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, 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), 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/
Fury FC supporters, it’s that wonderful time of the year, it’s VCup time!
The Fury FC faces FC Edmonton in the Voyageurs Cup (Amway Canadian Championship) preliminary round 1st leg tonight, as the match kicks off at 7:30pm at TD/Lansdowne.
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. As you can see, tonight’s game is a big one.
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. It’s always interesting to see the connection from the 1st leg of the preliminary round a year ago to the CCL final 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 flu.
Rafael Alves and Tom Heinemann were named to the NASL Team of the Week for matchday 3 for their respective D and O 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 is still 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 it all the way to a MLS appearance a couple years ago.
NSXI: http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/fury-vs-eddies-acc-preview-eddies-look-for-result-on-the-road/; http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/fury-look-to-break-down-a-defensive-fc-edmonton-as-2015-vcup-begins/
Blog Fury FC:
Last Word on Sports:
RNO Ours is the Fury: http://www.rednationonline.ca/Podcasts2014/OursistheFuryFurypluckLoonsathomeopener.aspx
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.