GUELPH – Former Guelph Gryphon Jace Kotsopoulos is the first-ever player to sign with the newly formed Guelph United F.C., which will make its debut in League 1 Ontario this summer.
The club calls it “a big moment in the history of the club” in a March 13 press release.
Kotsopoulos brings a high level of experience to the team, officials state. He played in the Canadian Premier League for both Hamilton Forge FC and York United FC, and won the CPL Championship with Forge in 2019. He is the first and only player to play for both sides of the 905 Derby.
United general manager and associate head coach Keith Mason says, “Jace’s goalscoring record is well documented, but his leadership qualities will be huge both in the dressing room and on the field. We are thrilled to welcome Jace back to the Guelph soccer community and to bring such a quality player to the United family.”
Kotsopoulos was a standout performer as a Guelph Gryphon, leading the team to an OUA gold and U Sport bronze medal. He also won an OUA bronze in his final season.
“I am excited and honoured to be a part of this amazing club in a city that I call home,” said Kotsopoulos.