Claire Rea, a revelation in the PLSQ at age 16

Claire Rea has quietly established herself on the Ottawa South United attack. At only 16 years old, the young Ontario native has played in every game since the beginning of the season. And she has no intention of stopping there.

She is one of Ottawa South United’s biggest threats heading into the season. Her dribbling and passing skills were especially valuable against FC Laval and Monteuil. At 16 years old, Claire Rea is starting to make a name for herself in the PLSQ: « I love to drive forward to create opportunities for my teammates or myself. I feel more comfortable playing on the left side. Playing as an attacking midfielder gives me more freedom to attack or defend in different areas of the field. »

While her athletic ability and maturity may come as a surprise, those around her are not. The OSU player is no stranger to playing early: « I’ve played with older players more often than not during my career. At 6 years old, I was playing with a competitive U10 team. After joining Ottawa South United at age 7, I was playing U9. I even played on a boys team until I was 12 years old with the Futuro Academy. This helped me a lot to speed up my game and develop my technique! »

Selected several times for the Ontario provincial teams, she also counts a call-up to a U15 national team camp. Now in the PLSQ, she hopes to continue learning: « Playing against such talented opponents has forced me to be stronger and quicker in my decision making. My teammates and coaches have helped me a lot to get over the hump. » Today, Claire Rea has ambitions and hopes to join the professional world one day: « I have committed to the University of Alabama at Birmingham where I will start playing in 2022. My goal is to join an european team and wear the national team jersey. »

Copyright : Cameron Sokalski

The www.justesoccer.com editorial staff

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