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Spotted: Amer Didic Is Training With Atletico Ottawa

By on March 18, 2024 0 1531 Views

One of the Canadian Premier League’s top defenders – and perhaps one of the biggest domestic free agents still on the market – is training with Atletico Ottawa.

Amer Didic was spotted on a team trip taking in a match yesterday, with the photograph revealing that both he and Toronto FC’s Luke Singh are training with the CPL side during its preseason camp in Mexico.

The defender had left Pacific at the end of the 2023 CPL season and had been expected to join Norwegian top flight side Odds BK. With that deal having fallen through, he’s now training with Atletico Ottawa while sorting out his next steps.

“Atletico Ottawa provides no comment regarding transfer activity, whether the club is involved or not,” came the formal response from the club itself.

Sources indicated that a move to Norway is still Didic’s top priority. While there have been early negotiations with Atletico Ottawa – who had tried to sign him as he initially left Pacific – there’s still quite some distance to go before he puts pen to paper on anything in Canada’s top flight.

In the interim, training with Atletico Ottawa in Mexico is a solid fit for both parties.

The six-foot-three centre-back Amer Didic had tallied 63 appearances for Pacific over the last two seasons, earning a defender of the year nomination during his debut Tridents campaign.

The Zenica-born defender isn’t just a leader at the back, having also proven to be a big threat up top on set pieces. He scored eight goals for the Tridents, four of which came last year.

Pacific FC Amer Didic
Photo Credit: Sheldon Mack / Pacific FC

Prior to Pacific, Didic was a stalwart servant for hometown club FC Edmonton through the first three Canadian Premier League seasons. He made 48 appearances as a regular starter under both Jeff Paulus and Alan Koch, growing to cement himself as a no-nonsense defender with a commanding presence on the pitch.

The twice-capped Canadian international had also played for both Swope Park Rangers and San Antonio FC before coming home during the launch of the Canadian Premier League.

That means that Atletico Ottawa currently has a number of unsigned players training with the team: Amer Didic and Luke Singh represent potentially key defensive additions, while CF Montreal youth standout Loic Cloutier and Luca Piccioli were confirmed to be in attendance as trialists.

It’s been a tantalizing offseason for Atletico Ottawa fans so far, with the club securing a number of sizable additions in the likes of Matteo de Brienne, Kris Twardek, Aboubacar Sissoko, and Ballou Tabla, amongst others.

The club remains in contract negotiations with Malcolm Shaw and Zachary Roy as well.

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