Category Archives: NASL Match Reviews

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 10 – Ottawa vs Jacksonville Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 10 – Ottawa Fury FC vs. Jacksonville Armada FC Review – 2-0 W

When: Sunday, July 5, 2015 @ 3:00pm EDT

Where: TD Place, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON (Watch at Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, OttawaFuryFC.com, TSN Go, ESPN3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM)

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Nicki Paterson (ACL, season), F Oliver (knee, 1-2 weeks), DM Julian de Guzman (international duty, 2 weeks), ST Aly Hassan (registration, 1 week)

Ottawa Returnees: DM Richie Ryan (knee)

Ottawa Lineup (4-3-3) – Peiser; Trafford, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic (Davies 86′), Ryan, Eustaquio; Paulo Jr. (Heinemann 74′), Wiedeman (Poltronieri 72′), Haworth

Ottawa Subs – DeBellis, Beckie, Davies, Poltronieri, Dagnogo, Heinemann

Jacksonville Lineup (4-3-3) – Gallardo, Trejo, Hrustic (Nicklaw – 59’), Bahner, Rodriguez (Toby – 81’), Hoyos, Flores, Scaglia, Castrillon (Krizanovic – 79’), Keita, Johnson

Ottawa Goal/Assist – Trafford (Wiedeman) 12′, Heinemann (Poltronieri) 85′

Jacksonville Goal – None

Ottawa Attendance – 6,150

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 9 – San Antonio vs Ottawa Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 9 – San Antonio Scorpions FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 0-0 D

When: Saturday, June 13, 2015 @ 8:30pm EDT

Where: Toyota Field, San Antonio, TX (Watch at Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, OttawaFuryFC.com, TSN Go, ESPN3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM)

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: F Oliver (knee, fall season), DM Richie Ryan (knee, fall season), DM Julian de Guzman (international duty, 1 week)

Ottawa Returnees: CM Phil Davies (arm), ST Tom Heinemann (knock)

Ottawa Lineup (4-3-3) – Peiser; Trafford, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic, Eustaquio, Paterson; Poltronieri (Wiedeman 66′), Haworth (Heinemann 87′), Paulo Jr. (Davies 82′)

Ottawa Subs – DeBellis, Beckie, Randolph, Misik, Davies, Heinemann, Wiedeman

San Antonio Lineup (4-4-2) – Cardone, Soto, Cann, James, Gibson, Forbes, Castillo, Nane (De Roux 88′), Chavez, Cummings, Elizondo (Dike 87′)

Ottawa Goal/Assist – None

San Antonio Goal – None

Toyota Field Attendance – 6,709

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 8 – Jacksonville vs Ottawa Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 8 – Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 0-0 D

When: Sunday, June 7, 2015 @ 4:00pm EDT

Where: Community First Park, Jacksonville, FL (Watch at Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, OttawaFuryFC.com, TSN Go, ESPN3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM)

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (arm, fall season), F Oliver (knee, fall season), DM Richie Ryan (knee, 1 week), ST Tom Heinemann (knock, 1 week)

Ottawa Returnees: None

Ottawa Lineup (4-3-3) – Peiser; Trafford, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic (Eustaquio 90′), Paterson (Beckie 80′), De Guzman; Haworth, Wiedeman, Paulo Jr. (Poltronieri 68′)

Ottawa Subs – DeBellis, Beckie, Randolph, Poltronieri, Eustaquio, Misik, Dagnogo

Jacksonville Lineup (4-3-3) – Gullardo, Rodriguez (Krizanovic 64′), Trejo (Hrustic 80′), Ortiz, Bahner, Scaglia, Hoyos (Toby 72′), Castrillon, Johnson, Flores, Millien

Ottawa Goal/Assist – None

Jacksonville Goal – None

Community First Park Attendance – 7,586

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 7 – Ottawa vs Edmonton Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 7 – Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton Review – 0-0 D

When: Friday, May 29, 2015 @ 7:00pm EDT

Where: TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON (Watch at Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, OttawaFuryFC.com, TSN Go, ESPN3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM)

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (arm, fall season), F Oliver (knee, fall season), DM Richie Ryan (knee, 1 week), ST Tom Heinemann (knock, 1 week)

Ottawa Returnees: LB Mike Randolph (knock, 1 week), ST Andrew Wiedeman (concussion, 1 week)

Ottawa Lineup (4-3-3) – Peiser; Trafford, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic (Beckie 71′), Paterson (Misik 90′), De Guzman; Poltronieri (Wiedeman 62’), Haworth, Paulo Jr.

Ottawa Subs – DeBellis, Randolph, Eustaquio, Misik, Dagnogo, Wiedeman, Heinemann

Edmonton Lineup (4-1-4-1) – Smits, Zebie, Watson, Roberts, Moses, Laing, Jones, Raudales (Granitto 80’), Fordyce, Nyassi (Burt 72’), Jonke (Boakai 61’)

Ottawa Goal/Assist – None

Edmonton Goal – None

Lansdowne/TD Place Attendance – 5,064

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 6 – Ottawa vs Indy Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 6 – Ottawa Fury FC vs. Indy Eleven Review – 1-0 W

When: Saturday, May 23, 2015 @ 3:00pm EDT

Where: TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON (Watch at Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, OttawaFuryFC.com, TSN Go, ESPN3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM)

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (arm, fall season), LB Mike Randolph (knock, 1 week), F Oliver (knee, fall season), ST Andrew Wiedeman (concussion, 1 week)

Ottawa Returnees: DM Richie Ryan (knee), ST Tom Heinemann (knock)

Ottawa Lineup (4-3-3) – Peiser; Trafford, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; Ubiparipovic, Beckie (Paterson 61’), De Guzman (Ryan 80’); Poltronieri (Heinemann 46’), Haworth, Paulo Jr.

Ottawa Subs – DeBellis, Eustaquio, Ryan, Misik, Paterson, Heinemann

Indy Lineup (4-2-3-1) – Nicht, Hyland, Norales, Janicki, Franco, Pineda, Ring (Keller 90’), Mares (Smart 84’), Peña (Brown 34’), Rugg, Wojcik

Ottawa Goal/Assist – Paterson (Ubiparipovic) 87′

Indy Goal – None

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 5 – Ottawa vs Tampa Bay Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 5 – Ottawa Fury FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies Review – 0-0 D

When: Saturday, May 9, 2015 @ 3:00pm EDT

Where: TD Place Stadium, Lansdowne Park, Ottawa, ON (Watch at Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, OttawaFuryFC.com, TSN Go, ESPN3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM)

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (arm, fall season), DM Richie Ryan (knee, 2 weeks), LB Mike Randolph (knock, 1 week), F Oliver (knock, 1 week), ST Tom Heinemann (knock, 1 week)

Ottawa Returnees: N/A

Ottawa Lineup (4-3-3) – Peiser; Trafford, Falvey, Rafael Alves (Eustaquio 24’, Paterson 89’), Richter; Ubiparipovic, Beckie, de Guzman; Poltronieri, Wiedeman, Haworth (Paulo Jr. 67’)

Ottawa Subs – DeBellis, Eustaquio, Misik, Paterson, Dagnogo, Paulo Jr.

Tampa Bay Lineup (4-2-3-1) – Pickens; Sweat, Antonijevic, Mkandawire, King; Menjivar, Saragosa (Guerra 76’); Hertzog, Nunez (Shriver 80’), Boggs; Espinal (Hernandez 71’)

Ottawa Goal/Assist – None

Tampa Bay Goal – None

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 4 – New York vs Ottawa Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 4 – New York Cosmos vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 1-0 L

When: Saturday, May 2, 2015 @ 7:00pm EDT

Where: MCU Park, Brooklyn, NY (Watch at Rogers TV 22, RogersTV.com, OttawaFuryFC.com, TSN Go, ESPN3; Listen at TSN 1200 AM, 94,5 Unique FM)

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies (arm, fall season), DM Richie Ryan (knee, 3-4 weeks), LB Mike Randolph (knock, 1 week)

Ottawa Returnees: Manager Marc Dos Santos (bereavement, suspension), CAM/RW Oliver (knock)

Ottawa Lineup (4-3-3) – Peiser; Poltronieri, Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; De Guzman, Beckie, Paterson (Ubiparipovic 68′); Paulo Jr. (Heinemann 24′), Wiedeman (Oliver 71′), Haworth

Ottawa Subs – DeBellis, Trafford, Eustaquio, Misik, Ubiparipovic, Oliver, Heinemann

New York Lineup (4-2-3-1) – Maurer; Ayoze, Mendes, Caceres, Gorskie; Szetela, Marcos Senna; Fernandes (Moffat 72′), Raul, Restrepo; Mkosana (Guenzatti 90′)

Ottawa Goal/Assist – None

New York Goal – Mkosana 13′

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 4 – Ottawa vs Ft. Lauderdale Review

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 4 – Ottawa Fury FC vs. Ft. Lauderdale Strikers FC Review – 1-3 L

When: Saturday, April 25, 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), DM Richie Ryan (out – knee), LB/LW Brandon Poltronieri (out – knock)

Ottawa (4-2-3-1) – Peiser 5; Randolph 5 (Misik 86′), Falvey 6, Rafael Alves 7, Richter 6; de Guzman 7, Paterson 5 (Wiedeman 67′); Paulo Jr. 8, Oliver 6 (Ubiparipovic 56′, 8), Haworth 5; Heinemann 7

Ottawa Subs: DeBellis, Trafford, Beckie, Eustaquio, Misik, Ubiparipovic, Wiedeman

Ft. Lauderdale (4-4-2) – Nasco (Brown 12’); Guerrero, Kling, Sanfilippo, Chin; PC (Navarro 84’), Gonzalez, Freitas, Moura; Sanchez (Pinho 62’), Angulo

Ottawa Goal/Assist – Rafael Alves (Ubiparipovic 77′)

Ft. Lauderdale Goals – Angulo (41′, 90′), Freitas (64′)

OFFC Fury FC MotM – TBD, likely Rafael Alves

YouTube: Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pdURqvN63Bs; Full Match – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpuAUAx_ksc

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/match-center/900/ott-vs-ftl

FTLSFC: http://www.strikers.com/news/2015/04/25/recap-strikers-fury-fc

NASL: http://www.nasl.com/match-center/900/ott-vs-ftl

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/25/fury-fc-drops-another-home-game and http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/27/missed-opportunities-costing-fury-fc and http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/24/fury-supporter-culture-growing-in-ottawa

Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/local-sports/ottawa-fury-cant-keep-pace-with-strikers-at-td-place

Last Word on Sports:

RedNation Online: http://rednationonline.ca/Articles2015/FurysquanderchancesInlosstoStrikers.aspx

Canadian Soccer News:

Northern Starting XI: http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/strikers-smash-and-grab-in-ottawa/ and http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/ottawa-fury-building-for-the-future-as-their-academy-takes-shape/

OFFC Review: https://offcreview.wordpress.com/2015/04/28/2015-fury-fc-nasl-season-matchday-4-ottawa-vs-ft-lauderdale-review

Blog Fury FC:

Fury Fanatic:

RNO Ours is the Fury:

The Sound and the Fury: https://soundcloud.com/furyfanatic/the-sound-and-the-fury-ep-5-missed-chances

Soccer Way: http://ca.soccerway.com/matches/2015/04/25/united-states/nasl/ottawa-fury-fc/miami-fc/1975316/

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.

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 3 – Ottawa vs Minnesota Review

Courtesy of NASL.
Courtesy of NASL.

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!

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.

Lineups

Lineup courtesy of lineupbuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6n6s).
Lineup courtesy of lineupbuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6n6s).

YouTube: Highlights – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1mTATjv5A-w; Full Match – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v8uUGZ03g1A

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/2015/04/18/match-recap-fury-fc-score-big-win-in-home-opener

MNUFC: http://www.mnunitedfc.com/news/2015/04/18/minnesota-united-falls-1-0-to-ottawa-fury-for-first-loss-of-the-season

NASL: http://www.nasl.com/news/2015/04/18/recap–fury-fc-0-united-0; http://www.nasl.com/match-center/895/ott-vs-mnu

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

Last Word on Sports: http://lastwordonsports.com/2015/04/19/minnesota-united-vs-ottawa-fury-fc-a-spring-afternoon-on-bank-street/

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/

OFFC Review: https://offcreview.wordpress.com/2015/04/20/2015-fury-fc-nasl-season-matchday-3-ottawa-vs-minnesota-review

Blog Fury FC:

Fury Fanatic:

RNO Ours is the Fury:

The Sound and the Fury: https://soundcloud.com/furyfanatic/the-sound-and-the-fury-episode-3-loons-n-eddies

Soccer Way: http://ca.soccerway.com/matches/2015/04/18/united-states/nasl/ottawa-fury-fc/nsc-minnesota-stars/1975310/

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.

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 2 – Atlanta vs Ottawa Review

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Photo courtesy of NASL.com

2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 2 – Atlanta Silverbacks FC vs. Ottawa Fury FC Review – 1-1 D

When: Saturday, April 11, 2015 @ 7:30pm EDT

Where: Atlanta Silverbacks Park, Atlanta, GA

Ottawa Injuries and Suspensions: CM Phil Davies, DM Richie Ryan, AM Sinisa Ubiparipovic, LW Paulo Jr. (out – injury); CM Julian de Guzman (out – suspension)

Ottawa Returnees: DM Mauro Eustaquio, CM Nicki Paterson, LW Oliver (in – return from suspension)

Ottawa (4-2-3-1) – Peiser 8; Randolph 5, Falvey 5, Rafael Alves 7, Richter 6; Paterson 8, Misik 7 (Beckie 76′, 7); Poltronieri 7 (Eustaquio 86′, N/A), Oliver 7 (Wiedeman 74′, 7), Haworth 6; Heinemann 7

Ottawa Unused Subs: DeBellis, Trafford

Atlanta (4-4-2) – Cochran, Black, Mensing, McKenzie, Miller, Okafor (Denissen 66′), Reed, Oppong (Sawchak 88′), Porter, Horth (Chavez 71′), Bangura

Ottawa Goal/Assist – Paterson 33′

Atlanta Goal – Porter 56′

Fury FC Observations

– Talking points: The trouble on the Air Canada flight with Air Oliver the day before the match could not have had at least a small impact on the proceedings. Manager Marc Dos Santos starts with a 4-2-3-1 formation. Ottawa once again rues the decisions of the referees for the 2nd straight week, with the Kyle Porter equalizer looking highly likely as coming from an offside position.

– 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 shifted the formation to a 4-3-3 in the 86th minute to close out the game and partly due to necessity after Poltronieri had to come off, due to cramps, for Mauro Eustaquio.

– Canadian content: There was no all-Canadian midfield for the Fury this time, as two Canadians, Patryk Misik at RCM and Carl Haworth at RW, earned the starts. There were substitute appearances for two further young Canadians, as Beckie came on once again at DM, while Eustaquio joined him in the midfield near the end of the play.

– Play: It seems that Dos Santos came out to use the long ball more than he normally would like to have done so this game, as he had pointed a number of times to the poor turf conditions in Atlanta, declaring it the “worst in the NASL”.  This was pretty much confirmed with the 4-2-3-1 formation showcasing Heinemann leading the line.

I thought Tommy played a pretty decent game, winning a number of headers in dangerous areas and finding his teammates often with lay-offs and holding the ball up and even making two tackles on defenders that led to chances. But he fluffed his best chance, in the 1st half, and he mis-controlled one crucial pass to him in the area. I found that he was being used easily as a scapegoat by some fans after the game, but I believe it was the team and the staff instead that decided tactically to pump a number of long balls to him this match, with the poor turf conditions. I believe he did what he could with all these hoofed balls up to him, winning over 50% of the aerial duels against 2 CBs, which was a job well done in my opinion. I suspect his performance reflected the coaching staff asking the team to play long balls more than usual, if anything.

I was hoping to see more of Oliver during the game in his role as a CAM. That is a key position and the player playing that role must exert his influence in the game. He did have one of the best chances in the game, getting on the end of Heinemann’s flick-on, but he was quiet most of the game when he should have had a more starring role, despite the turbulent incident he experienced just a day prior. I believe this is more of an indictment of how the team prepared for and went about this game, rather than Oliver per se, as the reliance on the long ball often bypassed Oliver in the CAM role.

– Looking forward: Chris Hofley of the Ottawa Sun has reported that MDS expects the entire senior squad, minus Davies, to be back and match fit in time for the home opener this Saturday vs. Minnesota. That would mark the return of Paulo Jr., Ryan, Ubiparipovic, as well as the end of the 1-game ban for de Guzman. The Fury midfield suddenly looks far more deep as the fans welcome the team into TD Place/Lansdowne for the first time this season.

– Ottawa MotM: Romuald Peiser; Ottawa Honourable Mentions: Nicki Paterson, Rafael Alves

Lineups

Diagram courtesy of LineupBuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6l10)
Diagram courtesy of LineupBuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6l10)
Diagram courtesy of LineupBuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6l11)
Diagram courtesy of LineupBuilder.com (http://lineupbuilder.com/2014/custom/?sk=6l11)

Key Fury FC Moments

8′ Ottawa – Fury FC with the first dangerous attempt, as Oliver tries an ambitious 25-yarder that just goes wide

12′ Atlanta – The Silverbacks find Kyle Porter streaking in on the right flank with a long diagonal ball. LB Mike Randolph recovers just in time to make clumsy but fair challenge on Porter

20′ Ottawa – A dangerous corner whipped in by Paterson finds Alves and Falvey streaking in, with Falvey meeting the ball with a firm header that just goes over the bar

32′ Ottawa Goal – Randolph finds Poltronieri with a chipped ball into the left flank corner. Poltronieri does well to get to the ball and is fouled with a kick to the chest. The resulting FK from the corner by Paterson is dangerously whipped in low, and is glanced on by an Atlanta CB as it finds the net. Nicki proceeds with a celebration that makes light of the Oliver incident on the Air Canada flight, to the delight of players and fans. 0-1 Ottawa.

Nicki with the early candidate for NASL Celebration of the Year. Photo courtesy of Rogers TV.
Nicki with the early candidate for NASL Celebration of the Year. Photo courtesy of Rogers TV.

39′ Ottawa – A Poltronieri cross is met by a charging Haworth in the box, with Ottawa players asking for a handball on Haworth’s shot

40′ Ottawa – Heinemann is set racing clear all alone from a big clearance and a header from midfield, but he fluffs his lines with a tame shot to the keeper

45′ Atlanta – Peiser is called on to make a punch charging out of the 6-yard box after the Fury are slow to defend a quickly taken FK

48′ Atlanta – Peiser makes a great save and then Paterson is on the line to clear the shot from the rebound as the Fury escape one

56′ Atlanta Goal – An expertly put-together passing play finds Shaka Bangura behind the defense and he draws in Peiser and finds Kyle Porter all alone in front of the net. However, Porter is almost certainly in an offside position, but the assistant referee can not keep up with the pace of the passing and fails to raise his flag. 1-1.

Atlanta F Kyle Porter looks to be in an offside position as he taps in the equalizer. Photo courtesy of NASL.com.
Atlanta F Kyle Porter looks to be in an offside position as he taps in the equalizer. Photo courtesy of NASL.com.

62′ Ottawa – A flick-on by Heinemann is met by a charging Oliver with a volley that just goes over

66′ Atlanta – Peiser makes a fabulous save with his legs after a missed tackle allows Atlanta to get behind the defense

71′ Atlanta – Peiser wins his MotM performance with this double save on Hans Denissen after a lifted pass goes over the head of Falvey, as the keeper shows his quickness on his feet

81′ 84′ Ottawa – Wiedeman makes his presence known quickly, with a shot from the CAM position testing the keeper, and then getting a head on a decent cross a few minutes after

YouTube: http://www.nasl.com/match-center/888/atl-vs-ott#tabs-7

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/2015/04/11/match-recap-peiser-backstops-fury-fc-to-1-1-draw-in-atlanta

NASL: http://www.nasl.com/match-center/888/atl-vs-ott

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/11/fury-fc-settles-for-1-1-draw-in-atlanta

Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/local-sports/ottawa-fury-earn-first-point-of-the-nasl-season

RNO: http://www.rednationonline.ca/Articles2015/FuryearnroaddrawagainstAtlanta.aspx

CSN: http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie/2015-fury-fc-nasl-season-%E2%80%93-matchday-2-%E2%80%93-atlanta-vs-ottawa-review-r5165

NSXI: http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/fury-gain-a-point-on-the-road/

Total MLS:

OFFC Review: https://offcreview.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/2015-fury-fc-nasl-season-matchday-2-atlanta-vs-ottawa-review

Blog Fury FC: https://blogfuryfc.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/hindsight-is-2020-fury-matchday-2/

Fury Fanatic: https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2015/04/13/nasl-last-week-match-day-2/

Soccer Way: http://ca.soccerway.com/matches/2015/04/12/united-states/nasl/atlanta-silverbacks/ottawa-fury-fc/1975302/

RNO Ours is the Fury:

The Sound and the Fury:

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/2015/04/10/fury-fc-players-and-staff-safe-following-incident-on-flight-to-atlanta

CBC: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/ottawa/oliver-minatel-ottawa-soccer-player-attacked-on-air-canada-jazz-plane-1.3028921

CTV: http://www.ctvnews.ca/canada/ottawa-fury-player-allegedly-attacked-on-air-canada-flight-1.2322355

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/04/10/ottawa-fury-fc-player-oliver-attacked-on-plane

Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/soccer/ottawa-fury-player-oliver-minatel-attacked-on-flight-to-atlanta-team-says

MLS: http://www.mlssoccer.com/news/article/2015/04/10/report-ottawa-fury-fc-forward-oliver-minatel-attacked-passenger-atlanta-boun

CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2015/04/10/us/soccer-player-attacked-on-plane/index.html

SI: http://www.si.com/planet-futbol/2015/04/10/ottawa-fury-oliver-minatel-choked-air-canada

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