Atletico makes English defender Vashon Neufville its first international signing

The new Canadian Premier League franchise makes the 20-year-old its first international signing.

Ottawa Atletico is a first-year franchise in the Canadian Premier League.

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Ottawa Atletico of the Canadian Premier League on Tuesday announced English defender Vashon Neufville as its first international signing.

Neufville joined West Ham United at the U14 level from Chelsea, signing his first professional contract at age 17, and he was a member of the West Ham youth team that won the U21 Premier League Cup. In 2019, Neufville moved on loan to Newport County, where he made his professional debut in an FA Cup third-round match, a 2–1 win against Leicester City.

“He is a very disciplined player with a defensive/offensive profile that will cover long spaces close to the sidelines,” Atletico CEO Fernando Lopez said. “He is talented at crossing balls, beating other players one versus one, playing defence, and I’m sure it won’t be strange for us seeing him supporting the attack and scoring goals.”

Neufville, 20, is the ninth player to officially join Atletico. Previous signings included Ben Fisk, Antoine Coupland, Malyk Hamilton, Ajay Khabra, Michel Djaozardy Ricky Gomes, Kunle Dada-Luke and Brandon John.

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