Welcome to the Canadian Premier League, Ottawa.
The CPL formally brought the city of Ottawa into the fold on Tuesday, announcing the team name of the league’s first expansion franchise as Atlético Ottawa, while also unveiling the club’s first head coach and our Hornets kids attended this historic moment.
Owned by La Liga outfit Club Atlético de Madrid, the new Ottawa team’s official colours are red and white and blue, and its crest is also similar to Club Atlético de Madrid’s, featuring red and white stripes, a silhouette of Peace Tower on Parliament Hill, and the Canadian Maple Leaf.
Former Spanish national team member and Valencia star Mista, who once played for Toronto FC in Major League Soccer, was announced as Atlético Ottawa’s first head coach. Club Atlético de Madrid’s Fernando López will oversee operations for Atlético Ottawa, with local business leader Jeff Hunt serving as a strategic partner.
Tuesday afternoon’s unveiling took place during a special event at TD Place Stadium (where Atlético Ottawa will play its home games) with CPL commissioner David Clanachan making the announcement before a large gathering of local soccer fans.
“This for me is a momentous day, one that I’ll never forget,” Clanachan told the crowd. “We wouldn’t be a truly Canadian league unless we had a team here in Ottawa… I can’t think of anything else to say but thank you to Atletico Madrid. Ottawa has won the lottery today.”
Also in attendance for Tuesday’s festivities in Ottawa were Atlético de Madrid CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín, Ottawa Mayor Jim Watson, and Enrique Ruiz Molero, Ambassador of Spain to Canada.
Asked why Atlético Madrid decided to invest in a club in Canada, Gil Marin simply answered: “Because your country is amazing.”
Earlier in the day, Mayor Watson officially declared Tuesday as Atlético Ottawa Day during a ceremony at Ottawa City Hall.
For more information go to https://atleticoottawa.canpl.ca