May 20, 2024
  • May 20, 2024
Atletico Ottawa Luca Piccioli

Carleton Ravens Standout Luca Piciolli Makes Move To Atletico Ottawa

By on April 18, 2024 0 712 Views

Carleton Ravens midfielder Luca Piccioli will have an opportunity to impress in Canada’s top flight.

Atletico Ottawa has signed first round draft pick Luca Piccioli to a U SPORTS contract, meaning the Ravens standout will be representing the red-and-white through to the fall. He makes history as the first Carleton player to earn a U SPORTS contract with Ottleti.

Piccioli arrives to said professional heights after leading the Ravens to an OUA title last year, with the central midfielder showcasing a good technical ability throughout the U SPORTS season.

The playoffs saw Piccioli lead the way with three goals and one assist, earning him Ravens Male Graduating Athlete of the Year honours. He was the first men’s soccer team member to claim the award since Gabriel Bitar in 2018.

The midfielder is no stranger to the Ottleti camp, having trained with the first team previously through the club’s Atletico Madrid development program.

“Luca is ‘one of our own’ as the fans say,” says Atletico Ottawa President Fernando Lopez, who notes that the midfielder is the fifth local player on the roster rankings, though that wasn’t the primary motivation for the club to sign him.

“Throughout preseason Luca has demonstrated the qualities we need in a player, both on the pitch and in the locker room. We have a great relationship with Carleton University and I hope that this is just the start of talented Ravens finding their path to professional soccer in Ottawa.”

Piccioli, who was born in the nation’s capital and grew up in the Barrhaven suburb, had spent five years journeying through the CF Montreal Academy system before being recruited for the Ravens by head coach Kewsi Lonely, where he played alongside Matteo de Brienne.

“This means the world to me,” adds Piccioli himself. “Not having a professional team here when I was growing up, to seeing the Canadian Premier League and Atletico Ottawa founded in my hometown, it’s incredible.”

While arriving on a U SPORTS deal, the 24-year-old will obviously not count towards any domestic U-21 minutes. The capital city club was the only side not to record any domestic U-21 minutes from the opening weekend, where the team recorded a dramatic 2-1 comeback over visiting York United.

Youngsters Gabriel Antinoro, Try Walker, and Zachary Roy all rode the bench for the match, but went unused by Carlos Gonzalez.

“I can’t express how proud I am to be part of this journey. Having this pathway to professionalism will continue to attract people to play the sport, and it’ll increase the love of the game as well. All players dream big, dream of a move abroad, but getting this chance to play here, in my city, with my friends and family beside me is incredible and an opportunity for the career I’ve always wanted.”

The club’s newest recruit could make his Canadian Premier League debut this Saturday when Cavalry FC – the reigning regular season champions – come to town.

Leave a comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *