Ottawa Captain Carl Haworth Will Retire At End Of Season
Atletico Ottawa Captain Carl Haworth will be hanging up his boots at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old has been a huge presence in the nation’s capital, where he began his professional career with the Ottawa Fury and now ends it with Atletico Ottawa.
The versatile professional – who’s played both as right-back, right-winger, and a forward throughout his career – had joined Atletico Ottawa last season, helping the side to a pivotal worst-to-first transformation.
He’s now gone one to feature in 41 matches for Atletico Ottawa thus far, with only a handful left to come before his playing days are behind him.
His second stint in the nation’s capital has seen him contribute three goals and nine assists, with Haworth being handed the captain’s armband for what will now become his final season.
His first stint came as he took his first professional steps with the Ottawa Fury in 2013, proving to be a key player for the team in both its NASL and USL eras. He was the only athlete to play for the club for its entire existence, making 169 appearances for the Fury and bagging a ten-goal, nine-assist campaign in the final year of the club’s operation.
Following two seasons with Indy Eleven, Haworth’s return to Ottawa would see him help a young club with plenty of green faces find its footing in the Canadian Premier League.
While Haworth has posted three goals and five assists in 14 league appearances this season, he’s seen himself sidelined for 11 matches and has confirmed that a persistent knee injury has pushed the timeline on his retirement.
“I’ve been managing it, but over time it’s become challenging, physically and mentally. Going into the season, I thought this might be my last one, and making this announcement felt like the right thing to do as we head into our final home match of the regular season, and to get to share this moment with the soccer community in the city,” said the veteran.
Club President Fernando Lopez describes Carl as a true leader both on and off the field who embodies the value and spirit of the organization. The Ottawa familiar is deeply involved with the local sporting community, and also works with the Gloucester Hornets youth soccer club to help the next generation of footballers.
Haworth had also enjoyed one cap for the Canadian men’s national team, featuring in a friendly match against South Korea in 2016.
His veteran presence is sure to be a big miss for Atletico Ottawa, especially after their previous captain retired in 2022.
Atletico Ottawa will honour their outbound captain in a pre-game ceremony this Sunday, celebrating his career and allowing the veteran to bid farewell to fans at TD place. This will be the club’s last home match of the regular season, and with playoff seeding still uncertain, it seems a good time to say goodbye.
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