Ottawa Fury FC added to its Canadian content yesterday when the club signed defender Andres Fresenga of Canada’s National U23 team to a one-year contract pending international transfer.
Fresenga, who was a recent call up to the Canadian National Team, spent the last seven years playing in Uruguay. His most recent side was First Division side Racing Club de Montevideo
“I can’t wait for the season to start and take on this journey with my new family,” said Fresenga, who is the third Canadian to join Fury FC. “I would like to thank Fury FC for this opportunity to represent not only the organization, but the wonderful people of Ottawa. To the fans, I promise that I will leave everything on the field for this team and I have a strong feeling this team will do big things.”
Fresenga, 21, is a 5’9” defender who has been a recent call-up for Canada at the past two National Team camps in the U.S. and Spain. The right back debuted for Canada in 2011 at the CONCACAF U20 Championship and in 2012 was part of the Canadian U23 team alongside teammate Carl Haworth at the CONCACAF Men’s Olympic Qualifiers.
While Canada did not qualify, Fresenga’s performance led to a trial with the Vancouver Whitecaps in early 2013.
“Andres grew up playing soccer in Uruguay and his passion for the game is second to none,” said Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos. “He is very aggressive, strong and committed in his play and this is why he has been recently called up to the National Team. We know what we look for in players and Andrés has the exact profile of an Ottawa Fury FC player.”
Born in Toronto, Fresenga first developed with Toronto Argentina before making the move to Uruguay in 2007 when he joined Club Nacional de Futbol and helped them win the Uruguayan U16 Championship. In 2008, he would move to Danubio FC with the same result – this time winning the Uruguayan U17 Championship.
The following year Fresenga moved to Racing Club de Montevideo, a club known for its player development.
He featured with the U23 squad for one season before joining the First Division squad in 2010 and played through the 2013 season.