Atletico Ottawa End-of-Season Roster Update

Atlético Ottawa today announced the contract status of the club’s current roster, following the conclusion of the 2023 Canadian Premier League season.

Nine (9) players from the club’s 2023 roster have guaranteed contracts for the 2024 season: defenders Karl Ouimette and Aboubakary Sacko; midfielders Gabriel Antinoro, Ollie Bassett and Noah Verhoeven; and forwards Rubén del Campo, Gianni Dos Santos and Samuel Salter. An option for 2024 on Alberto Zapater’s contract was automatically triggered after an appearance clause was  met.

Atlético has until Dec. 31, 2023 to trigger club options for 2024 on four (4) players: defenders Miguel Acosta, Zachary Roy and forwards Zachary Verhoven and Malcolm Shaw.

Contracts for Carl Haworth, who retired from playing following the 2023 season, Nathan Ingham, Sean Melvin, MacDonald Niba and Maxim Tissot expire at the end of the year.

Loan spells for Jean-Aniel Assi (CF Montréal), Ilias Iliadis (CF Montréal), Diego Espejo (Atlético de Madrid) and Luke Singh (Toronto FC) have ended.

Atlético has retained the U Sports rights for local defender Tyr Walker, who signed a U SPORTS contract in April, while the development permit for midfield Omar Darwish has expired. Darwish is eligible for a U SPORTS contract in 2024.

After ensuring Carlos González and his coaching staff would return for the 2024 season , the Club started active conversations with players under contract and players whose contract will expire at the end of the year.The club is currently in negotiations with some of these players  and  expects to have more clarity on each situation soon, while also engaging with new promising prospects that have been identified. Further roster updates will be provided in the coming weeks.

“We would like to thank everyone who played a part in the 2023 season for their efforts,” said Fernando López, CEO, Atlético Ottawa. “Now is the time to reassess our areas of strength and areas of need, to ensure we put a team on the field next season that will compete to achieve our goals. To keep growing we need stability, and to have stability we need results. In 2024 we are looking forward to having both.”

Season Seat Memberships for the 2024 Canadian Premier League season at TD Place are on sale now, offering Atlético Ottawa fans the best value for their money, a place in the Atleti Family as well as fantastic perks and exclusives to be discovered throughout the season. Details can be found HERE.

Atlético Ottawa’s 2024 Roster, as of Nov. 21, 2023: 

Goalkeepers: N/A

Defenders: Karl Ouimette and Aboubakary Sacko

Midfielders: Gabriel Antinoro, Ollie Bassett, Noah Verhoeven and Alberto Zapater

Forwards: Rubén del Campo, Gianni Dos Santos and Samuel Salter