Ottawa, ON (April 2, 2020) –Atlético Ottawa announces today goalkeeper Nacho Zabal for the 2020 season. The 33-year-old from Spain is the thirteenth addition to the club’s roster.
Zabal came through the youth ranks of Spanish club Osasuna, playing for their reserve team from 2006-11 and made his senior debut for their reserves in Segunda División B in March 2006, in a 1–1 away draw against CF Badalona. In 2011, he was loaned to Segunda División team CD Numancia and appeared in his first professional match in the second round of the Copa del Rey, saving a penalty in a shootout victory at FC Cartagena following a goalless draw.
“Bringing Nacho to Ottawa as an Atlético player, is one more demonstration of our club’s commitment to bringing high quality players to this amazing city and to continue with our desire of building a competitive team in the CPL,” said club CEO Fernando Lopez. “I am sure Nacho will become one of the stronger keepers in the league because of his experience and talent.”
The 6’4” keeper has had a consistent and established career most recently with Club Deportivo Calahorra since 2018.
“I’m very excited for this new adventure and to become a part of the Atletico Ottawa family, and have the opportunity to live in such a beautiful country,” said Zabal. “I hope my experience coming from Spain can help our club be successful and grow the game here in Ottawa.”
Zabal is the thirteenth player to officially join Atlético Ottawa, joining previous signings Ben Fisk, Antoine Coupland, Malyk Hamilton, Ajay Khabra, Michel Djaozandry, Ricky Gomes, Kunle Dada-Luke, Brandon John, Vashon Neufville, Tevin Shaw, Francisco Acuña and Bernardinho.
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Full Name: Nacho Zabal
Birth Date: February 14, 1987
Last Club: CD Calahorra