Force Academy Alumni: National Teams and Professional Players

Ottawa South United is proud of our thriving alumni players who have gone on to make a name for themselves in the game of soccer.

Kris Twardek was a part of a standout 1997 Academy team for OSU, whichsaw three players move on to professional careers. Twardek signed his first professional contract in February of 2015, with the Millwall Lions FC. He spent a year and a half with Millwall's Academy, and most recently has played games for the U21 Squad. In 2013, he represented Czech Republic, in the 2014 UEFA European Under-17 Championships. He helped the team finish with 2 wins, and 1 loss in the qualifying round playing a total of 139 minutes. In the Elite Round, he played a total of 47 minutes, and the team finished with a 1 win, and 1 loss record. He currently is putting in the time and effort at Millwall FC, to gain a spot on the Millwall FC squad.

Isabella Hanisch joined OSU at U8 and remained with us until U16, when she was officially invited to join the Canadian National REX Program in Toronto. She has featured for Canada in the U15 CONCACAF Regional Championships, as well as representing Canada at the U17 level in China.

Ndzemdzela "Zoom" Langwa was apart of OSU from U9-U15. He was part of the U-17 Men's National Team at the Montaigu Tournament in France in 2014, making four appearances. He joined the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency Program in August 2015. In 2017 he joined Italian Serie C club, U.S Triestina Calcio, and is currently on loan at U.S Palmese. He credits OSU Coach Dave Barbier as the person who had the most influence on his soccer development. 

Jonathan Viscosi played with OSU from 2004-2009. He went on to play two seasons (2009&2010) at Rio Grande University (Ohio) where in 2010, he received a NAIA MSC All-Conference First team nomination, and was a MSC Conference Tournament Champion. In 2011, he moved to the University of Buffalo for two seasons, where he was a team captain for his Junior & Senior season. In 2011, and 2012, he was the Mid-America Conference save leader with 79 saves, finishing with 7 clean sheets in two seasons at Buffalo University. In 2013, he was apart of Team Canada at the FISU World University Games in Russia, and later, signed with Tiverton Town in Southwest England to begin his soccer journey in England. 
He has since played for Chester F.C, Southport FC, Oskarshamns AIK in Sweden and in January 2017, he joined TPS in the Finnish national league. 

Dario Conte is the third member of the 1997 OSU Academy team to join a professional club. He joined friend, and fellow OSU teammate Vana, playing with the Vancouver Whitecaps organization. He Joined Ottawa Fury F.C for the 2015-16 NASL season, making his debut against Rayo OKC as a substitute for Captain Julian de Guzman. In 2015 he was selected to the Canadian Men's National U-20 Team Camp in Montreal from September 18th-20th for a weekend camp.

Kayza Massey joined OSU from The Gloucester Hornets at U14 and quickly found success as part of our OPDL Program. She was scouted by the Ghananian National Team, and amazingly went on to the U17 Women's World Cup with them - defeating The United States along the way. Kayza's talents have been recognized by the Canadian National Team program, where she is a member of their SuperREX Program in Toronto. 

Matteo de Brienne is a great example of a homegrown talent, who began playing with our club in U6 developmental. He quickly went into our competitive stream and was a feared player for his tenacity, work-rate and goal-scoring ability. Matteo also joined the Vancouver Whitecaps USSDA Academy Team and Residency Program, in 2016.

Keenan Foley joined OSU at U14 and became a key contributor to the highly successful 2000 Boys Force Black team. He went on to join the Vancouver Whitecaps prior to his U17 season, and continues to be part of their USSDA Academy - Residency Program.

Abdulaye Samake joined OSU from Gloucester Hornets as part of our 1996 Boys provincial OYSL Team. Abdou quickly excelled within the Force Academy and went on to join the Montreal Impact Academy, staying with them until U18. From there, Abdou has gone on to join the University of Michican Wolverines.

Daniel Assaf joined OSU at U9 and stayed with us until U15, where he moved to the Toronto F.C. Academy.  During this time he has also been part of Canadian National Identification camps, along with representing Toronto F.C. in Italy and France.

 

Antonio Carlini joined OSU at U12 and stayed with us until U15, where he moved to the Toronto F.C. Academy.  During this time he has also been part of Canadian National Identification camps, along with representing Toronto F.C. in Italy and France.

Mehdi Essoussi joined OSU at U9 and stayed with us until U15, where he moved to the Toronto F.C. Academy.  During this time he has also been part of Canadian National Identification camps, along with representing Toronto F.C. in Italy and France.
Emily Amano joined OSU at U9 and stayed with us until U17, where she then moved on to the Canadian National REX Program in Toronto. During her time with us, she helped OSU win the U13 Girls Ontario Cup along with representing Ontario at the Canada Summer Games.

Jaeden Mercure joined OSU at U8 as a homegrown talent. He was quickly identifed for his agility, quickness and dribbling ability. Jaeden was scouted as part of the club's affiliation with the Vancouver Whitecaps, and joined their USSDA Academy Teams and Residency Program in 2017.

Vana Markarian was another member of the 1997 OSU Academy team, alongside Kris Twardek. In 2014 Vana joined the Vancouver Whitecaps FC where he captained the academy team and also represented the Ontario Provincial team and Canadian U-16 National team. In 2014, he was called up to the first Canadian U-20 team, under a new head coach. In 2013, he was apart of Ontario Provincial U-16 team, and took home a gold medal in the national all-star championships. Vana is currently playing for Columbia University men's soccer team. 

Robbie Murphy played with OSU from 2008-2009.
Leaving OSU, he played for the University of Guelph for 5 seasons from 2009-10 to 2013-14, where he became the Guelph Gryphons all time leading scorer. In his first season at Guelph, he registered 5 goals, in 12 games on route to being named the OUA West Division, as well as the CIS Rookie of the year. He finished his career at Guelph University racking up 44 goals, on 123 shots, and playing 60 games (22 starts). He was a 4-time all star, and 2011-12 OUA MVP as well as the CIS Player of the year.

Jeff Addai, has followed closely in his older brother’s footsteps as he has also signed pro in 2015 with the Ottawa Fury FC. He also had fully developed within OSU from U12-U18. He has played four years of NCAA
soccer with Spring Arbor and South Carolina universities, as well as PDL with the Michigan Bucks. 
Jeff was a part of the Fury’s first ever playoff run this season. He had the exciting opportunity to play in the North American Soccer League championship in November 2015, against one of the most recognized pro soccer brands in North America, the New York Cosmos. He has since joined VfR Mannheim in Germany.

Godwin Addai has developed fully within OSU from U14-U18. Before signing pro with the Hawke’s Bay United football club in New Zealand, he had previously played centre midfield for Llagostera B (Spain) and Lansing United (U.S.A). Godwin was once named to the All-Conference Team during his time in the NAIA League (U.S.A). He has personally said that his toughest opponent faced in his career is his very own brother, Jeff Addai.

   

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