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Kris Twardek Comes Home, Signs With Atletico Ottawa

By on January 30, 2024 0 1127 Views

It’s a reunion that has been a lifetime in the waiting.

Canadian Premier League side Atletico Ottawa has announced the signing of Kris Twardek, who returns to the nation’s capital after as a seasoned and versatile winger in the prime of his career.

“I always wanted to come home and play in front of my Mom, Dad, siblings, and friends that I grew up with. It doesn’t get better than that really,” says Twardek. “It feels amazing to be here. It’s a blessing, to be able to play in a beautiful stadium, with a passionate and growing fanbase.”

The 26-year-old winger comes home after leaving Irish side Bohemians FC by mutual consent, now signing a two-year deal with Ottawa which includes an option for 2026.

While born in Toronto, Twardek was raised raised in Ottawa – in Kinburn, specifically – but had played all of his professional club football abroad until this point.

Twardek – who featured for once for the Canadian national team – began his career at the academy level with Millwall FC. Eventually earning a pro deal with the senior side, he failed to break through in the Championship and underwent loans to Braintree Town and Carlisle United before moving to Ireland in mid-2018, where he signed with Sligo Rovers.

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He would stay on with Sligo for the next one-and-a-half seasons, departing in 2019 despite picking up two of the club’s player of the month nods that year. It was then that he joined Dublin-based side Bohemians ahead of the 2020 season, after which he joined Polish top flight side Jagiellonia Bialystok, with a season-long stint with Slovakian first division side FK Senica preceding his return to Bohemians ahead of the 2022 League of Ireland season.

His last season with the club saw him tally two goals and three assists after 24 appearances split between both the left and right flank, with Bohemian FC reaching the FAI Cup final before losing to David Norman Jr’s St. Patrick’s Athletic.

Bohemian FC Kris Twardek
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His sole national team appearance saw him come off the bench against El Salvador in a 1-0 loss back in 2017. His father holds a Czech passport, with Twardek’s youth career seeing him feature for the Czech Republic from the U-17 to U-19 levels before jumping to the Canadian youth ranks ahead of his sole senior team cap.

The dream to represent his country began close to home, with Twardek finding his footing with Ottawa South United at the youth level before scouting interesting took him abroad. Now he’s back home and ready to represent the red-and-white, however.

“Kris embodies the essence of a powerful athlete, entering the league in his prime and poised to make a significant impact on the field,” said Club President Fernando Lopez. “Off the field, Kris has a deep-rooted connection to the local community and has a strong family focus. We believe in players who not only excel on the pitch but also carry the spirit of our community in their hearts.”

The lure to come home has been a boon for Atletico Ottawa this offseason, with standout youngster Matteo de Brienne coming in from Valour and star winger Ballou Tabla returning after a year spent in Turkey.

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