Tissot Extends Stay With Atletico Ottawa
Veteran defender Maxim Tissot has signed a contract extension with Atletico Ottawa that will see him remain in the nation’s capital for a third straight season.
Tissot has accumulated 47 appearances for the capital city club across all competitions, rallying six goals and four assist since arriving from Forge FC back in 2022. A leadership figure both on and off the pitch, he’ll prove a big voice as the club aims to bounce back to playoff-clinching form next season.
“Extending with Atletico Ottawa means the world to me,” said the veteran following the news. “As a local player, I carry immense pride in representing my hometown on the pitch. Last season had its challenges, but I’m determined to right those wrongs and contribute to our success in 2024.”
The veteran left-back had made sixteen appearances this year, contributing three goals which all came against playoff-bound teams. Atletico Ottawa missed out on the postseason this year, however, marking a steep drop in club form from their regular season championship last year.
Even before first signing with Atletico Ottawa, the defender was no stranger to Ottawa: following his first steps into the professional ranks with CF Montreal – where he won two Canadian Championship titles – Tissot signed with Ottawa Fury for his first of two stints with them, separated by spells with DC United and the NASL-winning San Francisco Deltas squad in 2017.
Suffice to say, the veteran has seen and done aplenty in a career that also saw him represent Canada no less than thirteen times on the national stage, with the left-back suiting up against the likes of football heavyweights like Scotland, Morocco, and South Korea years ago.
For Tissot, that experience is a vital tool to helping the Gatineau-brown footballer grow the game back home:
“Being a leader is not just about the game; it’s about inspiring the next generation. I want to be a strong role model, not only within the squad but also for aspiring youth players in our region. There is nowhere else I want to continue my career but here, in Ottawa. Excited for the journey ahead.”
While it’s unclear if the francophone defender may don the armband in 2024, the club will need to lean further on its veterans following the retirement of Carl Haworth, who himself had stepped up to the mantle following the retirement of Drew Beckie a season prior.
“We are thrilled to secure Maxim Tissot’s contract extension with Atletico Ottawa,” added club CEO Fernando Lopez. “His leadership in the locker room and his experience on the field were crucial elements in our journey to clinch the club’s first title in 2022.”
“Max not only brings exceptional talent to the field but also a deep connection to our local community and deepens our connection with the local francophone community as well. We are very excited to continue building on our success and Max will be a key cornerstone in making that a reality.”
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