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Is Manny Aparicio Set For Atletico Ottawa?

By on March 19, 2024 0 1538 Views

A six-year-old Atletico San Luis fan has inadvertently leaked what may be the Canadian Premier League’s biggest free transfer of the year.

A photograph of Canadian midfielder Manny Aparicio in Ottleti garb is turning heads, revealing that one of the league’s most valuable talents is currently with the capital city team in Mexico. He becomes the third player to be spotted at a club outing following big defender Amer Didic and Toronto FC’s Luke Singh.

Pacific FC Manny Aparicio 2023
Photo Credit: Canadian Premier League

Aparicio has been the most sought-after free agent in the league following his departure from Pacific, with multiple CPL sides – including former club York United – showing serious interest as the offseason progressed. A trusted source had informed us that Atletico Ottawa tabled a substantial offer to Manny Aparicio before the new year that, when including player accommodations, could take shape as a record salary for the league – though it’s unclear what has been signed off on, if anything.

The last five seasons have seen Aparicio firmly establish himself as one of the most potent attacking midfielders available in the Canadian Premier League: he had captained York United in the league’s first two seasons prior to being scooped up by Pacific as a free agent. He sprang into action out west, doing wonders to help the Tridents establish the club’s now-trademark attacking identity.

Pacific FC Manny Aparicio 2023
Photo Credit: John Jacques

The 28-year-old midfielder scored ten goals for the Tridents throughout 78 appearances, with the tireless box-to-box midfielder proving fruitful in big moments: not only did he score a last-gasp dagger to silence Vancouver FC in their first derby meeting, but he also scored for the side to help knock out MLS visitors Vancouver Whitecaps back in 2021 in a season that would see them finish with the North Star Shield.

Last season saw Manny Aparicio earn a spot in the CPL Best Eleven and a Player of the Year nominee, with his feiry performances having seen him finish second-highest in the league for winning possessions in the final third, finishing the season with four goals and five assists to his name.

Aparicio started his career with Toronto FC, signing for the first team after turning heads with the TFC Academy. He went abroad after having only feature on loan for Wilmington Hammerheads and TFC 2, spending the next few years in the Spanish lower leagues with SD Ordenes, CD Izarra, and San Roque de Lepe before coming home upon the launch of the Canadian Premier League.

While Atletico Ottawa states that it does not comment on transfer activity whether the club is involved or not, the photograph itself is clear: after months of silence regarding Manny Aparicio’s next steps, it certainly looks like Atletico Ottawa are the most likely side to sign him up if they haven’t already, barring any European surprises.

The club is enjoying what may be one of the strongest CPL offseasons ever seen, bringing in talents like Ballou Tabla, Matteo de Brienne, and Rayane Yesli (amongst others) while retaining most of its star athletes. With Amer Didic, Luke Singh, and Manny Aparicio all potentially inbound, Atletico Ottawa could be filling the salary cap to the brim in an effort to return to its title contender status.

To that end, the club announced the retirement of Karl Ouimette yesterday, with Jonathan Grant being placed on the inactive list following a knee injury – two items that clear up cap space for a club that is making big moves.

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