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Atletico Ottawa Karl Ouimette

Karl Ouimette Retires, Joins Atletico Ottawa Front Office

By on March 18, 2024 0 886 Views

Atletico Ottawa defender Karl Ouimette is hanging up his boots at the age of 31.

The veteran had been a regular feature for Otteti following his arrival from Indy Eleven last season, making 28 appearances across all competitions before today’s transition to a front office role.

The Quebecois defender will step into a new role as Atletico Ottawa’s Business Development Executive, working closely with Drew Beckie to to develop the club and garner new soccer business opportunities for it, too.

The defender had been on a guaranteed contract for 2024, but has opted to hang up his boots early in order to take the front office opportunity. A strong focus will go to building more soccer alliances in Karl’s home province of Quebec, where the CPL has yet to launch a club.

Atletico Ottawa Karl Ouimette
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

The move lends a surprising level of credence to a mysterious tweet that came out of nowhere from a newly-created Twitter account last week. The account predicted not only Ouimette’s retirement, but Luke Singh’s now-much-expected loan.

That account also said Amer Didic had come to terms with the side. While he hasn’t for now, today it came to light that Amer is certainly training with them. It also mentioned Manny Aparicio being destined for the club, and while Manny’s next steps aren’t clear, sources have told us the midfielder had received a big offer from the capital club before the turn of the new year.

Atletico Ottawa has also announced that former captain Drew Beckie has been promoted from Team Manager to Director of Development and Player Engagement, which will bring additional focus to the developmental pathway to maximize on local talent.

Canada Karl Ouimette
Photo Credit: Canada Soccer

Ouimette began his career with the Trois-Rivieres Attak before making history as CF Montreal’s first academy-to-first-team player signing. He’d remain with the MLS side for three more seasons, etching himself into more history books by scoring the goal which sent CF Montreal into its first postseason.

He wound up with the New York Red Bulls after being waived by CF Montreal in 2015, but found minutes there harder to come by. Loans to New York Red Bulls II and the Jacksonville Armada followed, with Ouimette then helping the San Francisco Deltas to an NASL title before the club’s closure.

He went on to make 100 league appearances for Indy Eleven and wrapped up his time there with a loan to Detroit City in 2022, with his time in Ottawa seeing a fruitful career finish with some 253 club appearances, and 18 for the Canadian men’s national team.

Header Image Photo Credit: James Bennett / Halifax Wanderers

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