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, DM Richie Ryan (out – injury); DM Mauro Eustaquio, CM Nicki Paterson, F Oliver (out – suspension); F Mohamed Dagnogo, GK Waleed Cassis (doubtful – registration); AM Sinisa Ubiparipovic (doubtful – injury), CM Julian de Guzman (confirmed in – fitness)
Ottawa Possible Starting XI (4-3-3) – Peiser; Randolph, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic, de Guzman, Misik; Paulo Jr, Wiedeman, Haworth
The regular season kicks off on Saturday at 1pm at Carolina!
There has been a number of hard-fought battles across the starting XI throughout preseason. The last few games, excluding the Wake Forest U friendly, have seen a somewhat settled side, indicating that manager Marc Dos Santos is comfortable with who his starters for the Carolina game will be.
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!
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