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Atletico Ottawa Zach Verhoven

CPL Original Zach Verhoven Departs Atletico Ottawa

By on March 14, 2024 0 790 Views

While Atletico Ottawa had just just listed Zach Verhoven as being as under contract negotiations for their preseason camp, the club has now confirmed that it will part ways with the winger.

The two parties had been in active negotiations since the expiry of his contract following his third season with Ottawa in 2023, but player and club have now mutually parted ways after they couldn’t come to terms at the table.

The winger had joined from Pacific back in 2021, leaving Ottawa with nearly 100 professional career appearances to his name. He made 23 appearances across all competitions for Ottletti last year, though none of them call as a full ninety.

The Surrey native collected seven goals and eight assists while in the nation’s capital, suiting up for Carlos Gonzalez and former head coach Mista some 65 times. Perhaps his biggest goal came in the 2022 playoff semi-final against his former club Pacific, with Ottawa going on to reach its first-ever CPL Final.

“Zach is a special player,” head coach Carlos Gonzalez said to OneSoccer two season ago. “He’s the star in certain moments. He’s a player that can move the game, that can create different things in a moment that the game is a little bit balanced. He’s doing a great job from the bench, he’s impacting the game every time he plays.”

Verhoven’s first steps into the Canadian Premier League came by way of the 2019 CPL-U SPORTS Draft, with the winger being added to the club’s roster on the same day as its first-ever Canadian Premier League game in April 2019.

He made 31 appearances for the Tridents before requesting a move to the nation’s capital, with his next steps remaining unknown.

The club is still in negotiations with club original Malcolm Shaw and defender Zachary Roy, with preseason camp in Mexico now underway.

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