A pair of Ottawa South United products officially joined the professional ranks with Atlético Ottawa, as Myles Cornwall and Jaedan Mercure signed on with their hometown Canadian Premier League club this season.
In 2017-2018 playing with OSU in League1 Ontario, Cornwall featured in 12 matches and finished with six goals and five assists. He also had a productive collegiate career with Walsh University from 2016-2019, appearing in 72 matches and netting 22 goals and 17 assists as a forward.
“Signing pro has always been an aspiration of mine. The fact that it’s now a reality is a feeling beyond comparison,” Cornwall said in an Atlético Ottawa news release announcing his signing in late August. “I’m excited to join this team, with these players and to continue to learn and develop at the professional level.”
“Myles is a player who has been on the cusp of receiving an opportunity at the professional level for a number of years,” added OSU President Bill Michalopulos. “To anyone who knows Myles and his dedication and character, they will be delighted to see him get this opportunity with his hometown team. Everyone at our club, OSU, looks forward to supporting him.”
Earmarked to add depth to the left-back position with Atlético Ottawa, the Sir Robert Borden High School valedictorian is also known for his positive outlook and dedication to hard work.
“We are excited to have Myles join us,” commented Atlético Ottawa’s Head Coach Mista. “We know he will be a good fit with our team because of his skills and character.”
Mercure also made his dream of playing pro come true when he signed a development contract with the organization.
“It’s really super to be with the team,” mentioned the 18-year-old former OSU striker. “It’s been extraordinary to get to know the guys and to get accustomed to the professional routine.”
Mercure, who also developed with the Vancouver Whitecaps organization in 2017 and 2018, took advantage of the partnership between his OSU club and Atlético Ottawa to get noticed. He said he now looks forward to continue working hard and to be a role model for younger players in the region who aspire to play professionally.
OSU products shine in university ranks
OSU players have made their mark both near and far in university and collegiate soccer throughout North America this season.
Goalkeeper Kayza Massey of the West Virginia University women’s soccer team was recently named the United Soccer Coaches Division I National Player of the Week. She made a career-high seven saves against Texas on Oct. 21, before matching that mark at Baylor on Oct. 24, to help the Mountaineers earn a pair of scoreless draws.
The Carleton Ravens men’s soccer roster is full of OSU alumni as they’ll finally get their chance to host nationals a year later than originally expected. Currently ranked #2, Carleton will look to defend the Ravens’ Perch against the best in Canadian university sport come Nov. 18-21.
Amelia Carlini will also get the chance to play in a home nationals for her Cape Breton Capers on the same dates. The final-year communications student has helped Cape Breton bring home three AUS banners and two national medals and a centre midfielder.
OSU Champions Showcase returns
The tournament was moved from its regular August slot to Thanksgiving weekend, but over 50 teams celebrated the return of the renowned OSU Champions Showcase this season, with OSU’s 2007 Girls Force White and 2005 Girls Force White both winning their divisions.
Three OSU squads also went deep in their OPDL seasons, with the 2007 girls, 2006 girls and 2005/2004 boys all competing in the Charity Shield playoffs.
Braendli inducted into Nepean Sports Wall of Fame
Rene Braendli has been a long-standing contributor to Ottawa’s soccer community and was a founding member of the Ottawa South United organization. He has played an important role in the development of girls’ soccer throughout Ottawa and received the Centre Circle Award in 2019 from Ontario Soccer for his dedication and passion for the growth of local soccer.