Pro soccer back in Ottawa

TREVOR BUNKE, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:26 PM ET

These are exciting times for Neil Malhotra — the owner and president of Capital City FC, the newest entry in the Canadian Soccer League.

It’s taken nearly a year, but Malhotra’s efforts have paid off.

“We started talking (to the CSL about an expansion team) last summer, through the fall and winter and here we are,” said Malhotra. “When we launched, we wanted to have lots of information ready, the website ready to go. I’m excited to get going.”

And with that, pro soccer will make its return to Ottawa in May as the CSL announced Thursday that Capital City FC will become its 14th team.

The 34-year-old Malhotra, a vice-president with Claridge Homes, described the CSL as a semi-pro, Division 3-calibre league.

Malhotra also announced that Shaun Harris will be the team’s first coach.

“Shaun brings first-class credentials and experience to Capital City FC,” Malhotra said of Harris, who has been part of coaching staffs with the Los Angeles Galaxy of the MLS and with Everton in the UK.

Capital City will play its 13 home games this season at Terry Fox Athletic Facility, which has about 1,000 seats. The club will hold open tryouts on March 26-27, but players must register at capitalcityfc.com to be considered.

“We are hoping to be impressed,” said Malhotra, who also announced that Ottawa South United will be Capital City’s youth club partner.

Malhotra said the team hopes to announce some player signings in the next few weeks.

The CSL’s other 13 teams are the Brampton City United, Brantford Galaxy, London City, Montreal Impact Academy, North York Astros, SC Toronto, Serbian White Eagles, St. Catharines Wolves, TFC Academy, Toronto Croatia, York Region Shooters, Mississauga Eagles FC and Windsor Stars. Mississauga and Windsor are also expansion teams.


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