NASL 2014 Matchday 1 at Fort Lauderdale Recap

Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Ottawa Fury FC – 2-0 L

Ottawa (4-3-3) – Gorrick 6; Maykon 6, Trafford 7, Jarun 7, Beckie 6; Ubiparipovic 7, Ryan (c) 7, Paterson 7; Oliver 6, Dantas 5, Haworth 5

Subs – DeBellis; Soria 6, Fresenga; Donatelli 6, Elias, Davies; Mayard 7

Goal, Assist – None

Here are a few articles from our NASL debut, a 2-0 loss at Fort Lauderdale.

My quick thoughts on the game are that we made some good passes and touches in the middle of the park, but lacked the killer dribble or pass or instinct in the final third of the pitch. We controlled the ball and had 65% of the possession and a greater number of chances, which will manifest itself in more positive results throughout the season, but the team was warned by Coach Dos Santos about the threat of the Strikers’ counter attacks at HT and yet broke down badly during one such move.

Overall, a great experience for Ottawa footy fans to see this day, and I hope the domination of possession that Coach favours will result in clearer chances in front of our home crowd next week.

GK and D: Great assured keeping from Gorrick. Great distribution from Trafford, good defending from Jarun and Beckie. Great touches from Maykon in the 1st half. In the 2nd half, the Strikers attacked our left flank with long balls and through balls and attacked our right flank with overlaps, and they had more chances, particularly in the first 15 minutes.

M: Looked great, the strongest unit in the team during the game, with Ubi showing good dribbling and playmaking, and Paterson and Ryan showing good passing and touches throughout the game. Struggled with a couple of the long passes because of the strong wind in the 2nd half.

F: Looked good in the 1st half, but not as much in the 2nd half. 1st half saw some very good interchanges and one-two’s. 2nd half saw some passive crosses, as opposed to the much more dangerous crosses that Fort Lauderdale whipped in. Would be great to see a stronger presence up front in the middle.

NASL: http://www.nasl.com/…-0#.U0o7h5K9KSM

OFFC: http://www.ottawafur…le#.U0o9kJK9KSN

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun…erdale-strikers

CDN Soccer News: http://www.canadians…ury-FC-fall-2-0

BlogFuryFC: http://blogfuryfc.wordpress.com/2014/04/15/fury-strikers-game-recap/

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