technology is one of the key factors that drives the success of our organization. We are very pleased to find new ways to help our players showcase their abilities,” noted Club Sporting Director Jim Lianos.

Since 2003, we have seen over 250 graduates go on to land a spot on a varsity roster, with many of them also receiving valuable scholarships to help fund their education. Our families are recognizing these unique opportunities and responding by regularly attending our planning seminars and complimentary individual consultations to produce their action plans.

“We know that this year especially was difficult for our high school students,” reflected OSU Technical Director Paul Harris. “We believe that through this project we will be able to expedite their recruitment process and make sure they remain on track to be signed by a university or college.”

History-making girls sign with NCAA & U Sports teams

Many members of the first team to ever win the OPDL Cup, League and Charity Shield championships have chosen their university destinations near and far. The groundbreaking group of 2021 girls grads who have signed includes:

Future NCAA players Evelyn Arsenault (Connecticut), Tristan McFarlane (Hartford) and Sofia Laderosa (St. Francis), and U Sports commits Anna Demarbre (Calgary), Mattie Strickler & Nyah Slusarenko (Queen’s), Carolyne Beaudoin (Concordia), Maya Smith, Tessa Frangione & Nibonile Dlamini (Ottawa), and Taylor Saunders (Carleton).

3 OSU Alumni selected in 2021 Canadian Premier League Draft

OSU is pleased to announce that three alumni were selected in the second annual Canadian Premier League (CPL) draft.

Since 2017, OSU has been providing the opportunity for local talent to play at the highest level possible. In 2020, OSU joined the PLSQ (Quebec), and in partnership with Atlético Ottawa (CPL), they finished just shy of the league championship – a very impressive display for the league debutants.

“Seeing three players from the OSU-Atlético PLSQ team be drafted is further validation towards the reason why we make sure this opportunity exists,” noted OSU Sporting Director, Jim Lianos.

Tony Mikhael is a youth alumni of the club and was a major contributor to our provincial-champion 2000-born Boys team. He has continued his development at OSU each summer, first with our League1 Ontario program before joining our new PLSQ (Quebec) team this past summer.

“Tony being drafted this week is fantastic recognition of his ability as a player. Seeing him get a chance at the professional level is very rewarding,” described Paul Harris, OSU Technical Director.

Cristopher Malekos went an impressive second overall to Atlético Ottawa and will join the team in their second year in the CPL. Cristopher joined OSU in the PLSQ in 2020 and played a key leadership role on defence.

Stefan Karajovanovic also went in the first round, this time seventh overall to Halifax Wanderers FC. Stefan was a stand-out attacking player in the PLSQ this past season.

OSU Recreational Soccer Programming

After careful consideration, and while remaining responsive in our planning, OSU would like to share our Recreational program options for the upcoming Spring & Summer season:

An 8 week Spring program for U3-U18, which is scheduled to begin in late April. A traditional 12 week Summer season, which is scheduled to begin in late June.

This model is the best way for us to adapt our offerings and allow flexibility for families to determine the best fit for them. Players who register for both seasons (Spring + Summer) will receive a discounted fee.

We are extending our early-bird deadline by five weeks to April 10, and have also removed all late registration fees for 2021. We hope that our flexibility will appeal to you, and that we can welcome you to the soccer field this upcoming outdoor season.

As demonstrated in 2020, OSU will continue to be adaptable and communicate with you regularly if there are any changes to this plan.

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