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  1. 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.
  2. 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 ****. --- 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.
  3. 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 **** 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.
  4. The winner from the 2 legs moves on to face Vancouver in the semifinals, with the winner of the tourney guaranteed a spot in the 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League. As you can guess, tonight’s game is a massive one for Ottawa and Edmonton fans. The two clubs faced off at the same stage in 2014, with a 0-0 draw in Ottawa in windy conditions followed by a 3-1 win for Edmonton at home in the 2nd leg, enabling the Eddies to progress. They would go on to lose to Montreal in a heart-breaking fashion in the 7th minute of 2nd half injury time in the 2nd leg, due to a brutal call from the referee. The Impact went on to win the 2014 V Cup, and have progressed throughout the year in the 2014/15 CONCACAF Champions League, and are playing the 1st leg of the CCL Final tonight. The connection from the 1st leg of the preliminary round a year ago to the CCL final today seems profound today. There are a ton of talking points for today’s game, and a ton of trash talk flying on Twitter at this very moment as well. This game is notable for being both the first fixture in the 2015 V Cup, as well as the number of Canadians that will get minutes on both sides today. – Fury FC notes: Richie Ryan picked up a knee injury in training over the weekend and has been ruled out for 3 to 4 weeks, joining Phil Davies on the sidelines. While Chris Hofley had been hinting at a possible rotation in for Mason Trafford and Mike Randolph for this match, Richard Starnes has published what he believes to be the full starting XI, with the only player rotated in being Andrew Wiedeman, while Sinisa Ubiparipovic makes his return from injury to the CAM role for Carl Haworth, who is struggling with a bout of the flu. Canada MNT captain Julian de Guzman makes his return to the Voyageurs Cup, after having won it 3 times from 2010 to 2012 with Toronto FC, while Ubiparipovic boasts one cup triumph as well with Montreal in 2013. Rafael Alves and Tom Heinemann were named to the NASL Team of the Week for matchday 3 for their respective defensive and offensive performances vs. Minnesota, in a huge morale-boosting 1-0 win on Saturday. – FC Edmonton notes: The Eddies had a couple players of their own named to the NASL TotW, with Sainey Nyassi, and Tomi Ameobi earning the plaudits after the 3-2 comeback win over Ft. Lauderdale on Sunday. Lance Laing has been the key man for the Eddies for the past two seasons, and Ottawa is no stranger to his runs on the left flank, while Nyassi patrols the opposite flank. Laing’s corner kick goal from last year has remained a bit of a sore spot for Fury fans. Eddie Edward makes his return to Ottawa, which is always sure to be greeted by his family and friends in Ottawa, with the player born and bred in the nation’s capital and having come up through the youth academy and PDL side in Ottawa, and making a MLS appearance as well with Dallas. --- 2015 Fury FC Canadian Championship (Voyageurs Cup) – Preliminary Round, 1st Leg – Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton Preview When: Wednesday, April 22, 2015 @ 7:30pm EDT Where: TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON (Watch at OttawaFuryFC.com, CanadaSoccer.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), RW Carl Haworth (doubtful – illness) Ottawa Possible Starting Lineup (4-2-3-1) (R to L): Peiser; Richter, Rafael Alves, Falvey, Poltronieri; de Guzman, Paterson; Oliver, Ubiparipovic, Paulo Jr.; Wiedeman Ottawa Possible Bench: DeBellis, Beckie, Trafford, Randolph, Misik, Haworth, Heinemann Edmonton Previous Matchday Lineup – 3-2 W – (4-1-4-1) (L to R) – VanOekel; Moses, Watson, Roberts, Edward; Raudales (Granitto); Laing, Burt (Jalali), Jones, Nyassi; Jonke (Ameobi) Edmonton Players to Watch: Lance Laing, Sainey Nyassi, Eddie Edward Previous Match: Oct 18, 2014 – NASL – Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton – 0-2 L – https://offcreview.wordpress.com/2014/10/20/nasl-2014-matchday-25-ottawa-vs-edmonton-review/ --- The Fury FC picked up a 1-0 victory over MLS-bound Minnesota on Saturday in their season home opener. I was standing in the supporters section with the Bytown Boys on Saturday and have yet to have had the chance to rewatch the match fully on YouTube, due to a very busy week. The quick observations that can be taken from the match is that the new 4-2-3-1 formation is paying off significant dividends for the Fury, with JDG, Nicki Paterson, Richie Ryan, Patryk Misik and Mauro Eustaquio all more than suitable for the 2 DM positions. JDG in particular had an outstanding 2nd half, making tackles left and right, while Tom Heinemann scored the winner in the 67th minutes off a side-footer after nifty footwork to beat a Minny defender. Paulo Jr. has proven to be the x-factor for the Fury with his dynamic wing play, which has added an extra dimension to what the Fury have had in 2014. The Fury FC had picked up what was only their 2nd victory at TD Place in history, since their move during the 2014 summer break. The players were ecstatic after the match, with at least 5 players jumping into the supporters section in Section W after the game to receive the plaudits from the supporters. --- 2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 3 – Ottawa Fury FC vs. Minnesota United FC Review – 1-0 W When: Saturday, April 18, 2015 @ 3:00pm EDT Where: TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON (Watch at OttawaFuryFC.com, Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, TSN Go, ESPN 3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM) Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (out – arm) Ottawa Returnees: LW Paulo Jr. (short-term knock – return to starting lineup); DM Richie Ryan, AM Sinisa Ubiparipovic (mid-term injury – return to bench); CM Julian de Guzman (1-game suspension) Ottawa (4-2-3-1) – Peiser; Poltronieri, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; de Guzman, Paterson; Paulo Jr. (Ryan 76′), Oliver (Misik 87′), Haworth; Heinemann (Wiedeman 68′) Ottawa Subs: DeBellis, Trafford, Beckie, Ubiparipovic Minnesota (4-1-4-1) – Ndjock; Davis, Calvano, Dias, Kallman; Vicentini (Alhassan 67’); Steele, Ibson (Pitchkolan 33’), Ibarra, Mendes (Campos 74’); Ramirez Ottawa Goal/Assist – Heinemann 67′ Minnesota Goal – None 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.
  5. – Lineup and formation: Ottawa started the match in a 4-2-3-1 formation, a formation he has started with only once or twice in 2014, although it is frequently seen in the 2nd half of games. There were 4 changes to the starting lineup, as Paulo Jr. and Julian de Guzman joined Richie Ryan, Phil Davies and Sinisa Ubiparipovic on the sidelines due to injury and suspension. Nicki Paterson and Oliver returned to the XI from their own suspensions, while Tom Heinemann and Brandon Poltronieri came in to start for Andrew Wiedeman and Drew Beckie, after the two came off the bench last week. Dos Santos shifted the formation to a 4-3-3 in the 86th minute to close out the game and partly due to necessity after Poltronieri had to come off, due to cramps, for Mauro Eustaquio. – Canadian content: There was no all-Canadian midfield for the Fury this time, as two Canadians, Patryk Misik at RCM and Carl Haworth at RW, earned the starts. There were substitute appearances for two further young Canadians, as Beckie came on once again at DM, while Eustaquio joined him in the midfield near the end of the play. – Play: It seems that Dos Santos came out to use the long ball more than he normally would like to have done so this game, as he had pointed a number of times to the poor turf conditions in Atlanta, declaring it the “worst in the NASL”. This was pretty much confirmed with the 4-2-3-1 formation showcasing Heinemann leading the line. I thought Heinemann played a pretty decent game, winning a number of headers in dangerous areas and finding his teammates often with lay-offs and holding the ball up and even making two tackles on defenders that led to chances. But he fluffed his best chance, in the 1st half, and he mis-controlled one crucial pass to him in the area. I found that he was being used easily as a scapegoat by some fans after the game, but I believe it was the team and the staff instead that decided tactically to pump a number of long balls to him this match, with the poor turf conditions. I believe he did what he could with all these hoofed balls up to him, winning over 50% of the aerial duels against 2 CBs, which was a job well done in my opinion. I suspect his performance reflected the coaching staff asking the team to play long balls more than usual, if anything. I was hoping to see more of Oliver during the game in his role as a CAM. That is a key position and the player playing that role must exert his influence in the game. He did have one of the best chances in the game, getting on the end of Heinemann’s flick-on, but he was quiet most of the game when he should have had a more starring role, despite the turbulent incident he experienced just a day prior. I believe this is more of an indictment of how the team prepared for and went about this game, rather than Oliver per se, as the reliance on the long ball often bypassed Oliver in the CAM role. – Looking forward: Chris Hofley of the Ottawa Sun has reported that MDS expects the entire senior squad, minus Davies, to be back and match fit in time for the home opener this Saturday vs. Minnesota. That would mark the return of Paulo Jr., Ryan, Ubiparipovic, as well as the end of the 1-game ban for de Guzman. The Fury midfield suddenly looks far more deep as the fans welcome the team into TD Place/Lansdowne for the first time this season. – Ottawa MotM: Romuald Peiser; Ottawa Honourable Mentions: Nicki Paterson, Rafael Alves Lineups Diagram courtesy of LineupBuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6l10) Diagram courtesy of LineupBuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6l11) — Key Fury FC Moments 8′ Ottawa – Fury FC with the first dangerous attempt, as Oliver tries an ambitious 25-yarder that just goes wide 12′ Atlanta – The Silverbacks find Kyle Porter streaking in on the right flank with a long diagonal ball. LB Mike Randolph recovers just in time to make clumsy but fair challenge on Porter 20′ Ottawa – A dangerous corner whipped in by Paterson finds Alves and Falvey streaking in, with Falvey meeting the ball with a firm header that just goes over the bar 32′ Ottawa Goal – Randolph finds Poltronieri with a chipped ball into the left flank corner. Poltronieri does well to get to the ball and is fouled with a kick to the chest. The resulting FK from the corner by Paterson is dangerously whipped in low, and is glanced on by an Atlanta CB as it finds the net. Nicki proceeds with a celebration that makes light of the Oliver incident on the Air Canada flight, to the delight of players and fans. 0-1 Ottawa. Nicki with the early candidate for NASL Celebration of the Year. Photo courtesy of Rogers TV. 39′ Ottawa – A Poltronieri cross is met by a charging Haworth in the box, with Ottawa players asking for a handball on Haworth’s shot 40′ Ottawa – Heinemann is set racing clear all alone from a big clearance and a header from midfield, but he fluffs his lines with a tame shot to the keeper 45′ Atlanta – Peiser is called on to make a punch charging out of the 6-yard box after the Fury are slow to defend a quickly taken FK 48′ Atlanta – Peiser makes a great save and then Paterson is on the line to clear the shot from the rebound as the Fury escape one 56′ Atlanta Goal – An expertly put-together passing play finds Shaka Bangura behind the defense and he draws in Peiser and finds Kyle Porter all alone in front of the net. However, Porter is almost certainly in an offside position, but the assistant referee can not keep up with the pace of the passing and fails to raise his flag. 1-1. Atlanta F Kyle Porter looks to be in an offside position as he taps in the equalizer. Photo courtesy of NASL.com. 62′ Ottawa – A flick-on by Heinemann is met by a charging Oliver with a volley that just goes over 66′ Atlanta – Peiser makes a fabulous save with his legs after a missed tackle allows Atlanta to get behind the defense 71′ Atlanta – Peiser wins his MotM performance with this double save on Hans Denissen after a lifted pass goes over the head of Falvey, as the keeper shows his quickness on his feet 81′ 84′ Ottawa – Wiedeman makes his presence known quickly, with a shot from the CAM position testing the keeper, and then getting a head on a decent cross a few minutes after --- 2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 2 – Atlanta Silverbacks FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 1-1 D When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 7:30pm EDT Where: Atlanta Silverbacks Park, Atlanta, GA Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies, DM Richie Ryan, AM Sinisa Ubiparipovic, LW Paulo Jr. (out – injury); CM Julian de Guzman (out – suspension) Ottawa Returnees: DM Mauro Eustaquio, CM Nicki Paterson, LW Oliver (in – return from suspension) Ottawa (4-2-3-1) – Peiser 8; Randolph 5, Falvey 5, Rafael Alves 7, Richter 6; Paterson 8, Misik 7 (Beckie 76′, 7); Poltronieri 7 (Eustaquio 86′, N/A), Oliver 7 (Wiedeman 74′, 7), Haworth 6; Heinemann 7 Ottawa Unused Subs: DeBellis, Trafford Atlanta (4-4-2) – Cochran, Black, Mensing, McKenzie, Miller, Okafor (Denissen 66′), Reed, Oppong (Sawchak 88′), Porter, Horth (Chavez 71′), Bangura Ottawa Goal/Assist – Paterson 33′ Atlanta Goal – Porter 56′ — 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.
  6. Fury FC Observations Talking points: Referee blows several calls, resulting in a PK conversion for Carolina, a 3rd goal for Carolina and fury-ous protests from Julian de Guzman and co., rightfully so. Mohamed Dagnogo made the matchday squad, becoming the first call-up from the Fury Academy in its NASL era. Colin Falvey had a very tough and forgettable debut and must bounce back quickly next week. Play: Carolina brought the game to Ottawa with Ty Shipalane dominating proceedings from the right flank against Mike Randolph in the 1st half. Fury valiantly attempted to come back while down, and a conversion on the PK by Carl Haworth in the 25th minute would have brought the game even. Instead, Ottawa found themselves down 2-0 soon after. While Ottawa pressed hard and fashioned some good chances afterwards, with Paulo Jr. and Haworth leading the charge, Carolina remained dangerous on the counterattack. Lineup and formation: Ottawa lined up in its customary 4-3-3 formation, and handed debuts to 7 debutants. Due to the absence of 6 players to injuries and suspensions, including FIVE midfielders, de Guzman was handed a start at LCM despite joining the squad just 3 days prior, alongside Patryk Misik, who was making his pro debut, and Drew Beckie, a CB/RB who was asked to fill in at DM. Manager Marc Dos Santos shifted the formation to a 4-2-3-1 in the 65th minute to try to narrow the 2-goal deficit, with some success. Canadian content: An all-Canadian midfield, how’s that for Canadian content? De Guzman, Beckie and Misik formed the trio, while Haworth started at RW. Marcel DeBellis, Dagnogo and Mason Trafford remained on the bench, surprisingly for the latter, while Mauro Eustaquio was suspended for the match from his red card in the last match of the 2014 season. Looking forward: Ottawa will welcome back a minimum of four players, with Sinisa Ubiparipovic expected to be back from injury, while Nicki Paterson and Eustaquio will return from suspension to add to the desperately thinned midfield corps. Oliver will come into the squad and challenge Paulo Jr. and Haworth for a starting spot in the flanks against Atlanta. Carolina MotM: Ty Shipalane; Ottawa MotMs: Paulo Jr., Ryan Richter — Key Fury FC Moments 15′ Carolina – Fury FC gives up a chipped goal to Ty Shipalane, who was found all alone at the edge of the penalty area on their right flank 17′ Ottawa – A beautiful combination from Paulo Jr. and Julian de Guzman finds Patryk Misik all alone in the penalty box, but the shot is saved 25′ Ottawa – Ryan Richter comes streaking down the right flank and finds Paulo Jr with a perfect cross, who volleys just over from close range. Golden opportunity 27′ Ottawa – Andrew Wiedeman goes all alone into the box and is felled by a shoulder barge. A fortunate PK call for Fury FC. Carl Haworth steps up and curls it to his right but Gilstrap is equal to the PK and saves it 29′ Carolina – Disaster on the other end as Drew Beckie is penalized for a lunging tackle just outside the edge of the penalty area on Shipalane. Neutrals can judge for themselves on YouTube, but a key blown call. Beckie does not receive a warning, interestingly. Nacho Novo slots the PK in. 37′ 44′ Carolina – Mike Randolph makes a fantastic tackle to deny Carolina an opportunity, while Peiser comes up big just before HT 46′ 47′ Ottawa – The Fury FC receives the hair-dryer treatment from Dos Santos with their 2-0 deficit, and comes out strong to start the 2nd half, with key chances from corner kicks for Paulo Jr., Richter and Rafael Alves all being saved superbly by Gilstrap. 56′ Ottawa – Haworth makes a fantastic darting run across the middle of the penalty area, with his left-footed piledriver hitting the inside of the post 65′ Ottawa – Tom Heinemann comes on at ST and the formation shifts to a 4-2-3-1 with Beckie sacrificed and Wiedeman playing CAM (see below) 83′ Ottawa – Brandon Poltronieri’s FIRST touch as a Fury FC player is a header planted firmly in the back of the net, as he attacks a floated cross from the right flank by Paulo Jr., who’s been Ottawa’s best attacking threat all game 86′ Carolina – Key Peiser save to keep the game 2-1 90′ Carolina – De Guzman is pulled down by two hands on his shoulders with the ball but the referee astonishingly waves play on, despite all the players stopping their movement. Bracalello continues with the ball challenged half-heartedly by Rafael Alves, as none of the players can believe the play is still continuing, and he finishes the game through the legs of Peiser. 3-1, Carolina. De Guzman is cautioned and then sent off for protesting the decision and the goal. Horrendous refereeing, and I used to serve as a soccer and tennis referee for a number of years. Photo courtesy of RogersTV.com — Lineups and Tactics The Fury FC started the match in their customary 4-3-3 formation, with Drew Beckie filling in at DM as 5 Ottawa midfielders missed the game due to injuries or suspensions, while marquee signing Julian de Guzman started at LCM next to Patryk Misik. Andrew Wiedeman received the starting nod over Tom Heinemann, while Mason Trafford surprisingly remained on the bench. Lineup courtesy of lineupbuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/?sk=6jy83) With Ottawa down by two goals, the introduction of Tom Heinemann led to a shift in the formation to a 4-2-3-1, which we saw often in 2014 when Ottawa was chasing a lead, with Beckie being sacrificed in the 65th minute. Lineup courtesy of lineupbuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/?sk=6jy85) Poltronieri came in the 82th minute and was stationed on the left flank, as expected, with Misik departing the field and Haworth shifting to LCM. Lineup courtesy of lineupbuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/?sk=6jy87) — 2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 1 – Carolina RailHawks vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 3-1 L When: Saturday, April 4, 2015 @ 1:00pm EDT Where: WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, NC. Watch on Rogers TV Ottawa 22, TSN Go, OttawaFuryFC.com Ottawa Injuries and Absences: M Phil Davies, DM Richie Ryan, AM Sinisa Ubiparipovic (out – injury); DM Mauro Eustaquio, CM Nicki Paterson, F Oliver (out – suspension); GK Waleed Cassis (out – registration); F Mohamed Dagnogo (in – registration); CM Julian de Guzman (in – fitness) Ottawa (4-3-3) (L to R) – Peiser © 7; Randolph 6, Falvey 4, Rafael Alves 6, Richter 7; de Guzman 5, Beckie 5 (Heinemann 63′, 6), Misik 6 (Poltronieri 82′, 8); Paulo Jr. 8, Wiedeman 6, Haworth 6 Ottawa Subs Not Used – DeBellis, Trafford, Dagnogo Carolina (4-5-1) – Gilstrap, Wagner, Tobin, Scott, Knight, Anderson (Coleman 79′), Osaki, Albadawi, Hlavaty, Shipalane, Novo (Bracalello 72′) Ottawa Goals/Assists – Poltronieri (Paulo Jr.) 83′ Carolina Goals – Shipalane 12′, Novo 30′, Bracalello 91′ Ottawa Red Card – De Guzman 93′ — 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. However, there are a number of injury and suspension absences for the Fury. We know for sure that Phil Davies will miss the next month or two, while the club reminded us that Oliver, Mauro Eustaquio and Nicki Paterson are all suspended from bookings and dismissals accumulated from the 2014 season. In addition, captain Richie Ryan has not played in the last 3 preseason games, due to his recovery from a minor injury, while Julian de Guzman has only joined the squad for the first time on Tuesday, having played zero preseason games with the team. With Waleed Cassis, Mohamed Dagnogo and Matthew Foschini all unable or unlikely to join the matchday squad, the Fury may field a gameday squad of possibly 16 or 17 players, shorter than the usual 18. Of course, we can always imagine Martin Nash or the great old wobbly legs pitching in if needed. Currently, there are starting berths to be won at the 2 CB positions, at 2 of the midfield positions, and at the ST position. I’ve put out a starting lineup based on the preseason lineups and injuries and suspensions, but all Fury players will be expected to be ready to play a key part in starting off the season on the right note. The two Ottawa supporters groups, the Bytown Boys and Stony Monday Riot, are hosting viewing parties, at the Georgetown and the Heart & Crown – Preston, respectively, for anybody who would like to watch the games with some of the most passionate Fury FC fans out there! --- 2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 1 – Carolina RailHawks vs. Ottawa Fury FC Preview When: Saturday, April 4, 2015 @ 1:00pm EDT Where: WakeMed Soccer Park, Cary, NC. Watch on Rogers TV Ottawa 22, TSN Go, OttawaFuryFC.com Ottawa Injuries and Absences: M Phil Davies (out – injury); DM Mauro Eustaquio, CM Nicki Paterson, F Oliver (out – suspension); F Mohamed Dagnogo, GK Waleed Cassis (doubtful – registration); DM Richie Ryan, CM Julian de Guzman (probable – fitness) Ottawa Possible Starting XI (4-3-3) – Peiser; Randolph, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic, de Guzman, Misik; Paulo Jr, Wiedeman, Haworth 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.
  8. 2015 Ottawa Fury FC NASL Season Preview By Blog Smith (@BlogFuryFC) & Namu Yoon (@BBSC_SeoulBro) Photo courtesy of RedNation Online Club: Ottawa Fury FC Location: Ottawa, Ontario, Canada (City: 883,391; Metropolitan area: 1,236,324). The capital of Canada, Ottawa is situated on the Ontario side of the border between the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, with Gatineau forming the Quebec side of the metropolitan area. Stadium: TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON Located near Rideau Canal, one of Ottawa’s most iconic landmarks, the stadium was redeveloped between 2011 and 2014 as part of the plan to bring NASL soccer and CFL football to the city. The stadium is about 15 minutes south of downtown, in a central location within the city. The stadium has a full capacity of 24,000, although much of the north stands and some of the south stands are closed off to give a capacity closer to 8,000 for NASL matches. The club’s 2014 spring season was spent at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium while TD Place was being completed. Manager: Marc Dos Santos, 37, enters his second season behind the Ottawa Fury FC bench. Dos Santos has managed Montreal Impact in the USL and USSF (winning the 2009 USL First Division title) and Trois-Rivières Attak in the CSL, as well as serving as Technical Director for Desportivo Brasil before returning to Canada to coach the Fury. Dos Santos, affectionately known as MDS among Fury fans, favours a fluid and possession-oriented style of play primarily in the 4-3-3 formation. Captain: Richie Ryan, DM As of March 2015, the team captain is DM Richie Ryan, an Irish native who came through the Sunderland academy system, before playing in the Football League, Belgium, Scotland and Ireland. Ryan was named the PFAI Players’ Player of the Year in 2010, voted by players in the League of Ireland. Ryan combines strong leadership, quick short passes and accurate mid-range passes and strong tackling at the heart of the midfield in Ottawa’s preferred 4-3-3 formation. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen Key Player: Sinisa Ubiparipovic, AM/LCM Based on pure talent and performances alone, Ubiparipovic has to be the first name on the Fury FC teamsheet. Playing as the attacking midfielder on the left side of the midfield 3 in the 4-3-3 formation, Ubiparipovic was the main creative playmaker of the team in 2014, with his dangerous through balls to the front 3 often sparking the best chances of the game. However, his focus on offense sometimes distracts him from his defensive duties, which is crucial in stemming the opponent’s attack through the middle. However, his strong ball control skills will ensure that he continues to orchestrate much of the possession-oriented offense that Dos Santos has implemented. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC Supporter Groups: The Fury FC currently has three supporter groups. The Bytown Boys are generally the most enthusiastic and can be found at the front of Section W. Stony Monday Riot, standing at the back of Section W, are considered the most original among the groups, often mixing Canadian songs and artists into their chants. The Fury Ultras are a smaller group who have cool shirts. Photo courtesy of Stony Monday Riot 2014 Review: Finishing in 8th place in the final NASL standings, Ottawa did not set the league on fire in their inaugural season. Jumping from one stadium to another over the summer break did not do the Fury any favours, as they would go on to win only one match in nine games played at the new TD Place. The lowest point came as the Fury started the Fall Season by going four matches without a goal. While Ottawa was competitive in most of its matches in 2014, this stretch caused the Fury to drop out of the playoff hunt early. It was not all bad news for the Fury, however, as players such as Richie Ryan, Romuald Peiser and Oliver gave strong performances and hope for 2015. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen Notable Transfers In/Out In: LB Mike Randolph (Atlanta Silverbacks FC), LB/LW Brandon Poltronieri (Atlanta Silverbacks FC), CB Rafael Alves (Ft. Lauderdale Strikers FC), CB Colin Falvey (Charleston Battery), RB Ryan Richter (Toronto FC), CM Julian de Guzman (Skoda Xanthi, Greece), CM Patryk Misik (Slask Wroclaw, Poland), LW Paulo de Araujo Jr. (Nautico, Brazil), ST Andrew Wiedeman (Toronto FC) Out: GK Devala Gorrick (Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC), GK Chad Bush (CIS), LB Ramon Soria (NK Celje, Slovenia), LB O’Brian Woodbine (Charleston Battery), CB Kenny Caceros (released), CM Tony Donatelli (Baltimore Blast), LW P.R. Mayard (released), CF Vini Dantas (Pittsburgh Riverhounds) 2014 Best Matches Apr. 26, 2014 – Ottawa vs. Carolina – 4-0 W – First competitive win for Ottawa in NASL history, with a mesmerizing display that has not been matched yet in Ottawa’s history. Of note is Oliver’s brace en route to him being named NASL Player of the Week, the fantastic midfield domination by Ubiparipovic, Donatelli and Ryan, and the selfless running of Carl Haworth in his lone appearance as a ST (who was mostly stationed out on the wings during the season). May 17, 2014 – Indy vs. Ottawa – 2-4 W – An eagerly anticipated match that did not disappoint at all for Ottawa supporters. It was the Tony Donatelli show, as he had a very well-taken brace, highlighting his dominating performances for Ottawa during the spring season. Ryan also displayed his fantastic distribution of the ball, highlighting the differences between the two expansion cousins. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen May 31, 2014 – Ottawa vs. Edmonton – 1-0 W – The season debut of Tom Heinemann, who was laid off for a couple months with a preseason ankle injury, was one of the most memorable moments of Ottawa’s 2014 season. His introduction as a late sub, and then his glancing header from a free kick to win the game in injury time against our Northern cousins ensured that Ottawa would take home the Poutine Cup, as it is known only in America, in their first competitive match-up in the league (the two clubs played twice in the Voyageurs Cup in April, not worth talking about hehe). Oct. 1, 2014 – Ottawa vs. Atlanta – 2-0 W – Our lone victory in 2014 in our spanking brand-new stadium that we moved into for the fall season came against an Atlanta side that was in free-fall form at the time, and highlighted the fact that Ottawa could earn a professional win at home. Ottawa will be expecting many more of these professional wins at home if they wish to ensure a shot at the playoffs for 2015. 2015 Possible Best XI Ottawa (4-3-3) (R to L): Peiser; Richter, Rafael Alves, Falvey, Randolph; De Guzman, Ryan, Ubiparipovic; Haworth, Wiedeman, Paulo Jr. 2015 Preview Short version: The Ottawa Fury FC hope to build upon a 2014 season that did not go exactly as planned, but had glimpses of a team that could compete week in and week out with the best teams in the NASL. The Ottawa coaching staff will look for improvements from their youngsters: Oliver, Carl Haworth, Drew Beckie and Mauro Eustaquio, as well as continued standout performances from Richie Ryan, Romuald Peiser and Sinisa Ubiparipovic. The Fury emphasized defense over the course of the offseason, acquiring NASL veterans Mike Randolph, Rafael Alves and Brandon Poltronieri, as well as Irishman Colin Falvey. The team quite recently made their biggest signing to date, inking Canada MNT captain Julian de Guzman in an attempt to solidify their midfield, which was in need of further depth. The Fury FC will be harder to break down and score on this year, but an ability to put goals in themselves will be tested if Tom Heinemann and newly-signed Andrew Wiedeman can’t step up to give the Fury finishing in the final third that they lacked in 2014. Paulo Junior, another new signing, will be expected to provide further creativity and imagination. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Sun Long version: The offseason has been one that emphasizes a theme of continuity. With 13 players returning from the 2014 squad, including the entire coaching staff, and having 21 players as of the 1st day of preseason camp, the Fury are in a far stronger shape than they were at the start of camp the prior season. With this familiarity comes strong teamwork and a heightened sense of expectations among the players, coaching staff and the fans. The notable transfers have been across the back 4 and the front 3, as Dos Santos seeks to add strong competition among all 11 positions on the field. There will be an especially intense competition for spots at the 2 CB berths among Rafael Alves, Colin Falvey, Mason Trafford and Drew Beckie, which can only add to what was a good defense in 2014. The squad has far more NASL and MLS experience in its ranks, both from playing in the 2014 season and from bringing in proven stars in the league and those seeking to make their fortunes in NASL after mixed performances in MLS or having conquered much in USL Pro. The Canadian content of the squad is as strong as ever, with the Fury expected to once again lead in the number of minutes played by Canadians in the squad among all professional sides. The exciting signings in the front 3 have added speed and guile, two qualities that were somewhat lacking in the possession-oriented offense of 2014. Andrew Wiedeman has looked sharp all preseason and currently has the edge over Tom Heinemann, while Carl Haworth has had a strong preseason and has pushed 2014 team-leading scorer Oliver Minatel neck and neck for the starting position at RW. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC The late addition of Canada’s MNT captain Julian de Guzman to the central midfield adds the first mainstream name to the Fury FC in their young history, and completely changes the dynamics of the battle for starting berths in midfield. While he may or may not be able to get a game in with the Fury in their last preseason friendly on Tuesday vs. Wake Forest University, de Guzman may very well find himself in the starting lineup come opening day at RCM or at CDM, and will be an integral piece of the squad throughout the season. Nicki Paterson and Patryk Misik have both made strong cases to start at the CM positions throughout preseason, and may have done enough to prevent de Guzman or Ubiparipovic from simply walking into the starting lineup. As discussed above, the key to a successful 2015 season will be ensuring that the form at home translates to more points at TD Place, as the high % of ball possession must be converted to clear-cut scoring opportunities, all while making sure that the team is ready for the counter-attacks they will face at home. At times, the 4-3-3 formation isolates Ryan in front of the back 4 in transition, and so a 4-2-3-1 formation may be utilised time to time to stop the attacks through the middle, all while maintaining greater possession of the ball. If and when the team comes together, this team may truly break out strongly in its sophomore season. The anticipation among Fury fans continues to grow. — You can follow Blog Smith on Twitter at @BlogFuryFC and @OttawaFury, and his podcasts/articles on Ottawa Fury FC for RedNation Online at http://www.rednationonline.ca and https://blogfuryfc.wordpress.com. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro and @OFFCReview, and his articles on Ottawa Fury FC for Canadian Soccer News at http://www.canadiansoccernews.com and https://offcreview.wordpress.com.
  9. Phil Davies had a severe fracture in his right arm, and is expected to miss 6 to 8 weeks, according to Ottawa Sun. With this further blow to the midfield corps, it will be interesting to see who lines up in the 3-man midfield for tonight’s friendly vs. Wake Forest, and the season opener vs. Carolina. Sinisa Ubiparipovic, Nicki Paterson and Misik are the only 3 midfielders completely fit at the moment and could make up the mid today, while Julian de Guzman, once he has recovered from his Canada MNT matches, may make the lineup for the Saturday opener. Alternatively, today’s friendly may see a second XI come out, with those who have not started many of the games this preseason playing the bulk of the minutes. This may make sense with the team having just played a friendly on Saturday, with the league kicking off the following Saturday. If so, expect to see players such as Mason Trafford, Drew Beckie, Tom Heinemann and Brandon Poltronieri make their final cases to start for Saturday. The match kicks off at 7pm tonight in North Carolina. --- 2015 Fury FC Friendly – Wake Forest University vs. Ottawa Fury FC Preview When: Tuesday, March 31, 2015 @ 7:00pm EDT Where: Spry Soccer Stadium, Winston-Salem, NC Ottawa Injuries and Absences: M Phil Davies (out), DM Richie Ryan, DM Mauro Eustaquio, CM Julian de Guzman (doubtful), F Oliver (probable) --- 2015 Fury FC Friendly – Syracuse University vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review - 0-1 W When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 6:00pm EDT Where: SUNY Canton College Turf Field, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton NY Ottawa Injuries and Absences: DM Richie Ryan, DM Mauro Eustaquio, F Oliver (injured), CM Julian De Guzman (international duties) Ottawa (4-3-3) – Peiser (Cassis 75′); Randolph, Falvey (Trafford 60′), Rafael Alves (Beckie 60′), Richter (Foschini 80′); Ubiparipovic, Davies (Misik 25′), Paterson; Paulo Jr. (Dagnogo 70′), Wiedeman (Heinemann 60′), Haworth (Poltronieri 85′) Ottawa Goals/Assists: Haworth (Misik) (55′) 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.
  10. The Bytown Boys and the Stony Monday Riot peeps are planning to make the relatively short drive to Canton, NY for the game, contact their Facebook/Twitter if you are interested as well. The furious battles across at least 7 positions for a starting spot will continue. There are very few guaranteed starters for the Carolina game, and this will be the best chance for Fury fans to get a glimpse of the team before the season opener. And the level of excitement is off the charts at the moment! --- 2015 Fury FC Friendly – Syracuse University vs. Ottawa Fury FC Preview When: Saturday, March 28, 2015 @ 6:00pm EDT Where: SUNY Canton College Turf Field, 34 Cornell Drive, Canton NY Ottawa Injuries and Absences: DM Richie Ryan (probable), DM Mauro Eustaquio (injured), CM Julian De Guzman (international duties) --- For a detailed review of the FC Montreal-Ottawa Fury FC friendly from last week, check out this excellent review from CSN's Kevin Laramee here: http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/24th-minute/fc-montreal-ottawa-fury-post-game-r5107. --- 2015 Fury FC Friendly – FC Montreal vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 0-1 W When: Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 1:30pm EDT Where: Olympic Stadium, Montreal, QC Ottawa Injuries and Absences: DM Richie Ryan, DM Mauro Eustaquio (injured) Ottawa (4-3-3) – Peiser (DeBellis 72′); Randolph (Poltronieri 70′), Falvey (Trafford 55′), Alves (Beckie 55′), Richter; Ubiparipovic (Misik 60′), Davies, Paterson; Paulo Jr. (Haworth 70′), Wiedeman (Heinemann 55′), Oliver (Dagnogo 75′) Ottawa Goals/Assists: Wiedeman (Oliver) (1′) 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.canadians..._/ottcityfootie and http://OFFCReview.wordpress.com.
  11. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC De Guzman’s name had been whispered among Canadian and Ottawa footy observers for the past two weeks, ever since Steve Sandor of the11.ca first reported that De Guzman was entertaining several NASL offers while undergoing a trial at Columbus Crew. His signing marks a watershed moment for Ottawa footy in being the first widely recognized name among casual Canadian soccer fans to sign for the club, a name that even those who follow European soccer but do not follow North American club or international soccer can recognize relatively quickly. To more hardcore Canadian soccer fans, the matchup of JDG, aka Bobby, and the Fury FC is a connection made in heaven. As observers have put it, this signing certainly highlights the advantages that having more Canadian professional footy clubs brings to the Canadian national team, with one less member displaying his talents for Unattached FC. The signing has been widely acclaimed throughout the soccer media, with articles on De Guzman and Fury FC being published today across all media platforms one can imagine, including the Globe, Sportsnet and the CONCACAF official website. Beyond the obvious marketing appeal, what does De Guzman bring in terms of talent to the club? One could argue quite a bit, with De Guzman’s midfield play expected to bolster Marc Dos Santos’s possession-oriented approach. The club now has 6 talented CM’s for its 3 spots in the 4-3-3 formation. The most popular train of thought is that, once De Guzman acclimatises himself within the team through the remainder of the preseason, he could be expected to be a near-certain contender to start in the RCM position, mainly populated by Tony Donatelli (whose status is the 1 player that has never been fully determined this offseason) and Nicki Paterson in 2014. It must be noted that Paterson and Patryk Misik have both looked very good in the position in the preseason so far and will not give up their battle for a starting spot quite easily. Richie Ryan is a certain lock to start at DM, with Mauro Eustaquio expected to push him hard as he continues his development. The playmaker LCM position has been the domain of Sinisa Ubiparipovic, and the popular talisman will be expected to continue in his role in 2015 as well. While most observers have De Guzman pencilled in at RCM, I would suggest one alternate approach. I’ve always had much fonder memories of De Guzman chasing down Zidane in a bloodhound role while playing for Depor than trying to orchestrate play in the midfield as a DP for TFC. Additionally, I have seen Richie with some silky passing in midfield, while sometimes being overrun in an opponent’s counterattack. With that in mind, I would suggest De Guzman for the Makelele/Gattuso role at DM, and Ryan in the old Donatelli role at RCM, which I believe is easily playable by a left-footed player. Photo courtesy of Deportivo-La-Coruna.com With Ryan having nursed a knock and Eustaquio a minor injury the past 2 weeks, Phil Davies has been deputising as the starting DM during the last 2 preseason games. While Ryan looks set to return next week, the arrival of De Guzman means that Dos Santos now has a myriad of options at DM. I can also imagine, with De Guzman’s introduction, Paterson being asked to push Ubi hard in the LCM role this year, perhaps as a box-to-box alternative to Ubi’s talisman role, while Misik must certainly get his minutes in perhaps RCM, with his preason performances having caught many eyes. We will soon find out, with De Guzman linking up with the club after the current CanMNT camp in Florida, with the player most likely expected to join them in North Carolina, where the Fury will travel after their game against Syracuse University in Canton, NY tomorrow, to play their final preseason match away at Wake Forest University next Saturday, which will be followed by Ottawa's season opener vs. Carolina the following weekend. This has been one of the most enjoyable articles I have had the pleasure of writing while covering Ottawa Fury FC. It is certainly a watershed moment for the club. Welcome to Ottawa, Bobby! You can follow De Guzman on Instagram at @juliebobby. 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 http://OFFCReview.wordpress.com.
  12. This game may be the first time in our NASL history that we see Ottawa go up against one of their former players. CM Zakaria Messoudi, who was on loan for the spring season from Montreal and played well in his one appearance in the V Cup 1st leg against Edmonton, is now part of FC Montreal and may well see playing time tomorrow against the Fury FC, perhaps showing MDS how much he has improved since last season. Some interesting tidbits for Fury FC fans from the past week that you may or may not be aware of: CB Omar Jarun was released before the Rochester friendly, with the announcement shortly after that he was offered a 3-month contract by Indian I-League (not Super League) side Bharat FC. https://twitter.com/chrishofley/status/576359980934266880 Former ST Vini Dantas, who has been playing with Tony Donatelli in the MASL with Baltimore during the winter, has joined Pittsburgh Riverhounds (USL) for the 2015 season. This echoes former GK Devala Gorrick’s move to Colorado Springs, also in the USL. https://twitter.com/VinihaDantas/status/577479294018015232 As mentioned above, former CM Zakaria Messoudi, who was on a loan for the spring season from Montreal, will be part of the inaugural FC Montreal (USL) side for 2015. http://www.uslsoccer.com/ViewArticle.dbml?DB_OEM_ID=32800&ATCLID=209957932 --- 2015 Fury FC Friendly – FC Montreal vs. Ottawa Fury FC Preview When: Friday, March 20, 2015 @ 1:00pm EDT Where: Olympic Stadium, Montreal, QC Ottawa Injuries and Absences: DM Richie Ryan, DM Mauro Eustaquio (injured) --- 2015 Fury FC Friendly – Ottawa Fury FC vs. Rochester Rhinos Review – 1-1 D When: Friday, March 13, 2015 @ 10:45am EDT Where: Complexe Branchaud-Briere, Gatineau, QC Ottawa Injuries and Absences: CB Omar Jarun (released), DM Richie Ryan, DM Mauro Eustaquio (injured) Ottawa (4-3-3) 1st Half – DeBellis (Peiser); Randolph, Trafford, Beckie, Richter; Ubiparipovic, Davies, Paterson; Paulo Jr., Heinemann, Oliver Ottawa (4-3-3/4-4-2) 2nd Half – Peiser; Poltronieri; Falvey, Rafael Alves, Foschini; Ubiparipovic (Heinemann), Davies, Misik; Paulo Jr. (Dagnogo), Wiedeman, Haworth Ottawa Goals/Assists: Haworth (75′) Rochester Goals/Assists: Lanteri (20′) Ottawa Red Card: DeBellis (25′) You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his Canadian Soccer News articles on Ottawa Fury FC at http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie.
  13. 1st Half Ottawa lined up in its customary 4-3-3 formation, with no less than 6 newcomers sprinkled throughout the starting XI, including three new signings in the back four. TFC II also lined up in what looked like a 4-3-3 formation from my vantage view in the corner, with the lack of much knowledge on my part on the roster of TFC II and the Academy and the scant media information at the closed-doors friendly allowing me to take only an educated guess at the positioning of a couple players below (Martin Davis and Marcos Nunes in particular). Ottawa Fury FC – 20150306 – 1st Half The attacking play from Fury FC in the 1st half was bright and encouraging, with the ball zipped around the front 3 in a fluid manner. Andrew Wiedeman often played facing the keeper rather than having his back to the keeper, and was able to move the ball around left and right to find the wingers. The first goal came from a dribble and a short pass by Carl Haworth on the right flank to the middle, with Wiedeman then finding Paulo Jr. with another short pass into the left side of the penalty area, and the winger curling a delicious effort into the far top corner in the 7th minute. Toronto FC II – 20150306 – 1st Half In the backline, Rafael Alves in particular touched the ball often and was entrusted with bringing it up from the backline. However, the pace of Hamilton gave Alves and Colin Falvey some trouble, and a killer through ball from Mark-Anthony Kaye from the left flank found Hamilton streaking in diagonally to meet the ball and outpacing Falvey before sliding it past Romuald Peiser to tie it up at 1-1 after 15 minutes. Peiser was kept busy with further dangerous threats from TFC II, with Kaye the focal point of the USL side’s attack from his LW position, always eager to go 1v1 against Ryan Richter and get into the box, as TFC II tried to play balls over the top to find Kaye or Hamilton. However, Ottawa continued to control possession and had two further chances to extend their lead, with Haworth (or Wiedeman) nearly lobbing Alex Bono from the right flank after the keeper came out to meet a through ball, and then Wiedeman and Paulo Jr. both finding themselves around the six-yard box trying to deke out Bono and look for the perfect finish but being denied by Emeka Ononye on the line. TFC II unexpectedly took the lead in the 25th minute when a quick free kick taken from near the center circle founds its way over the heads of the two CBs and found Hamilton all alone to apply a confident left-footed finish off the right post past a frustrated Peiser. The 1st half was incredibly action-packed, and saw Ottawa tie it up at 2-2 when Wiedeman found a streaking Patryk Misik and laid it off to him on the right side of the penalty area for the midfielder to finish it from a tight angle past Bono. I have been told this description by the Fury FC Director of Communications, as I missed the play (lolz) while I had my head down for 15 seconds to live-tweet a disallowed goal just a minute prior for Ottawa from a free kick, due to a phantom foul on Bono. 2nd Half The 2nd half saw the introduction of a fresh set of 11 players for the Fury FC, with 8 familiar faces returning from last season in the lineup, while Brandon Poltronieri made his preseason debut at LB, academy product Mohamed Dagnogo came in at RW, non-roster Australian Matthew Foschini practicing with the team for match fitness playing at RB, and Phil Davies coming in at RCM, in a position that I always thought he could play with his good technique. Ottawa Fury FC – 20150306 – 2nd Half The 2nd half was much calmer than the 1st half, as the familiarity between Mason Trafford and Drew Beckie helped quell the attacks, while Tom Heinemann used his strength to muscle off the TFC II defenders with ease and hold the ball up. Heinemann’s playing style of having his back to the goal meant that he was often laying off the ball to the midfielders running through the middle, particularly Nicki Paterson, rather than finding the wingers more, which I thought was the main difference between him and Wiedeman. Heinemann’s style also meant that the team was winning more corners from cleared crosses, and there were a number of opportunities from these corners, with Foschini tucking in the rebound off one such set piece in the 65th minute to give Ottawa the 3-2 lead, which turned out to be the final score. Poltronieri made a number of overlapping runs on the left flank and created some dangerous opportunities, while his counterpart Mike Randolph had often made some crucial last-man tackles in the 1st half, which I thought was another interesting difference between 2 players in the same position in the two halves. Heinemann also had two other opportunities during the half, with his brute strength and fitness creating the first one as he shrugged off a defender to find himself alone in the penalty area but denied by a great save from Bono, while a through ball found the striker with space near the end of the match but his left-footed strike whizzing inches above the bar. TFC II did not create many chances in the 2nd half but had one final effort by Anthony Osorio from the left side of the area that bounced off the far post to conclude the match. Ottawa next faces another USL side in Rochester Rhinos on Friday at 10:45am in Gatineau for the 2nd of their 5-game preseason action, while TFC II continues its preparations for its first ever match in USL away at Charleston Battery on the 21st. --- Toronto FC II vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 2-3 When: Friday, March 6, 2015 @ 2:45pm EST Ottawa Injuries and Absences: CB Omar Jarun (absent) Ottawa (4-3-3) – Peiser; Randolph, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic, Ryan, Misik; Paulo Jr., Wiedeman, Haworth Toronto II (4-3-3) – Bono; Charpie, Ononye, Simonin, Robertson; Nunes, Mannella, Davis; Babouli, Hamilton, Kaye Ottawa Subs – DeBellis; Poltronieri, Trafford, Beckie, Foschini; Paterson, Eustaquio, Davies; Oliver, Heinemann, Dagnogo (45′) Toronto II Subs – Roberts, Edwards, Bouchard, Osorio, Stakic, Godinho (45′) Ottawa Goals/Assists: Paulo Jr. (Wiedeman) (7′), Misik (Wiedeman) (39′), Foschini (Davies) (65′) Toronto II Goals: Hamilton (Kaye) (15′), Hamilton (Mannella) (24′) You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his Canadian Soccer News articles on Ottawa Fury FC at http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie.
  14. Ottawa Fury FC March 2015 Lineup – Returning Players (mostly) Fierce Competition in Defense The competition for the CB positions will be the most closely watched during the preseason, with 2014 ironman Mason Trafford expected to battle for minutes with notable newcomers in Rafael Alves, fresh from his run to the NASL finals with Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, and Colin Falvey, who was recognized for his outstanding play in the USL and in the Indian first division. Omar Jarun also played a strong role in the backline last season and re-signed with the club during the off-season but has been an absentee from preseason camp and will not be in Toronto for the friendly. The addition of Mike Randolph and Brandon Poltronieri, both from Atlanta, will strengthen the LB position, which was oft-contested last season, while Ryan Richter has been signed after a successful loan stint with the Fury FC, and will compete most likely with Drew Beckie in the RB spot. Romuald Peiser has staked a heavy claim at the starting GK spot with his excellent half-season in 2014, but Marcel DeBellis is continuing to develop after spending a number of formative years in Italy and will continue to push for a starting spot. Waleed Cassis, an Ottawa native, is currently on trial with the club. Ottawa Fury FC March 2015 Lineup – New Signings (mostly) Exciting Signings in the Attacking Corps The front 3 spots in MDS’s 4-3-3 will be up for fierce competition as well, with the CF position contested by incumbent Tom Heinemann and newcomer Andrew Wiedeman, who joins after an eventful few years at Toronto FC. Fellow signing Paulo Junior comes in after stints in MLS and the Brazilian Serie B, and is expected to add some speed and jazz into the 4-man winger corps alongside 2014 leading points-getter Oliver, and Canadians Carl Haworth and Phil Davies. Finally, forward Mohamed Dagnogo has joined the squad for the trip to Toronto, after impressing in the Senior Fury FC Academy side, which will be playing in the PLSQ 1st Division for the first time this season, and will look to stake his claim in the first team. Toronto FC II March 2015 Lineup – Courtesy of Waking the Red (http://www.wakingthered.com/2015/2/24/8077339/projecetd-tfc-ii-lineup) Settled Veteran Midfield The midfield is more settled, with most of the 2014 starters returning, in playmaker Sinisa Ubiparipovic, energetic Nicki Paterson, and captain and midfield lynchpin Richie Ryan, while Mauro Eustaquio returns to continue his rapid development. The loss of Tony Donatelli is somewhat tempered by the signing of former CanM20 international Patryk Misik, while Poltronieri may also be expected to play in midfield. Other Notes With this being the first preseason friendly of the Fury FC season, the players will be expected to be rotated at halftime and feature for a maximum of 45 minutes, as gaining match fitness and easing back into the rigours of the season will be priority at this point. However, the number of new exciting signings certainly add a degree of competition among the players and anticipation among the fans, and the storylines will become clearer as the preseason progresses. The game also highlights the significant development of club footy in Canada in recent years, after the demise of the original CSL, with Toronto FC II representing a significant developmental milestone for Canadian footy, with a proper reserve side playing in the North American football pyramid. The side consists mostly of standouts from the TFC Academy side that dominated the League1 Ontario in 2014, as well as other players that stood out in the league and is trialling with the USL side this preseason. As someone who has been eagerly watching the advances in the Canadian football pyramid and someone who purchased both Fury FC tickets and TFC II season tickets 5 minutes after it was officially launched, I will be one very happy observer in the stands tomorrow afternoon. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  15. Misik was in a Canada U20 camp in 2012 (http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-m20-off-to-usa-costa-rica-p152663), playing alongside former Fury M Zakaria Messoudi and current Fury M Mauro Eustaquio. Photo courtesy of Fakt Sport Poland. He went on to play with the Canada U21 squad that was coached by Fury FC technical director Philip Dos Santos at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie (http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-names-u-21-squad-for-francophone-games--p154992; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_at_the_2013_Jeux_de_la_Francophonie#Canada). However, he was not a part of the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship squad for Canada. He spent his youth career in the Toronto and Brantford areas, playing with the Toronto Lynx academy and Brantford Inter-City SC youth club, and then progressing up to the Brantford Galaxy SC CSL side, winning the 2010 CSL Championship. From there, he made the move to Poland to play for the reserve team of WKS Slask Wroclaw in the Polish first division. According to Stuart MacTaggart (@FuryFanatic) of RNO, who first reported the Misik signing, the midfielder is expected to compete for one of the two CM positions as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder, most likely competing with Nicki Paterson for the RCM position. It’s absolutely fantastic to see the commitment that Marc Dos Santos has for young Canadian players. Welcome back to Ontario, Patryk! — OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/detail/uuid/66zpj6ns2jeh1r3vmweu8kqr0/fury-fc-add-depth-in-midfield-signing-canadian-patryk-misik#.VNThrXvG_Gx RNO: http://www.rednationonline.ca/Articles2015/FuryaddCanadianmidfielderPatrykMisik.aspx — The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) announced the 2015 Voyageurs Cup, or the Amway Canadian Championships, dates for the 5 MLS and NASL clubs yesterday. Fury FC will play at home against FC Edmonton in the preliminary round to qualify for a semi-final date against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 22, before traveling to Edmonton a week later, with FCE’s higher rank in the league standings affording them the privilege of hosting the 2nd leg in the two-legger. The winner of the 5-club competition will qualify for the 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League, with this being a shift from previous V Cup editions. Photo courtesy of Rogers Sportsnet and Vancouver Whitecaps FC. As a proponent of the footy pyramid in North America, I, and others, would love to see a Canada Open Cup in the near future that will include, in addition to MLS and NASL clubs, the USL Pro, NPSL, USL PDL, L1O, PLSQ, PCSL clubs in the top 4 tiers of the Canadian soccer pyramid, and why not in the future dream even bigger and open it up for the 5th-tier provincial club teams in the future as well. For any of you confused by the acronyms I just spitted out, check out this Wikipedia article for a simple diagram that shows the relationships between the various tiered leagues! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_soccer_league_system You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  16. With both Toronto FC and Montreal Impact firmly engrained in the footy culture of Ottawa-Gatineau, a match-up against either team has been seen as a golden opportunity for Fury FC fans in any competition, both to assert themselves against the big boys from the major cities, and/or to reconcile the love that people often felt for two, or sometimes even three, of these clubs. --- Ottawa Fury FC 2015 Pre-season Schedule Friday, March 6 - Toronto FC II (Unconfirmed) vs Ottawa Fury FC (Kia Training Centre at Downsview) *Closed Doors* Friday, March 13 - Ottawa Fury FC vs Rochester Rhinos (Complexe Branchaud-Briere - Gatineau, QC; 10:45AM) Friday, March 20 - FC Montreal vs Ottawa Fury FC (Olympic Stadium) *Closed Doors* Saturday, March 28 - Syracuse University vs Ottawa Fury FC (Syracuse University, NY) Tuesday, March 31 - Wake Forest University vs Ottawa Fury FC (Wake Forest University, NC) --- When the schedule was announced yesterday, there were plenty of excitement from Fury FC fans to see the names of not one but both of the two MLS clubs, as well as a home date at Complexe Branchaud-Briere, which hosted a couple of pre-season games in 2014. However, the initial announcement was followed up with a couple of caveats. The Gatineau game at the Complexe against USL Pro side Rochester Rhinos has been announced as 10:45AM on a Friday morning, which unfortunately will dissuade all but the most hardcore fans from being able to attend. In addition, the TFC and the IMFC games were declared closed-doors friendlies closed to all fans, irrespective of if they were planning to make the trip to Toronto and/or Montreal. Finally, the Red Patch Boys forum, dedicated to TFC, pointed out that the senior side had its MLS regular season opener on Saturday, March 7th, away at Vancouver, and were certainly not going to be in Toronto on Friday the 6th, much less play a friendly the day before their opener. I looked at the IMFC schedule and noticed that their senior side will be away at New England on Saturday, March 21st, and therefore would not be playing against the Fury on the 20th either. Finally, IMFC confirmed on Twitter that it in fact would be FC Montreal, their new reserve side in USL Pro, that would be facing the Fury in FCM's final friendly of 2015 before their regular season kicked off on March 28th. https://twitter.com/impactmontreal/status/562411684401537024 We can safely assume that the other likely opponent for the Fury will be Toronto FC II, the new reserve side in USL Pro for TFC. This being said, the lineup of opponents for the Fury is still quite exciting from a Canadian footy point of view, with TFC II and FC Montreal heralded as possibly one of the most important steps in Cdn footy developmental history, as it finally provides a meaningful bridge between the senior MLS sides and the youth academies that the MLS Reserve League could never hope to provide. Courtesy of Toronto FC. The fact that the Fury FC will be playing their friendlies against these two sides should be lauded for the significance it brings to the development of Canadian footy over the past two years, as the number of professional Canadian sides has jumped from 4 in 2013 to 8 in a matter of two years. While the Fury FC media and communications team has had a history of slightly exaggerating some of their announcements, with cases such as the news on Bruce Grobbelaar, Rafael Alves and now the TFC/IMFC preseason matchups, they should perhaps realize that those who follow their announcements the closest are well aware of the significance of Bruce, Rafael Alves and the new USL Pro sides, and perhaps should feel more than comfortable in being forthright in their announcements and lead the way in acknowledging to the fans just how significant these developments are for what they are. After all, Rafael Alves has just been voted on OFFC Review as the most exciting signing yet of the 2015 off-season. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  17. Photo courtesy of NASL. The signing of CB Rafael Alves from Ft. Lauderdale Strikers answered the question of the "big international" signing that the Fury FC media team had hyped for a week or two. While your correspondent looked at the team's need for a RB at the time and MDS's Portuguese connections, he had the image of Miguel Monteiro, formerly of Valencia CF, somehow joining the ranks of Fury FC, but that was not to be. Rafael Alves does bring significant height to the middle of the back four, and composure on the ball from the backline, and was a significant catalyst in the Strikers' late surge that carried them all the way to the finals of the 2014 post-season, also known delightfully as the Soccer Bowl. His signing, along with that of Mike Randolph, brings leadership and know-how of the league, and cannot be understated as an extremely solid signing for the club. He has been communicating regularly with Paulo Jr. on social media, as they share Brazilian and Floridan roots together. A fun fact about Rafael Alves is that he was in fact the very first scorer against Fury FC in its NASL history, in our 1st match away at Ft. Lauderdale. Tactically, he is expected to slot in as the starting RCB next to Mason Trafford. However, I would actually envision him having even greater success as a LCB that can go toe-to-toe with the opposing CF in the air. I would instead advocate for a more agile defender at the RCB position, to provide support and back-up to the RB, who usually has the role of facing the opponent's best dribbler. These players, when they are right-footed, usually line up as a LW/CAM/SS (an inverted winger, such as CR7, Hazard, Messi, Robben, Ribery, etc., with Walter Restrepo, Hanson Boakai and our own Oliver Minatel the most notable NASL examples). I believe Drew Beckie is, at the moment, our most agile defender and our best candidate for the RCB position. I will delve into a further tactical discussion of the team when the team has completed its signings for the preseason. Photo courtesy of MLS. The signing of CF Andrew Wiedeman was a pleasant surprise to Fury FC fans, as the player is immensely popular in Ontario (http://vocalminority.ca/wet-wiedeman-is-no-more-andrew-wiedeman-signs-with-ottawa-fury-fc/), especially among Toronto FC fans, of which there are many in Ottawa. Wiedeman has not featured much on the pitch in 2014, but is considered to have immense potential, having laced up for the USA U18 side earlier in his career. He has a penchant for scoring in wet rainy conditions (#WetWiedeman), and has been a key player in TFC's off-field activities, while also displaying a mean Twitter/Instagram game. https://twitter.com/awiedeman3/status/559822507167866880 Tactically, Wiedeman is expected to go head-to-head with Tom Heinemann for the starting CF position. Wiedeman has shown good volleys during his time with TFC, able to get on the end of crosses into the 6-yard box, with Fury FC fans crying for predatory finishers. With his familiarity of the provincial climate, and with his good friend Ryan Richter also on the team, there is a great opportunity for Wiedeman to fire off his career right here in Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen. The re-signing of Ryan Richter, this time on a permanent basis, was warmly welcomed by Fury fans, with Richter given the opportunity to continue to dominate on the right flank for Ottawa. With an incredibly disappointing start to his Fury FC career after signing on loan from TFC in summer 2014, twice giving away the ball and earning a yellow card while playing in an unfamiliar CB role, Richter seemed as his OFFC career would not be given another opportunity. Yet, he seized the opportunity back in his familiar RB spot, wresting the starting position away from Beckie and Andres Fresenga, and has not looked back since. Tactically, Richter has made the RB spot his own, with his tall frame allowing him to cover a lot of ground significantly both offensively and defensively. His running style reminds me of Maicon, of AS Roma, and he has been great in his overlaps on the right flank, combining well with Haworth, Oliver and Davies. Photo courtesy of Express Ottawa. Finally, OFFC announced that they will not be bringing back LB/RB O'Brian Woodbine. The player was a favourite of mine, as he showcased blazing speed and fierce determination in his defending in the 5 matches that he played. I believe that in those 5 matches alone, he showed that he was at the highest class of NASL defenders, our own Stephen DeRoux, and I believe that he will find a home shortly, and that it would be a loss for the club if he were to sign for a league rival. His status as an international player was the most likely factor counting against him, but his strong play at LB in what was not his natural RB role, indicates to me that he should be an automatic starter at another NASL club were he to sign in the league. Good luck, O'Brian! --- Currently, I would project an opening day starting lineup of Peiser; Richter, Rafael Alves, Trafford, Randolph; Paterson, Ryan, Ubiparipovic; Oliver, Heinemann and Paulo Jr., in a 4-3-3. I, however, would not mind seeing an opening day starting lineup of Peiser; Richter, Beckie, Rafael Alves, Randolph; Paterson, Ryan, Ubiparipovic; Oliver, Heinemann and Paulo Jr., in a 4-3-3. The team is currently most in need of additional fullbacks on both sides and two more CMs, as well as a keeper. Ottawa currently has 2 keepers, 1 RB, 4 CBs, 1 LB, 4 CM's, 4 wingers, and 2 CFs in their senior side, as of February 2nd. A player that has been strongly rumoured to join Fury FC is Brandon Poltronieri, a LB/LM who played with Randolph in Atlanta in 2014, and is currently training at the OFFC facilities. Chris Hofley and Stuart Mac have reported that MDS is looking at one more CB, possibly an international, and would push Beckie out to RB. As mentioned in my previous post, the players are expected to report to training camp in Ottawa and take medicals by no later than February 16th, according to Graeme Ivory of Fury FC. The pre-season schedule for the 2015 spring will be coming out later today. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  18. The signature of LB Mike Randolph has been embraced positively by the Fury FC fans, with his NASL experience, pace and leadership, as captain of Atlanta Silverbacks in 2014, seen as impactful in a position that saw 3 players tried out with varying degrees of success. Photo courtesy of Atlanta Silverbacks FC The return of M Sinisa Ubiparipovic and F Oliver is quite signifiacnt to the Ottawa offense, as the two players were the most dangerous offensive weapons on the team for the 2014 season. Their familiarity with manager Marc Dos Santos's expectations will be a huge boon for OFFC. The re-signing of D Drew Beckie ensures that the Fury will have another positive year of bravery and determination from the young defender, while F Phil Davies brings technique, crossing and whipped balls from the set pieces. GK Marcel DeBellis is looking forward to his new role as the #2 keeper for Ottawa. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen With the players currently signed, the Fury FC have 5 international spots filled out of 7, and one more will soon be filled this week with the addition of an international defender. With 13 of the 15 players having played with Ottawa last season, this team has a significant amount of continuity that will help tremendously for their 2nd season together. Currently, CSN projects an opening day starting lineup of Peiser; Beckie, Jarun, Trafford, Randolph; Paterson, Ryan, Ubiparipovic; Paulo Jr, Heinemann, Oliver. The team is currently most in need of additional fullbacks on both sides, two more CMs and a CF, as Ottawa has 2 keepers, 3 CB's, 1 FB, 4 CM's, 4 wingers, and 1 CF in their senior side as of January 20th. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen The Fury FC players will be returning to training camp in Ottawa and take medicals by no later than February 16, according to Graeme Ivory of OFFC. With the expected addition of a significant signing in defense this week, the Fury FC off-season is truly ramping up. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  19. Haworth had a good season in Ottawa, being one of 2 players to make the jump to NASL from the 2013 Fury PDL team, along with GK Chad Bush. Displaying a lot of heart and aggression on either flanks whether chasing a loose ball or harrying the fullbacks, Haworth also filled in admirably on the wings, considering that he is naturally a striker. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Sun. He also shows a lot of selflessness on the pitch, able to connect with teammates close by and making off-the-ball runs when needed. However, he will need to work on his end product for the 2015 season from the wings, as he will have to improve his crossing and getting more often into the penalty area. I believe that he will continue to show good development into a winger, and he may seize his opportunity if he is given more chances as a striker. Eustaquio is a young talent at the heart of midfield who was the main man to sub in for Richie Ryan at DM whenever he was needed. Displaying good tackling and silky smooth long passes from the position, Eustaquio is being watched closely by both Ottawa and Canadian supporters, with many cheering on his development on and off the pitch. Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen. He still showed his youth on some occasions, with the player sometimes being caught holding on to the ball in dangerous positions, and making a rash tackle that resulted in a straight red in the last regular season match, but these are things that the player is certainly learning from and will only get better in 2015. Congratulations to Carl and Mauro, this is fantastic news for Ottawa and the two players during a very festive period. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  20. Signing of LW Paulo Araujo Jr. The winger has shown how excited he is to return to North America after a year home in Brazil with Nautico in Serie B. Paulo Jr. also boasts valuable MLS and NASL experience at Real Salt Lake, Miami FC/Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, and the Vancouver reserves. Paulo Jr. is a speedy and technical player who is right-footed and likes to cut in from the left wing, though he was stationed on the right wing while at RSL. He is often more than eager to go for lengthy dribbles and shots from various spots on the pitch, though he does like to hold on to the ball, and has suffered from some injury and fitness issues at Salt Lake and Vancouver. However, he will certainly be a contender to start at LW in Marc Dos Santos's 4-3-3 formation, fulfilling the same role that Oliver and Carl Haworth did in the system, as an inverted winger cutting inwards looking for quick passes and shots more so than crosses. While P.R. Mayard did not return, there has been encouraging signs from Dos Santos that both Oliver and Haworth will be re-signed for 2015 and will compete with Paulo Jr., though there hasn't been much word on Phil Davies. Paulo Jr. is represented by Nicolas Clavijo, who is also the agent for Richie Ryan. Clavijo was a teammate of Paulo Jr. on the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers squad, and is the son of Fernando Clavijo, technical director of FC Dallas, and part of the 1994 US MNT WC squad. As Ft. Lauderdale Strikers was owned by Traffic Sports back in 2012, and with the elder Clavijo having been the manager of the 2009 version of the team, on which Paulo Jr. also played, there may very well be some lingering connections to Traffic Sports, who is inextricably connected to NASL and CONCACAF. Release of GK Devala Gorrick The keeper was fantastic in his displays throughout the 2014 season, with his reflexes being a particular highlight, and most fans believe that he will have no problem landing quickly on his feet in a league of similar calibre. He has proved himself as a NASL-level keeper, and with experiences in Puerto Rico, Thailand, Sweden and Germany, he may yet decide to set sails abroad again if he chooses. Gorrick also started a blog midway through the season (devalagk.blogspot.ca), which was notable in its well-composed writing and some great insight into the life of a professional football player, written in a humble and narrative way which fans found quite endearing. He will certainly be missed by Fury FC fans, and we wish nothing but the best to Devala in all his future endeavours. Temporary loaning out of DM Richie Ryan The captain is likely heading off to Peterhead FC, in the Scottish League One (3rd tier), on a short-term loan, as first shared by Blog Smith of Blog Fury FC and later expanded upon by Stuart Mactaggart from Fury Fanatic. Chris Hofley of Ottawa Sun reported that the club plays in Ryan's partner's hometown, which would serve the couple well during the long NASL off-season. As Ryan is more than comfortable with the 10 to 11-month European season, this sounds like the perfect way for Ryan to keep his competitive season going. Other 2014 Fury FC players who we currently know are playing in other clubs during the NASL off-season include CM Tony Donatelli and ST Vini Dantas, playing with Baltimore in the MASL. As reported previously, Dantas's contract was not renewed as he was released, while there has been little news from Ottawa on many other players whose contracts have also expired, including Donatelli. All in all, the off-season remains busy for Ottawa throughout the festive period. There will certainly be a plethora of news come January. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  21. This is a very exciting development for Ottawa soccer, especially in light of the USL Pro announcements from Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver in the past month. With the U15 boys capturing the SYL championships in their age category just last week, we had been wondering how OFFC was planning to fill out their developmental structure, with their newly restructured academy a big but not full part of the puzzle. With the U19 side being the highest level in the Fury FC Academy, the new PLSQ teams will consist of the U19 side competing in the first tier of the Division 3 league, while the U17 side will be competing in a newly created second tier of PLSQ. Duane Rollins has also stated that a L1O side may still come to Ottawa for 2016, and would most likely be a Fury FC affiliate, though this would be conjecture at this point. Other leagues that could still be considered for a Fury FC U23 reserve side in the future include NSPL and USL PDL. It is absolutely encouraging to see the Fury FC continue to put in the proper framework for the development of Ottawa-Gatineau soccer players. This is great news for Ottawa youths playing high-level soccer, and we hope to see further developments from Fury FC in the future. The addition of a U23 reserve side in NPSL or USL PDL will be the next priority, as well as bringing back a top women’s side, perhaps in League1 Ontario. We will be looking out for further announcements from the club on where the PLSQ academy sides will play their home games.
  22. Soria had a solid year playing at both LB and CB, displaying a good level of consistency that helped fill the void of Maykon to injury and later to a mutual departure. He was a fan favourite for his steadiness and versatility, but he found himself relegated to the bench for the run-in of the season with the signing of O’Brian Woodbine. Caceros is a local favourite who is born and raised in Ottawa, having gone through both the Fury academy and the senior club during Ottawa’s USL PDL days, as well as a stint with the defunct Ottawa CSL side, and has strong connections to the Ottawa footy community. He did not get much playing time and his departure was not unexpected, but Ottawa supporters will certainly be following his next move closely. Mayard started the season slowly but was a important factor in the resurgence of the club midway through the fall season, with his energetic running down the left flank contributing a new dimension to the Fury offense. However, he was displaced in the starting XI after a good run and was unable to crack the starting lineup again. Dantas had a strong and memorable season, and his departure has caused the greatest amount of anguish among Fury FC supporters. He will go down in Fury folklore as the first goalscorer in the NASL club’s history, with a header against Minnesota in the 50th minute, and was versatile enough to play as a winger and a CAM in addition to his usual striker role. While he showed great touches and passing skills that belied his robust appearance, the fact that he was not considered an automatic starter while occupying one of the 7 international spots in the roster, similarly to Soria, counted against him in the very end. He was a great producer on the pitch, however, and his points per minute, including both goals and assists, must certainly be one of the highest in the team, with a number of strong cameos off the bench. Dantas may have left the club to look for starting opportunities in another club or a league if he was unable to force himself into reckoning for a starting spot. The supporters have expressed their gratitude to the 4 players and their best wishes for the players for the 2015 season and beyond. They formed a strong basis of the Fury family in a truly memorable first season. You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
  23. Goalkeepers GK Romuald Peiser – Namu Yoon (NY): Can make spectacular saves, and can pull off a string of good saves. Could do better on 1-on-1 chances and breakaway chances. Blog Fury FC (BF): A strong leader that can make unbelievable saves; however, often gets flustered in a crowd. GK Devala Gorrick – NY: Great reflexes, and communicates strongly with his defenders. Could do better on aerial balls and crosses into the area. BF: Has a high competitive level and great positioning, but is lacklustre in air. Defenders LB/CB Ramon Soria – BF: A versatile, smart defender who can deliver great deep crosses into box, but should work on defending in space. NY: Good bursts up the field with the ball, and versatile on both the left flank and in centre. Sometimes beat for pace by faster wingers. LB/RB O’Brian Woodbine – BF: Quick, tough defender always a threat to join the attack but is sloppy at times and gives away too many fouls. NY: Confident in both attack and defense, and can match faster wingers for pace. Outmuscled by more physical wingers time to time. CB/LB Mason Trafford – BF: The team's workhorse is a tenacious defender. Is an average, not spectacular, all-around player. NY: Composed in central defense, and initiates a significant number of attacks with good passing. Needs to win more aerial duels on crosses and long balls from the opposition half. CB Omar Jarun – BF: Is physically unmatched on the field, and is an offensive threat on set-pieces. However, is often caught out of position by his lack of speed. NY: Very aggressive and physical, and leads the back four well with strong communication. Ball control could be better, with quicker passes out of the backline. CB/RB Drew Beckie – BF: The best slide-tackler on team has the ability to mark anyone on the field, but must work to avoid costly mistakes. NY: Hustles for the ball, and makes brave tackles and shots blocked. Needs to ensure that clearances get the ball out of the danger area. RB/CB Ryan Richter – BF: Strong on the ball and great in anticipating when to push forward in attack, but lacks focus sometimes and must work on being more team-first. NY: Very good with the ball while attacking on the right flank, and is physical on defense. Needs to ensure consistency, with fewer mistakes on the ball in our own half. Midfielders CM/CAM Sinisa Ubiparipovic – NY: Great imaginative passing, and fine technique on the ball. Should help out on defense more if playing in central midfield. BF: The best pure dibbler on the team who runs at defenders creating offensive opportunities, but lack of conditioning cost him down the stretch. DM Richie Ryan – NY: Wide and composed vision from central midfield, and makes strong tackles in midfield. Can not be allowed to get caught up field while playing as the only defensive midfielder. BF: Arguably the best passer in the league and the club’s vocal leader. However, his marking is poor for a DM, and he simply needs to run more. DM/CM Mauro Eustaquio – NY: Good passing on long balls to the wingers and fine tackling in centre mid. Must be careful not to get caught in possession holding on to the ball. BF: Plays the game like a veteran player and has great range and is an adept defender, but a bad mistake cost Fury final match of season. CM/RM Tony Donatelli – NY: Smooth link-up between midfield and offense, and always seems to find the open man. Must improve speed to help out on defense and to get into the opposing penalty area. BF: A physical presence in midfield with great vision and is patient under pressure, but lacks imagination and creativity in final third. CM/RM Nicki Paterson – NY: Good through passes and energetic in the midfield. Could improve on being more accurate with long-range shots and passing. BF: Not afraid to take a shot, and will track back and defend; unfortunately, he disappears in some matches and must work on making more medium to long passes. Attackers LW/RW/CAM Oliver Minatel – BF: Fury's leading scorer while playing limited minutes is a rare goal-poaching winger. Doesn't always bring his A-game and needs to improve an inconsistent work rate. NY: Great athleticism in the penalty area, and brave in the air. Could get more involved in the build-up play with the striker. LW P.R. Mayard – BF: Strong and quick with the ability to stretch opposing defenses down the flanks; however, his technique needs to be worked on for him to stand out. NY: Enthusiastic on the left flank, and can cross the ball well. Should attempt to pick out the right short passes when needed. CF Tom Heinemann – BF: Tremendous work-rate with an uncanny resilience to constant hard tackles/fouls; however, must do better to create scoring chances on his own. NY: Great physical presence up top, and can finish a variety of different chances. Could work on better positioning for the aerial duels. CF/CAM Vini Dantas – BF: An accomplished possession-type dribbler with incredible vision to create great goal-scoring opportunities; however, should work on becoming a more clinical finisher. NY: Really good play with the back to the goal, and can pick out nice chipped passes. Must provide a stronger presence in the penalty area. RW/LW Carl Haworth – BF: Is very quick with exceptional close-quarter ball control and isn't lacking confidence and skill to pull off the unbelievable. Needs to work on playing in space and crossing the ball. NY: Very energetic and aggressive and a good example to follow on the pitch. Could work on getting into and getting more involved inside the penalty area. RW/RB Philippe Davies – BF: The best crosser on the team who plays defense as well as he does wing. Needs to become more well-rounded to be a consistent starter. NY: Best crosser on the team, and nice technique on the flanks. Could look for more involvement in the offensive buildup and on defense. Other Fury FC Players GK Marcel DeBellis, GK Chad Bush, LB Maykon Araujo, CB Kenny Caceros, RB Andres Fresenga, CM Hamza Elias, CM Zakaria Messoudi You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview. You can follow Blog Smith on Twitter at @BlogFuryFC, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at BlogFuryFC.wordpress.com, and his contributions to the Ours is the Fury podcast at @OttawaFury.
  24. Team MVP Blog Smith: Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Runner-up: Oliver) - This was not an easy decision and could easily be 4-5 different players. Ubi was the most consistent midfielder all year and an offensive threat whenever he touched the ball. Showing incredible skill on the ball, he was catalyst for the possession game the Fury were able to maintain (and often dominate) in most matches. Namu Yoon: Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Runner-up: Tony Donatelli) – The Fury FC midfield was the strongest component in the team throughout the year, and Richie Ryan (my 3rd choice) provided the rock-solid stability and Donatelli provided the silky link-ups between defense and offense. However, Ubi was the magician that made the Fury offense possible, with his fantastic through balls to the strikers and the wingers, and the great technique to weave around the defenders when needed. Offensive Player of the Year Namu: Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Runner-up: Oliver) – As described above, he was the talisman that made the team function in its possession-oriented game, while he was also capable of the magic moments that broke open a game with his precise through passes. Oliver showed incredible athleticism in the penalty area, leading the team in goals scored, with the majority of his goals coming off his head while playing as a winger in a 4-3-3 formation. That’s just astounding. Honourable mentions to Tom Heinemann/Vini Dantas for their leading of the forward line and Carl Haworth for his non-stop running. Bloggy: Oliver (Runner-up: Vini Dantas) - The Fury's leading goal scorer and the only NASL Player of the Week winner from the club, Oliver was able to score some incredible goals from the wing, a position that produced almost no offence throughout the year. Seven goals and three assists in an injury-shortened season is undeniably incredible. Defensive Player of the Year Bloggy: Romuald Peiser/Devala Gorrick (Runner-up: Drew Beckie) - This may seem a bit like cheating, but it's hard to pick one without picking the other. In a year that had many defensive lapses, both Peiser and Gorrick were outstanding all season, with both making very few mistakes while often saving the team with highlight-reel saves. Ottawa finished 5th in the league in goals conceded. Namu: Romuald Peiser/Devala Gorrick (Runner-up: Drew Beckie) – Easily the hardest pick for me, personally. At the end of the day, when I thought about who were the players that helped keep Ottawa’s strong defensive record, it had to be the two keepers, who both displayed fantastic reflexes in net, and kept the team in the game for numerous occasions. Among the defenders, Beckie displayed a strong amount of grit and hustle that enabled him to win headers and block numerous shots, even taking in a concussion in the spring season as a result, while also helping start the passing game from the back. Honourable mention to O’Brian Woodbine for showing great 1-on-1 defensive skills in the games that he played after being picked up near the end of the season. Young Player of the Year Namu: Drew Beckie (Runner-up: Oliver) – Both Beckie and Oliver were integral to the side for their relative youth, but I felt Beckie’s all-around contribution when on the field was just that little bit better than Oliver’s, despite Beckie playing only about 75% of the league matches, due to both injury and team selection. Bloggy: Oliver (Runner-up: Drew Beckie) - At 22, the young Brazilian has many years ahead of him, and if he can build on an amazing 2014 season, he has the potential to be scary-good in this league, if he isn't already. Moment of the Year Bloggy: Oliver's last second equalizer against Carolina at TD Place that led the Fury out of the basement of the league table and into the best run of the year for the Fury, who would shortly find themselves in the thick of the playoff race (Runner-up: First Fury win 4-0 over Carolina). Namu: The home openers at Carleton and Lansdowne. The home opener at Carleton brought back a high-calibre professional footy side to Ottawa and was the culmination of a great amount of dedication by the OFFC staff, while the Lansdowne opener put Ottawa firmly on the North American footy landscape (Runner-up: The epic last-minute winner by Tommy Heinemann off the bench vs. FC Edmonton in the spring season). You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview. You can follow Blog Smith on Twitter at @BlogFuryFC, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at BlogFuryFC.wordpress.com, and his contributions to the Ours is the Fury podcast at @OttawaFury.
  25. Ottawa took the lead in the 16th minute off a curled effort from outside the box from M Nicki Paterson, who took captain duties due to a suspended Richie Ryan, as the team looked strong throughout the 1st half. However, a dangerous tackle from DM Mauro Eustaquio, who was filling in for Ryan, in his attempt to nullify a quick counter-attack from the Strikers resulted in a straight red card in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half, and resulted in a desperate push by Fort Lauderdale for the equalizer that would give them a near-certain probability of qualifying for the playoffs. The precious goal for the home side came in the 86th minute from a well-struck half-volley on the turn from a left-flank cross by local product Aly Alberto Hassan, and the moment sent the entire team and Fort Lauderdale supporters into near delirium, as Ottawa could only watch on at what might have been in their maiden season in the 2nd tier of North American soccer. The draw snapped a 3-game losing streak for Ottawa, and gives the Fury supporters a sense of relief heading into the off-season, as the club and the fans look back at a strong season on and off the pitch in the NASL. Highlights such as the last-gasp home win over FC Edmonton and the record-breaking attendance in the Landsdowne opener will be well-cherished, and we will conclude the regular season with a season review this week, while continuing to report on major off-season moves from the nation’s capital. Starting Lineup There were numerous changes to the lineup, to account for the suspension of Ryan and the injury of F Tom Heinemann, as well as reflecting the desire of manager Marc Dos Santos to assess his players one final time before the off-season. Ironman CB Mason Trafford was rested for this game after a long season in which he played every minute possible, allowing Ramon Soria to start at LCB next to Drew Beckie. Romuald Peiser, O’Brian Woodbine and Ryan Richter kept their spots otherwise in the defense. Eustaquio has been the man to fill in whenever Ryan misses a game, after the failed experiment of playing Tony Donatelli in the DM position for Ryan in the spring season, and Eustaquio started next to Paterson and Donatelli. Playmaker Sinisa Ubiparipovic started the game on the bench after being subbed out at halftime last week, in what was a bit of a bad omen for the talisman heading into the off-season. Carl Haworth made a welcome return to the starting XI after a long period in which he was forced out of the starting lineup after an injury coincided with a good stretch of form for the Fury. He was joined up top by Oliver and Vini Dantas. CSN OFFC MotM CB Drew Beckie for his fine marshalling of the back four and some crucial defensive interventions. Lineups and Stats Ottawa (4-3-3) – Peiser; Woodbine, Soria, Beckie, Richter; Paterson ©, Eustaquio, Donatelli (Ubiparipovic 89’); Oliver, Dantas (Davies 73’), Haworth (Trafford 82’) Ft. Lauderdale (4-5-1) – Contofalsky; Guerrero ©, Antonijevic (Hassan 78’), Alves, King; Pecka (Chavez 58’), Nunez (Jenison 55’), Marcelin, Anderson, Chin; Picault Ottawa Goal: Paterson (16′); Assist: Donatelli (16′) Ft. Lauderdale Goal: Hassan (86′) Ottawa Red Card: Eustaquio (54′) Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions and Absences: Ryan (suspension), Heinemann (injury) Ottawa Stats Leaders: Shots – Dantas (3); Challenges Won – Dantas (10) Ottawa NASL Overall Record: 8th; 7-6-14; 27 points Ft. Lauderdale NASL Overall Record: 4th; 11-7-9; 40 points You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.
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