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  1. The following is a critical evaluation of each CanPL roster so far. Each player signing will be given a brief description and provided with a ranking from 1 to 5. Ultimately the ranking will be subjective, based on my understanding of the pool, conversations I’ve had with technical staff and the previous player of the player. The rankings are meant as a starting point for discussion, not an end. If you disagree, let me know in the comments. I’m open to change Winnipeg Skylar Thomas – D – Big, strong and great in the air – was a regular starter in USL – stand out at top NCAA program – 3.5/5 Stephen Hoyle – F - International – technically strong – professional attitude—has scored at similar level in past – 3.5/5 Tyson Farago – Keeper – deep roots to Winnipeg – journeyman keeper with solid leadership qualities – 2.5/5 Dylan Sacramento – MF – quick player – good offensive instincts – has been questioned on commitment in past – Stand out on TFCA L1O champion team – 1.5/5 Jordan Murrell – DF – Solid defender – regular USL starter -- won’t standout for good OR bad reasons – 2/5 Glenn Muenkat – MF – Fast and athletic – has struggled to get regular playing time at pro level – 2/5 Raphaël Garcia – DF – tall defender – needs to work on strength – decent technically, but raw – from Impact acdemy – 1/5 Raphael Ohin – MF – International – strong on the ball – impossibly good attitude – very committed player – 2/5 Tyler Attardo – F – He’s 17! – likely a longer term project – raw rookie – 1/5 Dylan Carreiro - --MF – Creative and technically gifted – the type of player this league was made for – 3/5 Mathias Janssens – Keeper – international - only 20 – was in Belgian third tier – likely a long-term project – 1/5 Josip Golubar – MF -- international – veteran with more than 400 professional games – leader – was in Croatian second tier previously – 3/5 Martin Arguiñarena – Very experienced and technical defender – 4/5 Nestor Navia – VERY intriguing creative midfielder – 4/5 Nicolás Galvis – Colombia trained player. Interesting possibilities – 3/5 Ali Musse – Homecoming for a Foothills player – 1/5 Diego Guitiérrez – Duel national player who played pro in Chile – 3.5/5 Michael Petrasso –Former Canadian international. Stock has slipped, but still might have a lot to give – 3/5 TOTAL – 18 players (2F, 5M, 4D, 2K) – Ave ranking – 2.47 – CanPL ranking 1 Calgary Sergio Camargo – MF – Creative midfielder – TFC homegrown – been with Calgary program for while – 3/5 Nik Ledgerwood – D/MF – 34 years old – extensively experienced – Played at very high level, but can he still keep up – great leader – 3.5/5 Chris Serban – D – bit undersized – decent with ball – USL experience with Whitecaps 2 – bee in Foothills program for a while -- 2/5 Elijah Adekugbe – MF – quick holding mid –suffered major injury – Whitecaps academy – 1.5/5 Dominick Zator – D – big and good in air – limited pro experience – Been with Foothills – 1/5 Marco Carducci – Keeper – USL experienced – Was with MLS Caps – bit undersized – 2.5/5 Oliver – FW – Savvy forward with a lot of lower level experience – was a standout with Fury – 4/5 Nico Pasquotti – MF – Was with Foothills – Rookie – raw – 1/5 Dean Northover – MF – he tore up Alberta college soccer and was with Foothills – raw rookie – 1/5 Niko Giantsopoulos – Keeper—Huge – journeyman player – professional attitude – 2.5/5 Carlos Patino – MF – clever attacking mid – played in foothills system – 2/5 Jordan Brown – FW – international – maybe the most intriguing signing in the league – played in the Europa League (albeit once) – ceiling could be very high – 4/5 Julian Büscher -- MF – Former German youth international – first round SuperDraft pick – struggled to get time at DCU – good tactical awareness – 3.5/5 Nathan Mavila – Played at West Ham youth – described as a modern fullback – good degree of experience for young age – 2.5/5 Mason Trafford – Solid vet – Brings experience – 3/5 Malyk Hamilton – Exciting prospect that is returning home – 1.5/5 Jay Wheeldon – Likely to play as much as of a player-assistant manager – Tommy’s brther 2.5/5 TOTAL on Feb 15 – 17 players – Ave ranking 2.38 – CanPL ranking 2 Hamilton Kyle Bekker – MF – Technically gifted. Good on set-pieces. Previous USL all-star. MLS experience. 4/5 Chris Nanco – F – quick – bit undersized – more of a support striker in past – USL experienced – 2/5 Marcel Zajac – F – Stand out in NCAA with Akron – rookie – intriguing prospect from technical college program 1.5/5 Tristan Borges – MF – Creative midfielder – youth player in Holland – Canadian youth international – first senior pro team – 2/5 Bertrand Owundi – D – International – raw defender – struggled at MLS level – prone to errors – big and athletic – 2/5 Kwame Awuah – D – good with ball – excelled at top NCAA program – limited MLS experience – bit undersized – 2/5 Alexander Achinioti Jönsson – MF – strong and tall presence in midfield – been pro for 4 years – Swedish 2nd Div – 3/5 Giuliano Frano – MF – Plays with sandpaper – Whitecaps 2 and Sounders 2 experience – good history with Forge technical staff – 1.5/5 Dominic Samuel—D – High ceiling prospect – League1 Ontario defender of the year – Pro experienced – 2/5 Triston Henry – K—Solid at amateur level – raw pro – 1/5 Jonathan Grant – D—Tall and athletic outside back – has struggled to get a chance since leaving Sigma – 2/5 Elimane Oumar Cisse – a fascinating signing and potentially game changing – established international – if adjusts he could be a star – He could also be a bust…thought really goes both ways 3/5 Quillan Roberts – Needs to play. A mystery until we see it – 2.5/5 Daniel Krutzen, -- Came from the youth ranks at Genk. Promising, but unknown – 2/5 Monti Mohsen – Mostly a rookie – Cup of coffee at USL – 1/5 Kadell Thomas – Long timestandout for Sigma in L1O – still a rookie – 1.5/5 David Choiniere – High ceiling midfielder – chose CPL over USL – 2.5/5 Emery Welshman – Homecoming for the hold up forward. Can he score? – 3.5/5 TOTAL on March 19 -- Ave ranking 2.16 – CanPL ranking 3 Pacific Kadin Chung – D – Outside back – considered one of best prospects – Was in Caps plans, but decided to try Europe – 2.5/5 Marcus Haber –FW – Arguably the highest profile signing in league – full Canadian international – when on he can be very effective – some question about consistency – 4.5/5 Alessandro Hojabpour – MF – good attacking instincts – some pro experience – 2/5 Matthew Baldisimo – MF – Caps academy product – good amount of USL experience 1.5/5 Terran Campbell – Raw striker – limited pro experience – 1/5 Noah Verhoeven – MF – good attacking instincts – another young, Caps academy player – some pro experience – 1.5/5 Mark Village – Keeper – very little experience for a player his age, even at keeper -- 1.5/5 Ben Fisk – MF -- Solid, professionally winger – good leadership qualities -- adaptable – 3/5 Jose Hernandez – FW – raw rookie – 1/5 Victor Blasco – MF – Said to be a sleeper signing by some – technically skilled – 3/5 Marcel de Jong – D – Very experienced full-back – full Canadian international – should link well with Haber – 4/5 *** OUT FOR SEASON *** 0/5 Nolan Wirth – k – Strong keeper with local ties – badly needs to play regularly at pro level – 1.5/5 Issey Nakajima-Farran – Journeyman vet that has played at a good level. Still has legs? 3.5/5 Hendrik Starostzik – Was at the B2 level, but struggled to find time. Big body. Might fit style – 2.5/5 Lukas MacNaughton – Another big body. First pro chance – 2/5 TOTAL—15 players (2F, 4M, 2D, 2K) – Ave rating: 2.1– CanPL rank: 4 Edmonton Randy Edwini-Bonsu – FW – Solid hold up forward with lots of experience – professional attitude – 3/5 Allan Zebie – DF – Experienced defender familiar with FCE – does what’s on the box – 3/5 Ajay Khabra – MF – untested midfielder – good attacking instincts – played in FCE system -- 1/5 Bruno Zebie – FW – Been in FCE system long time – one appearance in NASL – 1/5 Ajeej Sarkaria – FW – The all-time Canada West scoring leader – untested at pro – 1.5/5 Son Yongchan -- MF – “The best player at the open trials” – played lower Asian leags – mystery – 2/5 Connor James – Keeper – was arguably the best keeper in USports last year – untested as pro – 2/5 Dylon Powley – Keeper – a long and winding road career path – excelled with Foothills – untested at pro level – 2/5 Oumar Diouck – FW – Hold up striker with a good amount of experience—not the best finisher – played in Belgium 2nd – 2.5/5 Ramόn Soria – DF – international - Maybe the most technically skilled defender in league – strong leadership skills – 4.5/5 Kareem Moses – international - DF – very experienced outside back – previously with FCE – 4/5 Edem Mortotsi – MF – Great connection with FCE technical staff – a lot of dedication to club – solid – 2.5/5 Tomi Ameobi – international - F - Veteran and FCE legend. -- Could be better finisher – can’t question desire – 3.5/5 Marcus Velado-Tsegaye – MF – Young andraw. Quick on transition – 1/5 Prince Amanda – MF – May be able to transition to outside back – good on the dribble—raw 1/5 David Doe – FW – Has scored at will at amateur level – great work rate – young, but already experienced – 2/5 James Marcelin – Mid – Solid journeyman – pro – has excelled at similar level – 3/5 Jeannot Esua – D – Athletic and attack minded fullback – fairly raw – 1.5/5 Philippe Lincourt-Joseph – M – solid player, if not spectacular – was in Impact system for good amount of time – 2/5 Mele Temguia – D – Another Impact academy product. Dropped off map a couple years ago. Last chance? – 1/5 Mélé Temguia – Academy grad. Rookie – 1/5 Philippe Lincourt-Joseph – Academy grad. Rookie 1/5 TOTAL 22 players -- Ave rating – 2.09– CanPL rank 5 York 9 Kyle Porter – MF – Journeyman pro – bounced around – struggled to break into MLS level but was solid for FCE in NASL – 3.5 Simon Adjei – FW – International – Huge body – poacher – with service could be very dangerous – probably would create much on own – 3.5/5 Austin Ricci – FW – Stand out locally, but mostly untested professionally – solid for mid-major NCAA – 1/5 Steven Furlano – DF – no nonsense defender – some USL experience – 1.5/5 Roger Thompson – DF – strong, professional defender – lots of experience in tier two leagues – 2.5/5 Joseph Di Chiara – MF – Brave player – attack minded-- played in Eastern Europe – ripped up L1O – this is first time he’s in key spot on a team – could be a sleeper star in league – 3/5 Manuel Aparicio – MF – Creative and technical midfielder that never got a real chance at TFC – make or break time – 3/5 Cyrus Rollocks – FW – One of L1O’s best players while with TFC3 -- Big body – Potential – 1.5/5 Wataru Murofushi – MF – technical and quick attack minded mid – scored a lot in Philippians league – mystery 2.5/5 Munir Saleh – MF – Technical midfielder that played at a high NCAA level – Played on KW United – 2/5 Matt Silva – Keeper – journeyman pro with lots of experience at lower European levels -- 2.5/5 Michael Cox – FW – Big body forward. Solid player at USL level – 3/5 Daniel Gogarty – D – Good with ball – standout at Canadian University – raw 1/5 Justin Springer – D – Standard defender – raw – 1/5 Morey Doner – D – fast, outside back – great story, but no pro experience – 1/5 Emilio Estevez – MF – Star at Canadian college. Raw rookie – 1/5 Luca Gasparotto – D – Once a darling of Canadian soccer – fell off radar while struggling for time in Scotland – last chance? Ceiling is high if finds form again – 2.5/5 Diyaeddine Abzi – Fast outside back – first pro experience – 1/5 Ryan Telfer – Loan player from TFC. Club still has hope, but he needs to show – 2.5/5 TOTAL – 19 players (4F, 5M, 1K, 7D) – Ave ranking 2.07 – CanPL rank: 6 Halifax Zachary Sukunda – DF – good attacking instinct – crosses well – played in Australian 2nd tier – journeyman – 2.5/5 Akeem Garcia – F – international - quick – bit undersized – T&T youth international – 2.5/5 Andre Rampersad – international - MF – raw midfielder – “a wildcard” – 2/5 Elton John – MF – journeyman – good veteran experience – strong and fast – plays a mean piano – 2/5 Jan-Michael Williams – Keeper – vastly experienced and good leader – played mostly in T&T – 4/5 Chakib Hocine – DF – what-you-see-is-what-you-get-defender – will play safe, with limited mistakes – some question about ball skills – 1.5/5 Elliot Simmons – MF – good prospect, if raw – passes well – limited experience – 1/5 Vincent Lamy – F – No pro experience, but a very intriguing attacking prospect – tore up US development league last year – can he make jump to pro? 1.5/5 Scott Firth – MF – Long-term prospect – local product – 1/5 Ndzemdzela Langwa – D – Fast and attack minded – Limited experience – his nickname is Zoom, so that’s fun – 1.5/5 Chrisnovic N’sa – D – young, raw defender from Impact academy – 1/5 Alex De Carolis – D – Journeyman outside back – solid pro – 2/5 Christian Oxner –K – Usports keeper – local to Halifax – raw – 1/5 Kodai Iida –MF- small, but “slippery” was a stand out at open trials – a 24 year old rookie -- dedicated -- 1.5/5 Kouamé Ouattara – MF – Very strong – a CanPL “Yaya Toure? – pretty raw – 1.5/5 Juan Diego Gutierrez –M—Creative – journeyman – lots of pro experience – 2.5/5 Luis Alberto Perea F – Scored at similar level – experienced – age a question – 3.5/5 TOTAL – 17 players (3F, 6MF, 5D, 2K) – Ave ranking – 1.73 – CanPL ranking – 7
  2. The following is a critical evaluation of each CanPL roster so far. Each player signing will be given a brief description and provided with a ranking from 1 to 5. Ultimately the ranking will be subjective, based on my understanding of the pool, conversations I’ve had with technical staff and the previous player of the player. The rankings are meant as a starting point for discussion, not an end. If you disagree, let me know in the comments. I’m open to change Winnipeg Skylar Thomas – D – Big, strong and great in the air – was a regular starter in USL – stand out at top NCAA program – 3.5/5 Stephen Hoyle – F - International – technically strong – professional attitude—has scored at similar level in past – 3.5/5 Tyson Farago – Keeper – deep roots to Winnipeg – journeyman keeper with solid leadership qualities – 2.5/5 Dylan Sacramento – MF – quick player – good offensive instincts – has been questioned on commitment in past – Stand out on TFCA L1O champion team – 1.5/5 Jordan Murrell – DF – Solid defender – regular USL starter -- won’t standout for good OR bad reasons – 2/5 Glenn Muenkat – MF – Fast and athletic – has struggled to get regular playing time at pro level – 2/5 Raphaël Garcia – DF – tall defender – needs to work on strength – decent technically, but raw – from Impact acdemy – 1/5 Raphael Ohin – MF – International – strong on the ball – impossibly good attitude – very committed player – 2/5 Tyler Attardo – F – He’s 17! – likely a longer term project – raw rookie – 1/5 Dylan Carreiro - --MF – Creative and technically gifted – the type of player this league was made for – 3/5 Mathias Janssens – Keeper – international - only 20 – was in Belgian third tier – likely a long-term project – 1/5 Josip Golubar – MF -- international – veteran with more than 400 professional games – leader – was in Croatian second tier previously – 3/5 Martin Arguiñarena – Very experienced and technical defender – 4/5 Nestor Navia – VERY intriguing creative midfielder – 4/5 Nicolás Galvis – Colombia trained player. Interesting possibilities – 3/5 Ali Musse – Homecoming for a Foothills player – 1/5 Diego Guitiérrez – Duel national player who played pro in Chile – 3.5/5 Michael Petrasso –Former Canadian international. Stock has slipped, but still might have a lot to give – 3/5 TOTAL – 18 players (2F, 5M, 4D, 2K) – Ave ranking – 2.47 – CanPL ranking 1 Calgary Sergio Camargo – MF – Creative midfielder – TFC homegrown – been with Calgary program for while – 3/5 Nik Ledgerwood – D/MF – 34 years old – extensively experienced – Played at very high level, but can he still keep up – great leader – 3.5/5 Chris Serban – D – bit undersized – decent with ball – USL experience with Whitecaps 2 – bee in Foothills program for a while -- 2/5 Elijah Adekugbe – MF – quick holding mid –suffered major injury – Whitecaps academy – 1.5/5 Dominick Zator – D – big and good in air – limited pro experience – Been with Foothills – 1/5 Marco Carducci – Keeper – USL experienced – Was with MLS Caps – bit undersized – 2.5/5 Oliver – FW – Savvy forward with a lot of lower level experience – was a standout with Fury – 4/5 Nico Pasquotti – MF – Was with Foothills – Rookie – raw – 1/5 Dean Northover – MF – he tore up Alberta college soccer and was with Foothills – raw rookie – 1/5 Niko Giantsopoulos – Keeper—Huge – journeyman player – professional attitude – 2.5/5 Carlos Patino – MF – clever attacking mid – played in foothills system – 2/5 Jordan Brown – FW – international – maybe the most intriguing signing in the league – played in the Europa League (albeit once) – ceiling could be very high – 4/5 Julian Büscher -- MF – Former German youth international – first round SuperDraft pick – struggled to get time at DCU – good tactical awareness – 3.5/5 Nathan Mavila – Played at West Ham youth – described as a modern fullback – good degree of experience for young age – 2.5/5 Mason Trafford – Solid vet – Brings experience – 3/5 Malyk Hamilton – Exciting prospect that is returning home – 1.5/5 Jay Wheeldon – Likely to play as much as of a player-assistant manager – Tommy’s brther 2.5/5 TOTAL on Feb 15 – 17 players – Ave ranking 2.38 – CanPL ranking 2 Hamilton Kyle Bekker – MF – Technically gifted. Good on set-pieces. Previous USL all-star. MLS experience. 4/5 Chris Nanco – F – quick – bit undersized – more of a support striker in past – USL experienced – 2/5 Marcel Zajac – F – Stand out in NCAA with Akron – rookie – intriguing prospect from technical college program 1.5/5 Tristan Borges – MF – Creative midfielder – youth player in Holland – Canadian youth international – first senior pro team – 2/5 Bertrand Owundi – D – International – raw defender – struggled at MLS level – prone to errors – big and athletic – 2/5 Kwame Awuah – D – good with ball – excelled at top NCAA program – limited MLS experience – bit undersized – 2/5 Alexander Achinioti Jönsson – MF – strong and tall presence in midfield – been pro for 4 years – Swedish 2nd Div – 3/5 Giuliano Frano – MF – Plays with sandpaper – Whitecaps 2 and Sounders 2 experience – good history with Forge technical staff – 1.5/5 Dominic Samuel—D – High ceiling prospect – League1 Ontario defender of the year – Pro experienced – 2/5 Triston Henry – K—Solid at amateur level – raw pro – 1/5 Jonathan Grant – D—Tall and athletic outside back – has struggled to get a chance since leaving Sigma – 2/5 Elimane Oumar Cisse – a fascinating signing and potentially game changing – established international – if adjusts he could be a star – He could also be a bust…thought really goes both ways 3/5 Quillan Roberts – Needs to play. A mystery until we see it – 2.5/5 Daniel Krutzen, -- Came from the youth ranks at Genk. Promising, but unknown – 2/5 Monti Mohsen – Mostly a rookie – Cup of coffee at USL – 1/5 Kadell Thomas – Long timestandout for Sigma in L1O – still a rookie – 1.5/5 David Choiniere – High ceiling midfielder – chose CPL over USL – 2.5/5 Emery Welshman – Homecoming for the hold up forward. Can he score? – 3.5/5 TOTAL on March 19 -- Ave ranking 2.16 – CanPL ranking 3 Pacific Kadin Chung – D – Outside back – considered one of best prospects – Was in Caps plans, but decided to try Europe – 2.5/5 Marcus Haber –FW – Arguably the highest profile signing in league – full Canadian international – when on he can be very effective – some question about consistency – 4.5/5 Alessandro Hojabpour – MF – good attacking instincts – some pro experience – 2/5 Matthew Baldisimo – MF – Caps academy product – good amount of USL experience 1.5/5 Terran Campbell – Raw striker – limited pro experience – 1/5 Noah Verhoeven – MF – good attacking instincts – another young, Caps academy player – some pro experience – 1.5/5 Mark Village – Keeper – very little experience for a player his age, even at keeper -- 1.5/5 Ben Fisk – MF -- Solid, professionally winger – good leadership qualities -- adaptable – 3/5 Jose Hernandez – FW – raw rookie – 1/5 Victor Blasco – MF – Said to be a sleeper signing by some – technically skilled – 3/5 Marcel de Jong – D – Very experienced full-back – full Canadian international – should link well with Haber – 4/5 *** OUT FOR SEASON *** 0/5 Nolan Wirth – k – Strong keeper with local ties – badly needs to play regularly at pro level – 1.5/5 Issey Nakajima-Farran – Journeyman vet that has played at a good level. Still has legs? 3.5/5 Hendrik Starostzik – Was at the B2 level, but struggled to find time. Big body. Might fit style – 2.5/5 Lukas MacNaughton – Another big body. First pro chance – 2/5 TOTAL—15 players (2F, 4M, 2D, 2K) – Ave rating: 2.1– CanPL rank: 4 Edmonton Randy Edwini-Bonsu – FW – Solid hold up forward with lots of experience – professional attitude – 3/5 Allan Zebie – DF – Experienced defender familiar with FCE – does what’s on the box – 3/5 Ajay Khabra – MF – untested midfielder – good attacking instincts – played in FCE system -- 1/5 Bruno Zebie – FW – Been in FCE system long time – one appearance in NASL – 1/5 Ajeej Sarkaria – FW – The all-time Canada West scoring leader – untested at pro – 1.5/5 Son Yongchan -- MF – “The best player at the open trials” – played lower Asian leags – mystery – 2/5 Connor James – Keeper – was arguably the best keeper in USports last year – untested as pro – 2/5 Dylon Powley – Keeper – a long and winding road career path – excelled with Foothills – untested at pro level – 2/5 Oumar Diouck – FW – Hold up striker with a good amount of experience—not the best finisher – played in Belgium 2nd – 2.5/5 Ramόn Soria – DF – international - Maybe the most technically skilled defender in league – strong leadership skills – 4.5/5 Kareem Moses – international - DF – very experienced outside back – previously with FCE – 4/5 Edem Mortotsi – MF – Great connection with FCE technical staff – a lot of dedication to club – solid – 2.5/5 Tomi Ameobi – international - F - Veteran and FCE legend. -- Could be better finisher – can’t question desire – 3.5/5 Marcus Velado-Tsegaye – MF – Young andraw. Quick on transition – 1/5 Prince Amanda – MF – May be able to transition to outside back – good on the dribble—raw 1/5 David Doe – FW – Has scored at will at amateur level – great work rate – young, but already experienced – 2/5 James Marcelin – Mid – Solid journeyman – pro – has excelled at similar level – 3/5 Jeannot Esua – D – Athletic and attack minded fullback – fairly raw – 1.5/5 Philippe Lincourt-Joseph – M – solid player, if not spectacular – was in Impact system for good amount of time – 2/5 Mele Temguia – D – Another Impact academy product. Dropped off map a couple years ago. Last chance? – 1/5 Mélé Temguia – Academy grad. Rookie – 1/5 Philippe Lincourt-Joseph – Academy grad. Rookie 1/5 TOTAL 22 players -- Ave rating – 2.09– CanPL rank 5 York 9 Kyle Porter – MF – Journeyman pro – bounced around – struggled to break into MLS level but was solid for FCE in NASL – 3.5 Simon Adjei – FW – International – Huge body – poacher – with service could be very dangerous – probably would create much on own – 3.5/5 Austin Ricci – FW – Stand out locally, but mostly untested professionally – solid for mid-major NCAA – 1/5 Steven Furlano – DF – no nonsense defender – some USL experience – 1.5/5 Roger Thompson – DF – strong, professional defender – lots of experience in tier two leagues – 2.5/5 Joseph Di Chiara – MF – Brave player – attack minded-- played in Eastern Europe – ripped up L1O – this is first time he’s in key spot on a team – could be a sleeper star in league – 3/5 Manuel Aparicio – MF – Creative and technical midfielder that never got a real chance at TFC – make or break time – 3/5 Cyrus Rollocks – FW – One of L1O’s best players while with TFC3 -- Big body – Potential – 1.5/5 Wataru Murofushi – MF – technical and quick attack minded mid – scored a lot in Philippians league – mystery 2.5/5 Munir Saleh – MF – Technical midfielder that played at a high NCAA level – Played on KW United – 2/5 Matt Silva – Keeper – journeyman pro with lots of experience at lower European levels -- 2.5/5 Michael Cox – FW – Big body forward. Solid player at USL level – 3/5 Daniel Gogarty – D – Good with ball – standout at Canadian University – raw 1/5 Justin Springer – D – Standard defender – raw – 1/5 Morey Doner – D – fast, outside back – great story, but no pro experience – 1/5 Emilio Estevez – MF – Star at Canadian college. Raw rookie – 1/5 Luca Gasparotto – D – Once a darling of Canadian soccer – fell off radar while struggling for time in Scotland – last chance? Ceiling is high if finds form again – 2.5/5 Diyaeddine Abzi – Fast outside back – first pro experience – 1/5 Ryan Telfer – Loan player from TFC. Club still has hope, but he needs to show – 2.5/5 TOTAL – 19 players (4F, 5M, 1K, 7D) – Ave ranking 2.07 – CanPL rank: 6 Halifax Zachary Sukunda – DF – good attacking instinct – crosses well – played in Australian 2nd tier – journeyman – 2.5/5 Akeem Garcia – F – international - quick – bit undersized – T&T youth international – 2.5/5 Andre Rampersad – international - MF – raw midfielder – “a wildcard” – 2/5 Elton John – MF – journeyman – good veteran experience – strong and fast – plays a mean piano – 2/5 Jan-Michael Williams – Keeper – vastly experienced and good leader – played mostly in T&T – 4/5 Chakib Hocine – DF – what-you-see-is-what-you-get-defender – will play safe, with limited mistakes – some question about ball skills – 1.5/5 Elliot Simmons – MF – good prospect, if raw – passes well – limited experience – 1/5 Vincent Lamy – F – No pro experience, but a very intriguing attacking prospect – tore up US development league last year – can he make jump to pro? 1.5/5 Scott Firth – MF – Long-term prospect – local product – 1/5 Ndzemdzela Langwa – D – Fast and attack minded – Limited experience – his nickname is Zoom, so that’s fun – 1.5/5 Chrisnovic N’sa – D – young, raw defender from Impact academy – 1/5 Alex De Carolis – D – Journeyman outside back – solid pro – 2/5 Christian Oxner –K – Usports keeper – local to Halifax – raw – 1/5 Kodai Iida –MF- small, but “slippery” was a stand out at open trials – a 24 year old rookie -- dedicated -- 1.5/5 Kouamé Ouattara – MF – Very strong – a CanPL “Yaya Toure? – pretty raw – 1.5/5 Juan Diego Gutierrez –M—Creative – journeyman – lots of pro experience – 2.5/5 Luis Alberto Perea F – Scored at similar level – experienced – age a question – 3.5/5 TOTAL – 17 players (3F, 6MF, 5D, 2K) – Ave ranking – 1.73 – CanPL ranking – 7 View full record
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  4. [Also check out Tom's website www.residualimagephotography.com for more of his photos and work]. Oh Canada, Oh Whitecaps Vancouver Whitecaps starting XI Gershon Koffie's mistake lets in Tomi Ameobi Who easily fires home the opener for Edmonton just four minutes in Happy days indeed for the Eddies Worse is to come for the 'Caps as Sam Adekugbe strains his right ankle A tough injury for young Sam. He's been for tests. How long he'll be out is still unknown. More bodies hit the floor The Whitecaps will have been glad to see the back of that half Meanwhile, Sam is already in a boot and on crutches The second half starts more brightly as Erik Hurtado has an early chance Before wasting an even more golden opportunity in the 66th minute The shock of seeing indoor plumbing was too much to take for some Edmonton players Just as it was looking bleak for Vancouver, Koffie shows some nice footwork in the box and fires home an 87th minute equalizer Can we get our ball back mister? As the game enters stoppage time, Robert Earnshaw finds himself clear in the box But it's just too tight and angle and the ball ends up in the side netting Paolo Tornaghi finally got to get a Whitecaps start. Really pleased for the Italian keeper Twas a tough night for Captain Koffie Eddies coach Colin Miller knows history is in the making for his side next week While Carl Robinson knows his 'Caps have a tough time ahead of them if they are to advance You can see a Flickr slideshow of all of Tom's photos from the game below:
  5. REPORT (by Steve Pandher): For the second straight match Vancouver Whitecaps started slow and this time it cost them as they drew FC Edmonton 1-1 in the first leg of their Voyageurs Cup semi-final. While Gershon Koffie’s late goal was able to salvage a tie for the MLS side, it was his mistake in the opening minutes that gave the Eddies the vital away goal from Tomi Ameobi. Koffie’s error came in the fourth minute when he was pressured by Ritchie Jones forcing him to turn into Ameobi. The striker took the ball away and walked into the box easily scoring past a helpless Paolo Tornaghi. The remainder of the first half saw the visitors sit back and absorb any little pressure the Caps were able to mount. Of the five attempts on goal, none tested the keeper, with three of them getting blocked and two of them missing by a wide margin. It took four minutes into the second half for Vancouver to get one on target with Matt Van Oekel gathering a up a shot from Erik Hurtado. The 'Caps striker had another glorious chance in the 66th when Mattocks was able head the ball into Hurtado’s path but his wild first time attempt missed to the right of the goal. With 15 minutes to go, Ameobi had a couple of chances to get Edmonton a second away goal but both attempts were sent wide. The Caps were finally able to rescue a draw with three minutes to go, as Gershon Koffie made up for his early flub. He took the cross from Jordan Harvey, cut back to his left and poked the ball past Van Oekel for the equaliser. In added time, the Caps almost grabbed the lead when second half sub Robert Earnshaw found himself free on the right side of the goal, but there was little room due to the tight angle and he sent the ball into the side netting. The Whitecaps will now go up north to take on FC Edmonton in the second leg with the hope to advance to Voyageur Cup final. However before that they will host their Cascadian rivals Seattle Sounders on Saturday at BC Place in a crucial Western Conference matchup. FINAL SCORE: Vancouver Whitecaps 1 - 1 FC Edmonton ATT: 15,283 VANCOUVER: Paolo Tornaghi; Ethan Sampson, Tim Parker, Christian Dean, Sam Adekugbe (Jordan Harvey 4); Gershon Koffie, Deybi Flores (Kekuta Manneh 74), Kianz Froese, Nicolas Mezquida (Robert Earnshaw 61), Erik Hurtado; Darren Mattocks [substitutes not used: Marco Carducci, Ben McKendry, Russell Teibert, Caleb Clarke] EDMONTON: Matt Van Oekel, Eddie Edward, Mallan Roberts, Kareem Moses, Johann Smith, Sainey Nyassi (Michael Nonni 88), Ritchie Jones, Christian Raudales, Daryl Fordyce (Tomas Granitto 80), Lance Laing, Tomi Ameobi [substitutes not used: John Sits, Allan Zebie, Sadi Jalali, Hanson Boakai, Chad Burt] REACTION: VANCOUVER WHITECAPS CARL ROBINSON Thoughts on the match: “I’m delighted we got the goal in the end. I thought we deserved it the way we played. There was a lot of good performances, there were others that were okay. I’ve asked them individually to look at it and we’ll look at it collectively but as I said I think we deserved something out of that game.” Thoughts on an error leading to the goal: “I spoke to my coaches at halftime. I want us to play. I want us to be a team that tries to pass the ball and play and because I want to do that [but] we will make mistakes. I likened it a little bit to Steven Gerrard giving the ball away against Chelsea and they lost the Premier League. Gershon gives the ball away in a cup competition in the first few minutes of the game, they catch us and they score. Would you tell Steven Gerrard to do the things that he shouldn’t do? Nah. So I’m not telling Koffie to do that. I’ll take responsibility for that cause I want them to play. I think we grew into the game and obviously they answered in the end.” Thoughts on players being nervous: “Yeah maybe. They shouldn’t be but I think for some it was. Got to get used to it. In front of our fans, we play in front of 20,000 every week. We go to Portland, we go to Seattle on the road, so you got to get used to it. We will. We're in the big boy world now." Thoughts on players being unfamiliar with each other: “Maybe in games they haven’t played enough minutes together, but they train together and I think as the game grew they got stronger and more confident with each other. They played some decent stuff at times. That’s the encouragement I’m going to take away. Even if we have won or lost this game, the tie is not over. We got a game next Wednesday, but a game we will be ready for.” Thoughts on injuries affecting next game: “Yeah I wanted to come out of the game without any injuries, which is why I rested some of the guys, but obviously that didn’t work. My fault for that one. Sam isn’t looking great if I’m honest. He will be re-assessed by the doctor. He landed awkwardly so I’ll keep my fingers crossed on that one. Deybi Flores – it’s just the bum cheek so that’s not too bad.” Thoughts on Jordan playing so many minutes lately: “Yeah I’m lucky he is a fit boy aren’t I? I didn’t want to use him today. I wanted him rested but we got him. He was very composed when he came on as I expect form a senior player. He managed the game very well, managed his performance very well as well and set the standard as well.” What was said at halftime? “I just said to them to be confident. The game panned out exactly as I thought it would. Unfortunately I didn’t think about giving them a goal after two or three minutes. The way they played was exactly how I thought. I thought they slowed the game down. I give Colin credit. His team managed the game very well which is why I said to him at the end in the 46th, 49th minute, in the 55th minutes – your players are going down. It’s not why we pay to watch football. The ball wasn’t in play enough.” Thoughts on Paolo’s game: “It was quiet for Paolo today. Conceding after a couple of minutes is probably not nice for him, but he was good. “ Thoughts on playing more senior players in the return leg: “Maybe. We’ve got a big game on the weekend which obviously our focus turns to now. We’ll try and win that game against Seattle cause it’s a massive game for the club, it’s a massive game for the group in there. We’ll put this game to bed now and we’ll deal with Saturday and we’ll get back to work on this game on Sunday or Monday." ROBERT EARNSHAW Thoughts on the match: “I think it was a difficult game. I think there’s a lot of things we can work on. I think for at least half the game we struggled to make a difference. We struggled with the competitiveness. I think they wanted the game more than us in the first half and this is crucial because that’s when they got the goal. I think second half we were much better. We slowed the game down ourselves but passed the ball quicker. This was key because once you start moving the ball – the ball is quicker than everybody else on the pitch. So once we start moving the ball, trying to create angles and make space, that’s when we got our spaces.” Thoughts on Edmonton slowing down the play in the second half: “Credit to them. They tried to be clever. They played the game, they played within the rules and the sportsmanship was obviously difficult but this is the cleverness of the details of football. Sometimes when you can understand the game and see what’s going on, you have to slow it down. They were clever. Credit to them. Obviously they made it difficult for us.” Thoughts on his missed scoring opportunity: “I think I would probably have taken the touch inside. I think that would have opened the goal up a little bit more. It was a very tight angle and I just tried to hit the roof of the net. I just thought in that split second that going across the goal would have been too tight. The bigger angle was to go high, so I just sliced the ball a little bit. These chances will come and I’m sure if I have another one I’ll put it in. These things happen, but the key thing is we created the chance. I almost got it just before that as well. I’ll take this chance – that’s what we are all about. We are happy that we make the chances.” GERSHON KOFFIE Thoughts on the match: “I think we came out to win this game. Sometimes it doesn’t go your way, but we didn’t lose. We’ll take the positives out of this game.” Thoughts on you having to make up for the mistake: “Mistakes are part of the game. Mistakes happen here and there. Thanks to my teammates, they helped to fight back.” Thoughts on the comeback from a goal down: “We ended up 1-1, but we train tomorrow and do our corrections and we train what to do. It’s all about us and what we do next weekend. The focus is on this weekend’s game and then we focus on the next game, which is on Wednesday.” Thoughts on younger players being nervous: “I think for some of the guys it’s not their first game, but it’s their first game starting. I wouldn’t say there is so much nerves but really the first 15 to 20 minutes they have to be nervous about the game but they are strong, and their mentality is strong to come back.” Thoughts on being captain “It’s great. The group of boys inside are fantastic guys. To be their leader is something that is blessed. I love to be with them and I love to lead them.” FC EDMONTON COLIN MILLER Thoughts on the match “I’ve got to say that I am extremely proud as head coach of FC Edmonton tonight. And on behalf of our owner Tom Fath in the corner there, very proud of the players. You know we have just arrived from New York on Monday late in the afternoon, played in 87 degrees, little bit warmer than it has been in Edmonton as you guys saw last Wednesday. To put an effort in like that tonight I think is fantastic, absolutely fantastic. We wanted to keep the tie tight, score an away goal which we did and I thought for a spell in the first half almost gave the impetus back to the Whitecaps sometimes because we gave the ball away too easy in the wrong areas. That gives the crowd a lift because it gives the Whitecaps a lift. But the heart, the determination, the character was everything the Eddies stand for. I am very proud of everyone in the club and everyone back home is very proud of the team as well. So it’s been a really good evening and as soon as I saw the six minutes go up, I thought bad words because we saw that six minutes go up in Montreal and the same referee gave a penalty, a very dodgy penalty. The guys weathered the storm as you would imagine it is a very very talented Whitecaps group. Whoever plays for the ‘Caps has got real quality and I am sure they are the envy of the MLS with the talent that they have at their disposal. Carl’s done a great job with the group here. So all in all absolutely ecstatic about the attitude, individual performances, there were some fantastic performances. Very proud of our team tonight.” Thoughts on upcoming game and if players will be rested: “Absolutely no rest at all, what do you think this is a country club? No, we will assess the guys obviously. We get up tomorrow, travel back to Edmonton, more of a recovery day on Friday and then we will assess it on Saturday, if there’s some knocks, some pains or whatever which is understandable. We’ve got a very difficult game on Sunday against San Antonio who won the Soccer Bowl last season. So we will have to regroup, program the thoughts to as much recovery as we can and then get ready for a real battle. We are good at home. We are unbeaten in 11 games at home so we’ve got a lot to look forward too. The incentive is there for the guys to play well on Sunday so it gives everyone a lift because I was so disappointed in giving away four goals. It was the first time in almost three seasons that our club has given away four goals on Sunday. The manner that we gave them was very poor. But we finished a stronger team against the Cosmos. We’ve had a lot of games, a lot of travelling recently and it doesn’t get any easier. As an ex-professional myself I wanted to play in games rather than train so for some it’s been great but for the guys doing the running out there it’s not been fun.” Thoughts on Whitecaps losing two players and if that changes things tactically: “No, not at all, because as I have said earlier it is what the Eddies do. It’s what we do and we play well at home. We play very well at home and we play dangerous, we’ve got real good pace. It doesn’t matter. We won’t change. We haven’t changed for any team that has come into Edmonton. The same culture, the same desire and passion that’s a demand of every training session with our team and anything below that would be disappointing. We know we will have to be at our very best again on Wednesday and it’s a very talented Vancouver Whitecaps team. Regardless who puts on a Whitecaps jersey has quality. Once again we will have to be on our best and hope the Whitecaps have an off day. I’m not under any illusions, not getting carried away. It was a solid away performance in the cup against a very talented team with lots of pace. I thought we more than matched them with the passion and the desire and the way we organized the team.” Thoughts on goalkeeper Matt Van Oekel: “Yeah, he was poor on Sunday and I told him. It’s not anything he hasn’t heard before. I gave him the belt on Monday when we arrived in Vancouver because it was disappointing by his standards. But tonight he has answered the bell and that’s why we brought him to the club, to put in performances like that. He made two very good saves to keep us in the tie. In all honesty the guys were heavy legged at that point. Rob Earnshaw broke through against Kareem Moses. I worked with Earnie when I was at Derby County in the English Premier League so he’s normally deadly from there so thank goodness he managed to miss the chance. But big Matt was excellent. He came up big when he needed to and that’s what he is paid for. He’s paid to make those saves at that time.” TOMI AMEOBI Thoughts on the draw: “I think we probably deserved to get a little more out of the game. They were pushing in the second half, and obviously going down to 10 men kind of killed us a bit. They managed to get the goal when we had our man off.” Eddies performance after Sunday’s loss at New York Cosmos: “I think with our work ethic and the attitude, the boys put in a great shift tonight. We just need to make sure we do that game in and game out, not just when big games like this arise.” What they expect in the second leg next week: “They’ll be coming out all guns blazing, I’m guessing. But we know that we ourselves are not just going to sit back and try and hold on. We know how strong we are at home, especially in the second half.” "We’re definitely going to go and try and get a goal or two to try and kill the tie off. But we’re going to have to be ready because it will be a very strong Whitecaps team coming next Wednesday.”
  6. The tie was effectively over after the initial 15 minutes, with Lance Laing once again causing havoc down the Eddies' left flank. His aggression and counter-attacking speed was simply too much for the Fury to handle, who had pushed numbers forward from the get-go. Both of the Eddies' goals came from counters, though Laing was standing still when delivering both of the crosses into the penalty area that led to the goals, with Tomi Ameobi and Sainey Nyassi the beneficiaries in the end. Andrew Wiedeman brought one back from a nice little chip pass from Nicki Paterson, with Wieds registering his first goal in Fury colours. Near the end of HT, Wiedeman had a very good shout for a PK, being tripped up from behind by Eddies defender Albert Watson, but Drew Fischer, who was the referee for the infamous 2nd leg between Edmonton and Montreal in the 2014 VCup semis, did not give the call. Sinisa Ubiparipovic was also hip-checked in the area before HT, to no avail. The Eddies finished the tie off once and for all with a PK conversion in the 81st minute by Daryl Fordyce. At the end of the day, despite the number of penalty calls that did not come the Fury’s way, the Ottawa side were not good enough to overcome the Eddies. Questions are starting to be asked about the Fury’s defense and its killer instinct in the opponent’s penalty area, and Laing once again proved to be a decisive figure in a Voyageurs Cup tie. All credit to the Fury players for fighting until the end, and full credits must go to Colin Miller and FC Edmonton, who now represent the Canadian NASL contingent in a tasty semi-final showdown vs. Vancouver, while Toronto and Montreal will butt heads in the other semi in the 2015 VCup, with a 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League spot on the line --- 2015 Fury FC Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) – Preliminary Round, 2nd Leg – FC Edmonton vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 3-1 L (6-2 L on aggregate) When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ 10:00pm EDT Where: Clarke Stadium, Edmonton, AB (Watch at CanadaSoccer.com; Listen at TSN 1200 FM) Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (out – arm, expected back Fall Season), DM Richie Ryan (out – ankle, 1-2 weeks), LB Mike Randolph (out – knock), CAM Oliver (out – knock) Ottawa Returnees: LB/LW Brandon Poltronieri (return – knock) Ottawa Lineup – (4-3-3) – Peiser 6; Poltronieri 5, Trafford 5 (Eustaquio 80′), Falvey 7, Richter 6; Ubiparipovic 7, Beckie 6, Paterson 7 (Heinemann 57′, 6); Paulo Jr. 6 (Misik 80′), Wiedeman 8, Haworth 6 Ottawa Subs - DeBellis, Rafael Alves, Eustaquio, de Guzman, Misik, Heinemann Edmonton Lineup – (4-1-4-1) – VanOekel, Moses, Watson, Roberts, Edward, Laing (Nonni 46′), Fordyce, Raudales (Burt 71′), Jones, Nyassi (Boakai 81′), Ameobi Ottawa Goal/Assist – Wiedeman (Paterson 32′) Edmonton Goals – Ameobi (8′), Nyassi (14′), Fordyce (81′) --- You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro and @OFFCReview, and his Canadian Soccer News articles on Ottawa Fury FC at http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie and https://offcreview.wordpress.com.
  7. The winner from the 2 legs moves on to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the semifinals, with the winner of the tourney guaranteed a spot in the 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League. The Eddies hold a significant advantage going into the leg, with a 1-3 away victory one week ago in Ottawa. Ottawa dominated the 1st half of the 1st leg last week, entering halftime at 1-0, but the introduction of Lance Laing completely changed the dynamics of the play, with Edmonton scoring 3 unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes of the game. FC Edmonton comes off a NASL bye week, while the Fury lost to Ft. Lauderdale 1-3 at home on Saturday, with the lone goal coming off a corner kick from Ubiparipovic, which was converted by Rafael Alves. The Fury FC announced today that Oliver and Mike Randolph picked up knocks during the weekend and will miss the game, alongside Richie Ryan and Phil Davies, who have more long-term injuries. Chris Hofley has again hinted at a possible rotation in for Mason Trafford and Drew Beckie for this match. These cup ties are precisely the times when the boys need us the most, let’s get behind the lads as they go for a huge comeback in Edmonton, or at least go all out trying. We’re with you, lads. Fury FC, let’s do this shit. --- 2015 Fury FC Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) – Preliminary Round, 2nd Leg – FC Edmonton vs. Ottawa Fury FC Preview When: Wednesday, April 29, 2015 @ 10:00pm EDT Where: Clarke Stadium, Edmonton, AB (Watch at OttawaFuryFC.com, CanadaSoccer.com; Listen at TSN 1200 FM) Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (out – arm, expected back Fall Season), DM Richie Ryan (out – ankle, 1-2 weeks), LB Mike Randolph (out – knock), CAM Oliver (out – knock) Ottawa Returnees: LB/LW Brandon Poltronieri (return – knock) Ottawa Previous Matchday Lineup – 1-3 L vs. Ft. Lauderdale – (4-2-3-1) – Peiser; Randolph (Misik 86′), Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; de Guzman, Paterson (Wiedeman 67′); Paulo Jr., Oliver (Ubiparipovic 56′), Haworth; Heinemann Edmonton Previous Matchday Lineup – 1-3 W at Ottawa – (4-1-4-1) – VanOekel; Moses, Watson, Roberts, Edward; Granitto (Raudales 60’); Smith (Laing 59’), Jalali (Fordyce 70’), Jones, Nyassi; Ameobi Edmonton Players to Watch: Lance Laing, Sainey Nyassi, Tomi Ameobi Previous Match: Apr. 22, 2015 – VCup – Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton – 1-3 L – https://offcreview.wordpress.com/2015/04/23/2015-fury-fc-canadian-championship-voyageurs-cup-preliminary-round-1st-leg-ottawa-vs-edmonton-review/ --- You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro and @OFFCReview, and his Canadian Soccer News articles on Ottawa Fury FC at http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie and https://offcreview.wordpress.com.
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  9. Fury FC Observations – Talking points: The NASL Canada derby continues to get heated, with good banter pre and post-match on Twitter between opposing fans. Fury draws 2,500 on a chilly Wednesday evening opposite Game 4 of the Sens-Habs series. Lance Laing enters the field on the 60th minute and proceeds to inspire the Eddies to a rousing comeback after 1st half domination by Fury FC, as Edmonton runs out 1-3 winners. In other words, FC Edmonton < Ottawa Fury FC < Lance Laing. – Lineup and formation: Ottawa started the match in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the 3rd game in a row, hoping for the good vibes from the well-controlled possession vs. Minnesota on the weekend. There were 2 changes to the starting lineup, as Andrew Wiedeman was rotated in for Tom Heinemann and Sinisa Ubiparipovic made his first appearance after a late preseason injury, coming in at CAM at the expense of Carl Haworth. The team shape remained 4-2-3-1 throughout the whole game and all the substitutions. Diagram courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC. And Gabriel Pizza, niceee. Note, Paterson was LCM, JDG was RCM. – Canadian content: While only 1 Canadian started the game (Canada captain Julian de Guzman), 6 of the 7 on the bench were Canadians, with Patryk Misik and Carl Haworth coming on in the 2nd half. – Play: The 1st half was dominated by Ottawa, with one commentator noting that the number of shots was at 9-0 in Ottawa’s favour at one point in the match. Of note was the clever passing of Sinisa Ubiparipovic, the willingness to shoot by Oliver, who took advantage of a mixup off a long throw-in to put the Fury up 1-0 within 55 seconds, and the strong fullback display by Brandon Poltronieri. The introduction of Lance Laing completely changed the dynamic of the game in the 60th minute, with the left winger putting dangerous FKs on target, and providing a lethal combination of speed, energy and skill. Laing certainly brought the energy up on Edmonton’s part; however, an Edmonton PK earned after a soft handball call on Ryan Richter was saved by Peiser after Laing telegraphed his shot at the 63rd minute mark. Yet, the ball stayed in Ottawa’s half for the majority of the 2nd half, and Daryl Fordyce applied a predatory off-the-ball run and finish when Peiser spilled a fierce 25-yarder from Ameobi around the 82nd minute to make the game 1-1. Disaster struck for Ottawa when Laing eyed Julian de Guzman’s pass around his own penalty area the moment it left his feet, and swooped in like a vulture on to Rafael Alves to dispossess him of the ball at full speed, and then calmly applied the finish to put the game at 1-2 at the 88th minute. Soon after, Ottawa had a very good shout for a PK for a handball by an Eddies defender, who deflected the ball on to the post. Photo courtesy of Rogers TV and Phil (@GimmeMyJetpack). Then, in the 4th minute of injury time, Laing played a sumptuous give-and-go and outpaced Richter, who tried his valiant best to keep up, and delivered an inch-perfect cross between Romuald Peiser and Colin Falvey for Tomi Ameobi to finish, putting the Eddies up 1-3 away in what amounted to an incredible turnaround for the two teams. The Eddies did not have many chances during the game, but they were ruthless with the chances they did make. Miracles can happen and the Fury can still progress, and I never throw in the towel when it comes to sports. But last night was easily the most painful loss in Fury’s young history. – Looking forward: I say this with much love for Fury FC and the club, but I believe that Marc Dos Santos can’t always refer to the refs or say things like “just give em the ticket [to the Voyageurs Cup semi-finals]” in the post-game media scrum. Instead, Dos Santos has to admit defeat graciously when the better team has won for the night and express that sentiment to both the media and his players; that’s how the team learns and moves forward together. As the leader, he has to be the first one to congratulate Edmonton on the game and talk about preparation for the next league match against Ft. Lauderdale, as well as the 2nd leg next Wednesday at Edmonton. However, all Fury FC fans know and can see how much passion MDS has for Fury FC, the city of Ottawa and the fans. I believe that we will rebound strongly from yesterday, and that MDS is just the guy to lead the charge. I loved the fact that MDS said that he wants to be the Diego Simeone of Ottawa Fury FC; Simeone is a great role model for football managers and the fact that MDS is looking to emulate his coaching philosophy bodes well, in my humble opinion, for Ottawa footy. – Ottawa MotM: Brandon Poltronieri; Ottawa Honourable Mentions: Oliver, Sinisa Ubiparipovic — Key Fury FC Moments 1′ Ottawa Goal – Richter takes a long throw-in that bounces a bit around the penalty area before Oliver volleys it into the net, 1-0 Ottawa 7′ Edmonton – Eddies with a decent chance but good defensive clearance from Poltronieri 22′ Ottawa – Wiedeman with the curler from just outside the area, close! 38′ Ottawa – Beauty little reverse pass outside the area from Ubi, but Wieds cant finish it with his left foot 42′ Ottawa – VanOekel with the blunder, and Wiedeman cuts in front and gets ball first, but can’t finish from the tight angle 49′ Ottawa – Oliver with a snap shot just high from a nice Ubi pass. JDG follows up with a shot from far that goes over the bar 63′ Edmonton – Richter called for handball and then PEISER W THE PK SAVE ON LAING 66′ Edmonton – Peiser with the sick save on a Laing FK and then comes out hard to narrow angle on a shot from the subsequent play 82′ Edmonton Goal – Shot from outside the area saved by Peiser but the juicy rebound tucked from close range by Fordyce, 1-1 85′ Edmonton Goal – A shit play by JDG and Rafael Alves. JDG has been misplacing passes more than he should from the CM position, and his pass along the area is picked off by Laing from a retreating Alves, who should have cleared it before-hand, 1-2 93′ Edmonton Goal – Lance Goddamn Laing needed 30 minutes to carve Ottawa up. A nice give-and-go sees Laing outpace Richter before delivering an inch-perfect cross between Falvey and Peiser for Ameobi, 1-3 Edmonton --- 2015 Fury FC Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) – Preliminary Round, 1st Leg – Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton Review – 1-3 L When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 7:30pm EDT Where: TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON (Watch at OttawaFuryFC.com, CanadaSocer.com; Listen at 580 CFRA AM) Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (out – arm, 6-8 weeks), DM Richie Ryan (out – ankle, 3-4 weeks) Ottawa Lineup (4-2-3-1) (L to R): Peiser 6; Poltronieri 8, Falvey 5, Rafael Alves 6, Richter 6; Paterson 6, De Guzman 4; Paulo Jr. 6, Ubiparipovic 7 (Misik 69’, 6), Oliver 7 (Haworth 80’); Wiedeman 6 (Heinemann 72’) Ottawa Bench: DeBellis, Beckie, Trafford, Eustaquio, Misik, Haworth, Heinemann Edmonton Lineup (4-1-4-1) (L to R): VanOekel; Moses, Watson, Roberts, Edward; Granitto (Raudales 60’); Smith (Laing 59’), Jalali (Fordyce 70’), Jones, Nyassi; Ameobi Ottawa Goals/Assists: Oliver (Richter 1′) Edmonton Goals/Assists: Fordyce 82′, Laing 87′, Ameobi 90′ YouTube: Highlights – ;Full Match – You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro and @OFFCReview, and his Canadian Soccer News articles on Ottawa Fury FC at http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie and https://offcreview.wordpress.com.
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