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Leo Kossaka

Midfielder

Player profile

  • Year Senior
  • Hometown Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • High School Saint-Exupery Secondary School
  • Height 5-10
  • Weight 185
  • Club Montreal Impact

🔊 Pronunciation

Career Highlights

  • Academic All-Big Ten (2017)
  • Two-time OSU Scholar-Athlete (2017-18)

2018 (Junior Season)

  • Four appearances off the bench with 43 total minutes
  • Played in 14 minutes off the bench in 2018 debut vs. Hofstra (Aug. 26)

2017 (Sophomore Season) 

  • Made seven appearances off the bench, playing in a total of 102 minutes
  • Made 2017 debut with nine minutes of action vs. FIU (Aug. 27)
  • Played 13 minutes at Michigan State (Oct. 1)
  • Had a season-high 34 minutes vs. Wisconsin (Oct. 29)
  • Tallied 14 minutes of game time in the 2-1 upset win over Michigan State in the B1G quarterfinals (Nov. 5)
  • Also saw action in B1G semifinals vs. No. 1 Indiana (Nov. 10)
  • Academic All-Big Ten

2016 (Freshman Season)

  • Started in nine games with 18 appearances
  • Made his first collegiate start in opener vs. Virginia Tech (Aug. 26)
  • Had a shot on target vs. No. 13 UCSB (Aug. 28)
  • Played a season-high 81 minutes against Rutgers (Sept. 18)
  • Played in 41 minutes at No. 1 Maryland (Oct. 7)
  • Made first postseason appearance in B1G quarterfinals at Wisconsin (Nov. 5)
  • Totaled 826 minutes this season

Prior to Ohio State

  • Spent three seasons with Montreal Impact Academy from 2013-15
  • Made 20 starts as team captain of the 2015 squad that finished fourth at the USSDA finals
  • Made 18 starts for his club team that finished third in the USSDA finals in 2014
  • Has represented team Canada twice on the U17 squad and won two championships with the Quebec team

Personal

  • Son of Celso Kossaka and Simone Struminski
  • Has one brother, Nicolas
  • Was born in Curitiba, Brazil, before moving to Canada
  • Would like to get drafted in the MLS after graduation or go into the business world
  • Enjoys spending time with friends and family, reading, photography and travel
  • Lists greatest sports thrill as finishing first in the regular season of USSCA and finishing third in the playoffs as well as representing Canada
  • Father, Celso, competed in fencing during college in Brazil and also created the Brazilian curling national team
  • Finance major