Atlético Ottawa is primed and ready to take on another fantastic season of professional Canadian soccer in the nation’s capital. Soccerlude 2024 is in full swing, with amazing prices on Season Seat Memberships, and the scintillating forward Ballou Tabla is back in Ottawa with a show you won’t want to miss.
Today, the Canadian Premier League (CPL) revealed the full schedule for the 2024 season, presented by WestJet. Atlético’s road to glory has been set, and the electric crowd at TD Place, where thousands of supports flock each season, will be a crucial part in accomplishing Atleti’s goal of lifting more silverware.
Let’s take a quick look at what awaits at TD Place this season:
The 2024 CPL season kicks off in Ottawa with an all-Ontario rivalry as York United travels up to face Atlético in the inaugural match of the campaign. York, who qualified for the 2023 playoffs, will be reinvigorated following their sale to world-renowned “Game Plan Sports Group” and will be eager to get this new chapter off to a positive start.
This will also mark the third successive year of Atlético’s Award Winning Home opener initiative (CPL Business Awards, 2023). The wonderful local hero Lily Millett, alongside the CHEO Foundation, was championed last year, while the inaugural match of the 2022 campaign was in support of Ukrainian Humanitarian Assistance.
Atlético has back-to-back home matches at the start of the campaign, as one week later defending CPL Sheild Winners Cavalry FC (Calgary, AB) visits the nation’s capital. Sparks were flying the last time the Cavs were in town, and expect nothing less than a heated affair to warm up the cool spring afternoon on April 20.
Following Atlético’s first quick away trip of the season it’s a return to home for Head Coach Carlos González’s as they host Valour FC. Valour has been a tough foe throughout Atlético’s history but faces a trying start to the campaign. Due to renovation at IG Field (now known as Princess Auto Stadium), the Winnipeg-based side doesn’t play a home match until June.
An early chance at some payback, and the first-time new signing Matteo de Brienne – of Ottawa – faces up against the team that gave him his first minutes as a professional.
Two consecutive away matches follow before we round out the month at home to defending CPL Playoff Champions Forge FC on May 24 weekend.
Three matches await the crowds of TD Place in June, as Halifax Wanderers visit for the first time this season (Sunday, June 2). Under the guidance of Head Coach Patrice Gheisar, Halifax exceeded all expectations in the 2023 regular season and went to host the club’s first-ever playoff match in front of a sold-out crowd.
York then makes the trip to Ottawa for the final time, sandwiched between away trips to Winnipeg and Calgary, before Forge rounds out the month – ending the Ontario rivalries in the capital for the season.
In July, as the weather heats up, so does the competition and Pacific FC (2021 CPL Playoff Champions) make their first visit from Victoria, BC.
Last season, Atlético wore the club’s “Making it to Saftey” Jersey (in. support of Shelter Movers Ottawa, tackling Intimate Partner Violence) for the first time against the Tridents but expect the visitors to return to their normal shade of purple for this clash.
We round out the month’s home fixtures with the Valour’s final visit to TD Place.
The month of August is top-and-tailed with two West Coast clashes in Ottawa, as the Cavalry visit for the final time – reminiscent of Head Coach Tommy Wheldon Jr. and his side’s visit the year before. This is sure to be a crucial clash in the battle for the CPL Sheild between the trophy’s inaugural winners and the defending champions.
It’s our first Saturday match under the lights (7pm KO). One you won’t want to miss!
Three consecutive matches on the road keep Atleti away from the city after that though, with the latest CPL expansion side Vancouver FC making its first trip to the capital on Labour Day weekend.
September sees back-to-back matches at TD Place at the end of the month, starting with Pacific’s final visit to Ottawa – three days before Franco-Ontarian Day.
Midfield maestro Ollie Bassett is the joint-top scorer in this fixture. The former Pacific player has four goals to his name and will surely be leading the charge as Atleti seeks to turn its home fortunes against the Tridents.
The following weekend, Atlético hosts Halifax and with Truth and Reconciliation Day is around the corner, expect collaborations with local indigenous organizations as Canada continues to strive towards a better towards.
We end of the 2024 CPL season in the same way we started it, with a match at TD Place. Vancouver FC travel to Ottawa in the final match of the regular season where we’ll all be hoping for some fireworks and more trophies being lifted.
And don’t forget! Atlético Ottawa’s celebration of winter is back for its second successive year. The calendar is jam-packed with special events for our wonderful Atleti Family, some blockbuster announcements (including the 2024 Canadian Premier League schedule) and of course, the best prices of Season Seat Memberships. Now that’s a pretty cool way to celebrate the beautiful game.
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