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 7; Poltronieri 8, Falvey 6, Rafael Alves 8, Richter 8; de Guzman 8, Paterson 8; Paulo Jr. 7 (Ryan 76′, 7), Oliver 7 (Misik 87′), Haworth 6; Heinemann 8 (Wiedeman 68′, 7)
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
OFFC Fury FC MotM – Nicki Paterson, Honourable Mentions – Ryan Richter, Julian de Guzman
HOME OPENER VICTORY, WHAT A DAY!!
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.
I will be rewatching the game today on YouTube and post a full detailed recap here today or tomorrow. Until then, please enjoy the pictures, recaps and videos below from the 1-0 home opener victory!
Remember that the Fury are back in action at TD/Landsdowne this Wednesday in the 1st leg of the Voyageurs Cup preliminary round at home vs. FC Edmonton, with the winner of the two legs moving on to face Vancouver Whitecaps FC in the semis.
If you enjoyed the atmosphere, why not check out Section W on Wednesday or Saturday with Bytown Boys, Stony Monday Riot and Fury Ultras? Here are some photos that Fury FC shared of Section W from Saturday. Come onnn you Fury!
Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/17/fury-enters-busy-stretch-with-home-opener-canadian-championship; http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/18/dos-santos-means-it-positions-up-for-grabs; http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/18/fury-fc-dominant-in-home-win; http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/19/ottawa-fury-fc-turns-attention-to-edmonton
Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/local-sports/ottawa-fury-blank-minnesota-in-their-nasl-home-opener; http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/soccer/home-win-propels-fury-toward-amway-championship
RedNation Online: http://rednationonline.ca/Articles2015/FurydownLoonsinHomeOpener.aspx
Canadian Soccer News:
Northern Starting XI: http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/fury-impressive-in-home-opener-over-united/
Blog Fury FC:
RNO Ours is the Fury:
The Sound and the Fury: https://soundcloud.com/furyfanatic/the-sound-and-the-fury-episode-3-loons-n-eddies
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.