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Atletico Ottawa Bids Farewell To Appearance Leader Miguel Acosta

By on January 18, 2024 0 908 Views

Atletico Ottawa is bidding farewell to the club’s all-time appearance leader in Miguel Acosta.

The Spanish full-back has represented the red-and-white no less than 85 times across all competitions, solidifying himself as a key presence on the backline through the tenures of both Mista and Carlos Gonzalez.

The 25-year-old had arrived from Atletico Baleares three seasons ago, turning heads with his quick runs down the flank and a tireless engine that saw him defend the flank with gusto. Acosta also tallied four goals and six assists over his three seasons in the capital, donning the armband on several occasions last year.

Acosta was heading in to an option year with Atletico Ottawa, who have made the decision to go separate ways from their all-time appearance leader.

“We want to extend our gratitude to Miguel Acosta for his invaluable contributions to Atletico Ottawa,” said club CEO Fernando Lopez.

York United Mo Babouli and Atletico Ottawa Miguel Acosta
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“From the moment he joined us, Miguel became an integral part of our team, leaving an indelible mark as our all-time record appearance holder. His commitment, dedication, and passion for the game have been truly commendable, reflecting the values we hold dear at Atletico.”

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Acosta had progressed through the Atletico Madrid youth academy to feature for the reserves in 2017, with the Spaniard then suiting up for Getafe CF’s B team and third division side Atletico Baleares after that.

Acosta stated that he’d like his adventure in the nation’s capital to last longer, suggesting he was keen to extend his stay at TD Place, having posted an emotional farewell online.

Cavalry FC Charlie Trafford Miguel Acosta
Photo Credit: Matt Zambonin

“It’s always difficult to say goodbye to a player who has become such an integral part of our family. We wish Miguel the very best in his future endeavours, confident that his talent and professionalism will continue to be on display wherever his career takes him,” continued Lopez.

“Thank you, Miguel, for everything you’ve given to Atletico Ottawa – you will always be a part of our rich history.”

League rules stipulate that 50% of the club’s international roster spots must go to U-23 players. At press time, Alberto Zapater and Ollie Bassett occupy international slots above that age group, with the club selling Gianni Dos Santos to Inter Kashi.

By now the club will have also made its option decisions on the likes of Zachary Roy, Zachary Verhoven, and Malcolm Shaw as well, though no public announcement has been made thus far.

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