A Soccerlude Story: Ottawa’s Jonathan David, Lille’s Record Breaker

Whether you call him Jonathan, Jo David, or the Iceman, here are things you may or may not know about the record breaker from Ottawa…

  • Born in Brooklyn, New York. January 2000. 
  • Moved to Ottawa aged 6
  • Age 10: Soccer career begins with our Powered by Club, Gloucester Dragons
  • 1 year later, joins Gloucester SC. Plays for Hornets until 2015
  • 2016, joins Ottawa International SC – sets his sights on a career in Europe and turns down all three Canadian MLS clubs’ academies
  • 17 years old, represents Canada at the 2017 CONCACAF u17 Championship scoring two goals
  • Turns down a pro-contract offer from TFC before joining Belgian side Gent on trial
  • January 2018, signs for Gent and goes on to score 5 goals in first 4 appearances (all off the bench)
  • September 2019, Scores twice in first appearance for Canada 
  • Completes first full-professional season with Gent, scoring 14 goals across all competitions 
  • Leaves Gent in 2021 to join French side Lille for €30m, a record fee for a Canadian player
  • Led Lille to their first league title in ten years scoring 13 goals in his maiden campaign 
  • Jonathan David visits Atlético Ottawa
  • Instrumental as Canada qualified for the World Cup for the first time in 36 years
  • Features in Canada at the World Cup in Qatar 
  • January 2023, became the first foreign player to score 40 league goals for Lille

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