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  1. So a couple of episodes back(not the last one but the one before that I believe) on footysoldiers they were talking about naming the teams and more than that sort of the club "mission statement"/"Identity" that would be the basis for each club. They mentioned "farmer johns" in regina and the regina regiment as well as privateers in halifax and how that can influence a team from the top-down so that there is always a clear purpose for how the team is going to play. Another example was the 86ers and how when they came in they said they were going to play BC guys and they were going to go f
  2. With FC Edmonton having played their last game in 2015 on Sunday their focus is now on 2016. Miller alluded to 5 players being released after the season after Sunday's game. First news, it looks like Kareem Moses has been released based on his latest Instagram post. From the supporters point of view it's a shame to see him leave as he seemed to really connect with the crowd, but looking objectively at his role in Edmonton he was the third best CB and probably equivalent to Zebie at LB. When someone who is a borderline starter takes up an international spot they will be in tough to be re-signe
  3. Corus Entertainment is buying Global TV, the increased size of Corus now with 33 percent of TV audience on over the air puts another major player in play. Corus is HQed in Toronto. Corus is a content company with majour focus on women and kids.... but is there a place for Corus to operate a sports franchise and put the games home and away on Global TV ? Global formerly owned the Blizzard... "In 1979, Global – then a regional network in Ontario – purchased the Toronto Blizzard soccer team and produced and aired coverage of the team's games in-house. The team was not a success on the f
  4. Florida Cup happening in January. Wish we could organize little tournaments like this for our NASL clubs. During the NASL summer break would be more ideal obviously.
  5. The NASL's announcement of it's 13th franchise being awarded to Puerto Rico FC, under the ownership of NBA star Carmelo Anthony, is a bad news story all around for Canada's two NASL teams and the potential for additional clubs in Canada. For Edmonton and Ottawa, their travel bill just got bigger. Puerto Rico last played in the NASL in 2011, the Islanders went on hiatus following that season, originally planning a fall 2012 return then 2013, before eventually going belly up. The current structure of the league (Spring and Fall Schedules) is not amenable to having teams play twice on a tri
  6. Alrighty, keeping track of folks in the NASL this year. Think I have everyone listed ATLANTA SILVERBACKS (2) Dominic Oppong - MF - '86 Kyle Porter - FW - '90 FC EDMONTON (11) Tyson Farago - GK - '91 Christian Kaiswatum - GK '97 John Smits - GK - '88 Marko Aleksic DF - '96 Edson Edward - DF - '88 Mallan Roberts - DF - '92 Allan Zebie - DF - '93 Hanson Boakai - MF - '96 Michael Nonni - MF - '89 Sadi Jalali - FW - '95 Frank Jonke - FW - '85 OTTAWA FURY FC (9) Chad Bush - GK - '94 Marcel de Bellis GK - '91 Drew Beckie - DF - '90 Mason Trafford - DF - '86 Philippe Da
  7. 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
  8. 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. Lauder
  9. Fury FC Observations – Talking points: The NASL Canada derby continues to get heated, with good banter pre and post-match on Twitter between opposing fans. Fury draws 2,500 on a chilly Wednesday evening opposite Game 4 of the Sens-Habs series. Lance Laing enters the field on the 60th minute and proceeds to inspire the Eddies to a rousing comeback after 1st half domination by Fury FC, as Edmonton runs out 1-3 winners. In other words, FC Edmonton < Ottawa Fury FC < Lance Laing. – Lineup and formation: Ottawa started the match in a 4-2-3-1 formation for the 3rd game in a row, hoping for t
  10. 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
  11. Also, they talked about the recent 1-0 loss of the CanWNT against France, about the Impact in the Concacaf Champions League, about the signing of Kenny Cooper by the Impact and about Kevin's upcoming trip to Mexico City for the final! Plus the famous Canadian Review! Support the show by becoming a patron and gain access to exclusive content live from The Concacaf Champions League Final in Mexico City next week! https://www.patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings Until next time, have a great soccer! @24thminute @KevLaramee https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/two-solitudes-soccer-podcast/id8336169
  12. – 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 s
  13. 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
  14. 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 F
  15. 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
  16. Today on a very busy Two Solitudes Soccer Podcast, Duane and Kevin talked to Dave Clark of Sounder at Hear about the Sounders and their great potential this year. They also talked about the NASL and its place in Canada, could it be the answer to our needs? Plus, a 401 Derby happened last Saturday between FC Montreal and Toronto FC 2 and they talked about the importance of the USL going forward, a USL Radio preview of some sorts! Canada Men's National Team Senior Program is on a hotstreak, winning their last two game 1-0 and 3-0 against Guatemala and Porto Rico . And to cap off a jam pack show,
  17. 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
  18. 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, 2
  19. Today, Kevin and Duane previewed the upcoming NASL season with Steven Sandor of Plastic Pitch and the11.ca. Plus the famous Canadian Review and the debut edition of USL Radio! Until next time, have a great soccer! Support the Two Solitudes by becoming a patron! patreaon.com/twosolitudes5rings for all the details! @24thminute @KevLaramee https://www.patreon.com/twosolitudes5rings https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1XTTehckvHGtr1OXC9Bs6g http://feeds.feedburner.com/TwoSolitudesPod http://www.stitcher.com/podcaâ¦/the-two-solitudes-mls-podcast https://itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/two-solitud
  20. 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 short
  21. 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 attack
  22. 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 abse
  23. 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
  24. 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' la
  25. 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-
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