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OSU Force Academy Zone: OSU Atlético preps for 2nd PLSQ season

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OSU Force youth product and current Colgate University player Emily Amano is one of the first signees for the OSU Atlético women’s team.

Ottawa South United Soccer (OSU) is pleased to announce the initial details of its second season in the Première ligue de soccer du Québec (PLSQ).

With a special dispensation from Ontario Soccer and League1 Ontario to join the PLSQ granted in 2020, OSU was fortunate to take part in a condensed 2020 summer campaign, which served as a transitional season for the teams.

As the only club in Eastern Ontario competing at this level, we are pleased to provide this special opportunity to talented, local players. Over the past four years, many of these players have gone on to play in university and professionally.

In 2020, OSU’s women’s team fielded a young but talented team, consisting of mostly 2002 and 2003 born players. They gained valuable experience against elite senior players and will look to build on gaining more points in 2021 with a team full of players who are transitioning to university this fall, or returning after a season at school.

OSU’s men’s and reserve teams consisted of a mix of local talent, with existing university players and OSU youth players. The team narrowly missed out on a league championship after an impressive season as a competitive and talented team within the league. Following the 2020 season, Tony Mikhael & Cristopher Malekos were selected in the U-Sports Canadian Premier League (CPL) draft.

Anthony Vassallo enters his first season as head coach of the Women’s team. Anthony joined OSU from the Vancouver Whitecaps Youth Program in 2019. Anthony is a National B License coach with Canada Soccer and is currently completing his National Youth License.

“We are looking forward to growing this season and gaining further experience in the highly competitive PLSQ. I am excited to lead the team for the 2021 season,” reflected Coach Vassallo.

Chris Roth joins OSU as the men’s head coach for the upcoming 2021 season. Most recently, Roth was working overseas for the Moroccan National Federation. Prior to this, he has been a part of the soccer scene in the national capital region for over two decades, while holding his UEFA A License.

“I am excited to be joining OSU after a successful inaugural season and also pleased to be a part of soccer in Quebec again,” noted Coach Roth. In addition, OSU’s 2020 Head Coach, Kwesi Loney, will remain involved in the program this season.

Individual player signings will be announced in the coming weeks. Interested players should contact OSU for try-out information: contact@osu.ca

Clarissa Larisey joins Icelandic pro team

Clarissa Larisey became the first female OSU alumna to sign a professional contract in May, joining Valur in the Iceland Pepsi Max women’s league.

“I am so grateful to get the opportunity to play with this professional team in Iceland,” Larisey said. “Valur and this country are beautiful and I am just so blessed.”

“We know Clarissa will be a huge success and an inspiration to many more OSU players,” said OSU Club Head Coach Paul Harris.

Larisey’s signing came on the heels of her four-year career with the NCAA’s Memphis University Tigers, where she earned piles of all-star honours. Prior to that, Larisey was a 4-time scoring champion with OSU in the top provincial youth soccer league.

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