The Canadian Premier League today announced today they have awarded the first CPL expansion team in Ottawa, Ontario. The news comes shortly after the Ottawa Fury of the USL dissolved in November 2019.
The new club will begin play in April 2020 at TD Place in Ottawa. The expansion bid was led by Club Atlético de Madrid. One of the most prominent brands in the global soccer market, Atletico is one of the giants of Europe while competing in one of the game’s best competitions, La Liga.
“We are thrilled to welcome Ottawa as the Canadian Premier League’s 8th Club and Club Atlético de Madrid as our newest owners of the Ottawa club,” said Commissioner David Clanachan. “We are very excited to launch the club with one of the world’s most iconic and successful soccer brands and look forward to them taking to the pitch for the 2020 CPL season.”
Jeff Hunt, a strategical partner, along with Club Atlético de Madrid’s ownership and CPL Commissioner, David Clanachan will be in Ottawa at a public unveiling event to be held at TD Place on February 12.
“We are delighted to be part of such an exciting project in an amazing country. We would like to bring our expertise to a very strong and structured league and will work together with the CPL and the rest of the clubs to contribute to the growth of Canadian soccer. We want Ottawa soccer fans to be able to feel proud of belonging to the Atlético de Madrid family so we can start sharing our values with them,” said Atlético de Madrid´s CEO Miguel Ángel Gil Marín.
The 2020 Canadian Premier League schedule hasn’t been announced yet, but with the announcement of the new expansion team that will likely drop very soon.
Source: Canadian Premier League