With the first week of Training Camp largely focusing on laying down the foundation of the team’s identity and tactical principles, the second week’s objective is applying those ideologies.
A lot of the training sessions have consisted of identifying when is the correct time to press, counter attack in transition or hold onto possession of the ball to build up the attack. The team also welcomed Atlético Ottawa’s newest player signing Aboubakary Sacko to the team.
On March 8, the team played their first friendly match against UD San Sebastián de los Reyes, a Spanish club that plays in the Primera Fediración division. For the team, the match was a measuring stick to see where the squad is currently at and an opportunity further consolidate what they have been working on in Training Camp. The match opened up with an early goal by Malcolm Shaw, assisted by Ollie Bassett. Later on, Atlético Ottawa fell behind 2-1 after UD San Sebastián de los Reyes managed to capitalize on some costly mistakes. Despite these struggles, the team found a way to tie it up late the game 2-2 when Tyr Walker scored after a couple of bounces from a corner kick. Thanks to Tyr’s goal, the match ended in a 2-2 draw.
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