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Fernando Lopez, CEO and GM of Atlético Ottawa, leaves club

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Atlético Ottawa CEO and general manager Fernando López has stepped down from his duties with the Canadian Premier League club. 

In the interim, Atlético Ottawa’s business operations will be spearheaded by chief operating officer Jon Sinden and the football operations will be led by JD Ulanowski, alongside head coach Carlos González. 

Since arriving in advance of the club’s inception in 2020, Lopez played a pivotal role in establishing Atlético Ottawa, both on and off the field. López instituted the “Atleti Way” and built a professional soccer club from the ground up, growing the club in all key categories, year over year.  

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López moved from Spain to live in Canada five years ago. The team was the league 2022 regular-season champion and hosted the CPL final in front of a record-setting 15,000 fans.

“I am honoured to have played a small part in the history of Atlético Ottawa and I will be forever grateful for the support and love I have received over all these years from all our players, coaches, staff and fans,” Lopez said in a statement. “I leave knowing the club is in the best possible place. We are top of the CPL table and unbeaten and in the hands of a great group of talented players and coaches and an amazing front office team. A piece of me will always remain in Ottawa, and trust from this day, I will be your biggest supporter.”

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