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Fury FC Signs CanMNT Captain M Julian De Guzman – Midfield Tactical Implications

The Fury FC have made their biggest signing in their young history, signing current Canada national team captain M Julian De Guzman to a 1-year contract today.

De Guzman, who will wear #25 in Ottawa, signs after a period without a club after spending the 2013/14 season in Greece with Skoda Xanthi. His previous experiences with Hannover 96 in Bundesliga, Deportivo La Coruna in La Liga, and Toronto FC and FC Dallas in MLS is well-documented and needs little introduction to most Fury FC and CanMNT fans.

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

De Guzman’s name had been whispered among Canadian and Ottawa footy observers for the past two weeks, ever since Steve Sandor of the11.ca first reported that De Guzman was entertaining several NASL offers while undergoing a trial at Columbus Crew.

His signing marks a watershed moment for Ottawa footy in being the first widely recognized name among casual Canadian soccer fans to sign for the club, a name that even those who follow European soccer but do not follow North American club or international soccer can recognize relatively quickly. To more hardcore Canadian soccer fans, the matchup of JDG, aka Bobby, and the Fury FC is a connection made in heaven. As observers have put it, this signing certainly highlights the advantages that having more Canadian professional footy clubs brings to the Canadian national team, with one less member displaying his talents for Unattached FC.

The signing has been widely acclaimed throughout the soccer media, with articles on De Guzman and Fury FC being published today across all media platforms one can imagine, including the Globe, Sportsnet and the CONCACAF official website.

Beyond the obvious marketing appeal, what does De Guzman bring in terms of talent to the club? One could argue quite a bit, with De Guzman’s midfield play expected to bolster Marc Dos Santos’s possession-oriented approach. The club now has 6 talented CM’s for its 3 spots in the 4-3-3 formation.

The most popular train of thought is that, once De Guzman acclimatises himself within the team through the remainder of the preseason, he could be expected to be a near-certain contender to start in the RCM position, mainly populated by Tony Donatelli (whose status is the 1 player that has never been fully determined this offseason) and Nicki Paterson in 2014.

It must be noted that Paterson and Patryk Misik have both looked very good in the position in the preseason so far and will not give up their battle for a starting spot quite easily. Richie Ryan is a certain lock to start at DM, with Mauro Eustaquio expected to push him hard as he continues his development. The playmaker LCM position has been the domain of Sinisa Ubiparipovic, and the popular talisman will be expected to continue in his role in 2015 as well.

While most observers have De Guzman pencilled in at RCM, I would suggest one alternate approach. I’ve always had much fonder memories of De Guzman chasing down Zidane in a bloodhound role while playing for Depor than trying to orchestrate play in the midfield as a DP for TFC. Additionally, I have seen Richie with some silky passing in midfield, while sometimes being overrun in an opponent’s counterattack. With that in mind, I would suggest De Guzman for the Makelele/Gattuso role at DM, and Ryan in the old Donatelli role at RCM, which I believe is easily playable by a left-footed player.

Photo courtesy of Deportivo-La-Coruna.com
Photo courtesy of Deportivo-La-Coruna.com

With Ryan having nursed a knock and Eustaquio a minor injury the past 2 weeks, Phil Davies has been deputising as the starting DM during the last 2 preseason games. While Ryan looks set to return next week, the arrival of De Guzman means that Dos Santos now has a myriad of options at DM.

I can also imagine, with De Guzman’s introduction, Paterson being asked to push Ubi hard in the LCM role this year, perhaps as a box-to-box alternative to Ubi’s talisman role, while Misik must certainly get his minutes in perhaps RCM, with his preason performances having caught many eyes.

We will soon find out, with De Guzman linking up with the club after the current CanMNT camp in Florida, with the player most likely expected to join them in North Carolina, where the Fury will travel after their game against Syracuse University in Canton, NY tomorrow, to play their final preseason match away at Wake Forest University next Saturday, which will be followed by Ottawa’s season opener vs. Carolina the following weekend.

This has been one of the most enjoyable articles I have had the pleasure of writing while covering Ottawa Fury FC. It is certainly a watershed moment for the club. Welcome to Ottawa, Bobby! You can follow De Guzman on Instagram at @juliebobby.

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/detail/uuid/rmgu9asfoj5k17cllcv68vcxq/fury-fc-sign-canadian-international-julian-de-guzman#.VRVHOlVVhBd

CONCACAF: http://www.concacaf.com/article/canada-intl-de-guzman-joins-ottawa-fury-fc

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/03/27/fury-fc-makes-big-splash-signs-canadian-star-julian-de-guzman

Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/soccer/fury-get-their-man-julian-de-guzman-signs-a-contract

Globe and Mail: http://www.theglobeandmail.com/sports/soccer/veteran-canadian-midfielder-julian-de-guzman-signs-with-nasls-ottawa-fury/article23656413/

Rogers Sportsnet: http://www.sportsnet.ca/soccer/ex-tfc-midfielder-de-guzman-signs-ottawa-fury/

Goal Canada: http://www.concacaf.com/article/canada-intl-de-guzman-joins-ottawa-fury-fc

CSN: http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie/fury-fc-signs-canmnt-captain-m-julian-de-guzman-%E2%80%93-midfield-tactical-implications-r5121

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

NSXI: http://www.northernstartingeleven.com/fury-add-canadian-midfielder-julian-de-guzman/

OFFC Review: https://offcreview.wordpress.com/2015/03/27/fury-fc-signs-canmnt-captain-m-julian-de-guzman

Fury Fanatic: https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2015/03/25/dos-santos-canadian-dream/

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.

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Fury FC Brings In Former CanM20 M Patryk Misik; CSA Announces V Cup Dates

The Fury FC have made a long-due signing for its midfield, adding an exciting prospect in former Canadian men’s U20 international midfielder Patryk Misik.

Misik was in a Canada U20 camp in 2012 (http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-m20-off-to-usa-costa-rica-p152663), playing alongside former Fury M Zakaria Messoudi and current Fury M Mauro Eustaquio.

Photo courtesy of Fakt Sport Poland.
Photo courtesy of Fakt Sport Poland.

He went on to play with the Canada U21 squad that was coached by Fury FC technical director Philip Dos Santos at the 2013 Jeux de la Francophonie (http://www.canadasoccer.com/canada-names-u-21-squad-for-francophone-games–p154992; http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Football_at_the_2013_Jeux_de_la_Francophonie#Canada). However, he was not a part of the 2013 CONCACAF U20 Championship squad for Canada.

He spent his youth career in the Toronto and Brantford areas, playing with the Toronto Lynx academy and Brantford Inter-City SC youth club, and then progressing up to the Brantford Galaxy SC CSL side, winning the 2010 CSL Championship. From there, he made the move to Poland to play for the reserve team of WKS Slask Wroclaw in the Polish first division.

According to Stuart MacTaggart (@FuryFanatic) of RNO, who first reported the Misik signing, the midfielder is expected to compete for one of the two CM positions as a dynamic box-to-box midfielder, most likely competing with Nicki Paterson for the RCM position.

It’s absolutely fantastic to see the commitment that Marc Dos Santos has for young Canadian players. Welcome back to Ontario, Patryk!

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/detail/uuid/66zpj6ns2jeh1r3vmweu8kqr0/fury-fc-add-depth-in-midfield-signing-canadian-patryk-misik#.VNThrXvG_Gx

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

The Canadian Soccer Association (CSA) announced the 2015 Voyageurs Cup, or the Amway Canadian Championships, dates for the 5 MLS and NASL clubs yesterday.

Fury FC will play at home against FC Edmonton in the preliminary round to qualify for a semi-final date against Vancouver Whitecaps FC on April 22, before traveling to Edmonton a week later, with FCE’s higher rank in the league standings affording them the privilege of hosting the 2nd leg in the two-legger.

The winner of the 5-club competition will qualify for the 2016/17 CONCACAF Champions League, with this being a shift from previous V Cup editions.

Photo courtesy of Rogers Sportsnet and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.
Photo courtesy of Rogers Sportsnet and Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

As a proponent of the footy pyramid in North America, I, and others, would love to see a Canada Open Cup in the near future that will include, in addition to MLS and NASL clubs, the USL Pro, NPSL, USL PDL, L1O, PLSQ, PCSL clubs in the top 4 tiers of the Canadian soccer pyramid, and why not in the future dream even bigger and open it up for the 5th-tier provincial club teams in the future as well.

For any of you confused by the acronyms I just spitted out, check out this Wikipedia article for a simple diagram that shows the relationships between the various tiered leagues! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Canadian_soccer_league_system

 

 

 

Fury FC Announces Signing of CB Colin Falvey

The Fury FC announced the signing of its 7th and final international player yesterday, with the addition of CB Colin Falvey.

Falvey has served as captain of Charleston Battery in USL Pro, in the 3rd tier of the North American footy pyramid, and was named the USL Pro Defender of the Year in 2013, which led to him being linked with numerous MLS and NASL clubs throughout 2014.

He continues the well-traveled path from Charleston to Ottawa over the past year, with Tom Heinemann, Nicki Paterson, Tony Donatelli, P.R. Mayard, Ryan Richter and O’Brian Woodbine also having played with the Battery in previous seasons before joining the Fury.

The Irish centreback has also played recently on loan with Kerala Blasters in the top-flight league in India, playing alongside Iain Hume, a Canadian international.

Photo courtesy of the Indian Super League.
Photo courtesy of the Indian Super League.

Standing at 6’1”, the player has developed quite a following at Charleston, even having the hashtag #FalveysArmy attached to him, and his player profile seems to be that of an aggressive defender with a no-holds-barred approach, similarly the most to Omar Jarun.

The depth at centrebacks for the Fury has never been deeper, with 4 very strong CBs jockeying for positions, including Falvey, fellow new signing Rafael Alves, and 2014 starters Mason Trafford and vice-captain Omar Jarun, while Drew Beckie is almost certainly pushed to RB at this point.

Strong teams build with a strong backline. With the expected addition of LB Brandon Poltronieri, the Fury FC will enter the 2015 season with 8 defenders who will all boast significant footy experience in Canada and US.

Fury FC Updates – Signing of CB Rafael Alves, ST Wiedeman, RB Richter, Decline on RB Woodbine

Ottawa Fury FC fans have witnessed some fascinating signings by the club over the past fortnight, and are rightfully excited, even exhilarated, about the upcoming season.

The senior roster is now up to 18 players, and only 4-5 players short of what is Dos Santos’s ideal roster size. With the addition of a further international signing, there are currently 6 international spots filled out of 7 allocations. You can track the Fury FC roster right here, at https://offcreview.wordpress.com/roster/ (last time, I promise 🙂 )

Photo courtesy of NASL.
Photo courtesy of NASL.

The signing of CB Rafael Alves from Ft. Lauderdale Strikers answered the question of the “big international” signing that the Fury FC media team had hyped for a week or two. While your correspondent looked at the team’s need for a RB at the time and MDS’s Portuguese connections, he had the image of Miguel Monteiro, formerly of Valencia CF, somehow joining the ranks of Fury FC, but that was not to be.

Rafael Alves does bring significant height to the middle of the back four, and composure on the ball from the backline, and was a significant catalyst in the Strikers’ late surge that carried them all the way to the finals of the 2014 post-season, also known delightfully as the Soccer Bowl. His signing, along with that of Mike Randolph, brings leadership and know-how of the league, and cannot be understated as an extremely solid signing for the club. He has been communicating regularly with Paulo Jr. on social media, as they share Brazilian and Floridan roots together. A fun fact about Rafael Alves is that he was in fact the very first scorer against Fury FC in its NASL history, in our 1st match away at Ft. Lauderdale.

Tactically, he is expected to slot in as the starting RCB next to Mason Trafford. However, I would actually envision him having even greater success as a LCB that can go toe-to-toe with the opposing CF in the air. I would instead advocate for a more agile defender at the RCB position, to provide support and back-up to the RB, who usually has the role of facing the opponent’s best dribbler.

These players, when they are right-footed, usually line up as a LW/CAM/SS (an inverted winger, such as CR7, Hazard, Messi, Robben, Ribery, etc., with Walter Restrepo, Hanson Boakai and our own Oliver Minatel the most notable NASL examples). I believe Drew Beckie is, at the moment, our most agile defender and our best candidate for the RCB position. I will delve into a further tactical discussion of the team when the team has completed its signings for the preseason.

Photo courtesy of MLS.
Photo courtesy of MLS.

The signing of CF Andrew Wiedeman was a pleasant surprise to Fury FC fans, as the player is immensely popular in Ontario (http://vocalminority.ca/wet-wiedeman-is-no-more-andrew-wiedeman-signs-with-ottawa-fury-fc/), especially among Toronto FC fans, of which there are many in Ottawa. Wiedeman has not featured much on the pitch in 2014, but is considered to have immense potential, having laced up for the USA U18 side earlier in his career. He has a penchant for scoring in wet rainy conditions (#WetWiedeman), and has been a key player in TFC’s off-field activities, while also displaying a mean Twitter/Instagram game.

Tactically, Wiedeman is expected to go head-to-head with Tom Heinemann for the starting CF position. Wiedeman has shown good volleys during his time with TFC, able to get on the end of crosses into the 6-yard box, with Fury FC fans crying for predatory finishers. With his familiarity of the provincial climate, and with his good friend Ryan Richter also on the team, there is a great opportunity for Wiedeman to fire off his career right here in Ottawa.

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen.

The re-signing of Ryan Richter, this time on a permanent basis, was warmly welcomed by Fury fans, with Richter given the opportunity to continue to dominate on the right flank for Ottawa. With an incredibly disappointing start to his Fury FC career after signing on loan from TFC in summer 2014, twice giving away the ball and earning a yellow card while playing in an unfamiliar CB role, Richter seemed as his OFFC career would not be given another opportunity. Yet, he seized the opportunity back in his familiar RB spot, wresting the starting position away from Beckie and Andres Fresenga, and has not looked back since.

Tactically, Richter has made the RB spot his own, with his tall frame allowing him to cover a lot of ground significantly both offensively and defensively. His running style reminds me of Maicon, of AS Roma, and he has been great in his overlaps on the right flank, combining well with Haworth, Oliver and Davies.

Photo courtesy of Express Ottawa.
Photo courtesy of Express Ottawa.

Finally, OFFC announced that they will not be bringing back LB/RB O’Brian Woodbine. The player was a favourite of mine, as he showcased blazing speed and fierce determination in his defending in the 5 matches that he played. I believe that in those 5 matches alone, he showed that he was at the highest class of NASL defenders, our own Stephen DeRoux, and I believe that he will find a home shortly, and that it would be a loss for the club if he were to sign for a league rival.

His status as an international player was the most likely factor counting against him, but his strong play at LB in what was not his natural RB role, indicates to me that he should be an automatic starter at another NASL club were he to sign in the league. Good luck, O’Brian!

Currently, I would project an opening day starting lineup of Peiser; Richter, Rafael Alves, Trafford, Randolph; Paterson, Ryan, Ubiparipovic; Oliver, Heinemann and Paulo Jr., in a 4-3-3.

OFFC Expected Lineup 20150202

I, however, would not mind seeing an opening day starting lineup of Peiser; Richter, Beckie, Rafael Alves, Randolph; Paterson, Ryan, Ubiparipovic; Oliver, Heinemann and Paulo Jr., in a 4-3-3.

OFFC Desired Lineup 20150202

The team is currently most in need of additional fullbacks on both sides and two more CMs, as well as a keeper. Ottawa currently has 2 keepers, 1 RB, 4 CBs, 1 LB, 4 CM’s, 4 wingers, and 2 CFs in their senior side, as of February 2nd.

A player that has been strongly rumoured to join Fury FC is Brandon Poltronieri, a LB/LM who played with Randolph in Atlanta in 2014, and is currently training at the OFFC facilities. Chris Hofley and Stuart Mac have reported that MDS is looking at one more CB, possibly an international, and would push Beckie out to RB.

As mentioned in my previous post, the players are expected to report to training camp in Ottawa and take medicals by no later than February 16th, according to Graeme Ivory of Fury FC. The pre-season schedule for the 2015 spring will be coming out later today.

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/01/22/fury-fc-signs-brazilian-defender; http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/01/26/ottawa-fury-signs-toronto-player; http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/01/28/ottawa-fury-eager-to-get-going

Fury FC Updates – Re-signing of M Ubiparipovic, D Beckie, GK DeBellis, F Oliver, F Davies, Signing of LB Randolph

There’s been a lot of positive roster updates for the Fury FC since the turn of the new year. With 15 players signed on for the 2015 season and the Fall Season schedule released today, the team is getting in shape and the fans are starting to feel the positive energy.

I’ve included a new OFFC Roster section in this blog to help keep track of the player movements and statuses, and please make sure to check it out here, at https://offcreview.wordpress.com/roster/.

The signature of LB Mike Randolph has been embraced positively by the Fury FC fans, with his NASL experience and pace and leadership, as captain of Atlanta Silverbacks in 2014, seen as impactful in a position that saw 3 players tried out with varying degrees of success.

Photo courtesy of Atlanta Silverbacks FC
Photo courtesy of Atlanta Silverbacks FC

The return of M Sinisa Ubiparipovic and F Oliver means a ton to the Ottawa offense, as the two players were the most dangerous offensive weapons on the team. Their familiarity with MDS’s expectations will be a huge boon for OFFC.

The re-signing of D Drew Beckie ensures that the Fury will have another positive year of bravery and determination from the young defender, while F Phil Davies brings technique, crossing and whipped balls from the set pieces. GK Marcel DeBellis is looking forward to his new role as the #2 keeper for Ottawa.

With the players currently signed, we have 5 international spots filled out of 7, and one more will soon be filled this week with the addition of an international defender. With 13 of the 15 players having played with Ottawa last season, this team has a significant amount of continuity that will help tremendously for their 2nd season together.

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen

Currently, I would project an opening day starting lineup of Peiser; Beckie, Jarun, Trafford, Randolph; Paterson, Ryan, Ubiparipovic; Paulo Jr, Heinemann, Oliver.

The team is currently most in need of additional fullbacks on both sides, two more CMs and a CF. Ottawa has 2 keepers, 3 CB’s, 1 FB, 4 CM’s, 4 wingers, and 1 CF in their senior side as of January 20th.

The Fury FC players will be returning to training camp in Ottawa and take medicals by no later than February 16, according to Graeme Ivory of OFFC.

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen

I’ve been contributing significantly to the Bytown Boys’ social media and also had a heavy workload, and haven’t had a chance to update the blog in a few weeks. If you are not already doing so, make sure to follow Chris Hofley at the Ottawa Sun, Stuart at Fury Fanatic and Blog Smith at Blog Fury FC, as well as Carlos at Last Word on Sports, on their respective websites and Twitter accounts for all your up-to-date Fury coverage!

There’s also significant Fury chatter going on at the Bytown Boys’ Facebook group, the Stony Monday Riot members’ Twitter accounts, the Fury FC Reddit, and various soccer forums out there, such as BigSoccer, the Voyageurs, and Hockey Futures. The Ours is the Fury podcast and the TSN Corner Kicks radio show also has comprehensive Fury content as well.

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/01/09/ottawa-fury-brings-back-key-trio; http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/01/14/fury-sign-veteran-left-back-mike-randolph; http://www.ottawasun.com/2015/01/19/fury-re-sign-oliver-davies

Fury Fanatic: https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2015/01/09/fury-add-ubiparipovic-de-bellis-and-beckie-to-2015-roster/; https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2015/01/14/fury-sign-defender-mike-randolph/; https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2015/01/19/fury-set-to-re-sign-oliver/

Last Word on Sports: http://lastwordonsports.com/2015/01/14/fury-fc-transfer-chatter-mike-randolph-sign/; http://lastwordonsports.com/2015/01/19/fury-fc-resigns-pair/

Fury FC Announces Re-signing of F Haworth, CM Eustaquio

Great news coming out of the Fury today, with the announcement that F Carl Haworth and CM Mauro Eustaquio have re-signed with the club for 2015.

This brings up the Fury FC roster to 9 players, and also provides more positive news for Canadian footy, with a greater number of strong professional clubs in Canada definitely providing more opportunities for Canadian players at home.

Haworth had a good season in Ottawa, being one of 2 players to make the jump to NASL from the 2013 Fury PDL team, along with GK Chad Bush. Displaying a lot of heart and aggression on either flanks whether chasing a loose ball or harrying the fullbacks, Haworth also filled in admirably on the wings, considering that he is naturally a striker.

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Sun.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Sun.

He also shows a lot of selflessness on the pitch, able to connect with teammates close by and making off-the-ball runs when needed. However, he will need to work on his end product for the 2015 season from the wings, as he will have to improve his crossing and getting more often into the penalty area. I believe that he will continue to show good development into a winger, and he may seize his opportunity if he is given more chances as a striker.

Eustaquio is a young talent at the heart of midfield who was the main man to sub in for Richie Ryan at DM whenever he was needed. Displaying good tackling and silky smooth long passes from the position, Eustaquio is being watched closely by both Ottawa and Canadian supporters, with many cheering on his development on and off the pitch.

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Citizen.

He still showed his youth on some occasions, with the player sometimes being caught holding on to the ball in dangerous positions, and making a rash tackle that resulted in a straight red in the last regular season match, but these are things that the player is certainly learning from and will only get better in 2015.

Congratulations to Carl and Mauro, this is fantastic news for Ottawa and the two players during a very festive period.

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/detail/uuid/12tyb92gelfv51wcaqluzdt6d8/fury-fc-extend-pair-of-canadians#.VJhy4V4CA

CSN: http://www.canadiansoccernews.com/index.php?/page/articles.html/_/ottcityfootie/fury-fc-announces-re-signing-of-f-haworth-cm-eustaquio-r4994

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/12/22/ottawa-brings-back-2-canadians

Fury FC Announces Signing of LW Paulo Jr, Release of GK Gorrick, Loan of DM Ryan

It was a busy day of roster transactions for Ottawa Fury FC yesterday, with the signing of LW Paulo Araujo Jr., release of GK Devala Gorrick, and temporary loaning out of DM and captain Richie Ryan. Your correspondent was right on top of things on Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and the forums.

However, in between welcoming Paulo Jr. to Ottawa and thanking Gorrick on behalf of the Bytown Boys, battling a cold that’s been passing around the workplace, and trying to play peacemaker between two of my fellow Fury FC blogging collaborators, on top of the actual work that he was assigned to do, I was just a little bit exhausted of social media and typing up lengthy articles for the day 🙂

By now, you’ve probably read various articles and maybe even posted your thoughts on all 3 players, so I will just add some various comments to the 3 movements, and will link various articles that have been written on the transactions.

Signing of LW Paulo Araujo Jr.

Photo courtesy of ESPN
Photo courtesy of ESPN

The winger seems like a very friendly guy on social media who is excited to return to North America after a year home in Brazil with Nautico in Serie B. As you may already have read, Paulo Jr. boasts experience at Real Salt Lake, Miami FC/Ft. Lauderdale Strikers, and the Vancouver Whitecaps reserves.

From the Youtube videos and from comments on social media, Paulo Jr. seems like a speedy and technical player who is right-footed and likes to cut in from the left wing, though he was stationed on the right wing while at RSL.  The video footage shows a player who is more than eager to go for lengthy dribbles and a shot from various spots on the pitch, while one Strikers fan did comment that he does like to hold on to the ball as long as he can.

He will certainly be a contender to start at LW in Dos Santos’s 4-3-3 formation, fulfilling the same role that Oliver and Haworth did in the system, as an inverted winger cutting inwards looking for quick passes and shots more so than crosses. While Mayard did not return, there has been encouraging signs from Dos Santos that both Oliver and Haworth will be re-signed for 2015 and will compete with Paulo Jr., though there hasn’t been much word on Davies.

Paulo Jr. is represented by Nicolas Clavijo, who is also the agent for Richie Ryan. Clavijo was a teammate of Paulo Jr. on the 2012 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers squad, and is the son of Fernando Clavijo, technical director of FC Dallas, and part of the 1994 US MNT WC squad. As Ft. Lauderdale Strikers was owned by Traffic Sports back in 2012, and with the elder Clavijo having been the manager of the 2009 version of the team, on which Paulo Jr. also played, there may very well be some lingering connections to Traffic Sports, who is inextricably connected to NASL and CONCACAF.

We wish the best of luck to Paulo Jr. in his new adventure in Ottawa!

Release of GK Devala Gorrick

Photo courtesy of Ottawa Sun
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Sun

The keeper was fantastic in his displays throughout the 2014 season, with his reflexes being a particular highlight, and most fans believe that he will have no problem landing quickly on his feet in a league of similar calibre. He has proved himself as a NASL-level keeper, and with experiences in Puerto Rico, Thailand, Sweden and Germany, he may yet decide to set sails abroad again if he chooses.

Gorrick also started a blog midway through the season (devalagk.blogspot.ca), which was notable in its well-composed writing and some great insight into the life of a professional football player, written in a humble and narrative way which fans found quite endearing. He will certainly be missed by Fury FC fans, and we wish nothing but the best to Devala in all his future endeavours.

The very best of luck to you, Devala!

Possible loan out of DM Richie Ryan

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

The captain is likely heading off to Peterhead FC, in the Scottish League One (3rd tier), on a short-term loan, as first shared by Blog Smith and later expanded upon by Stuart Mactaggart from Fury Fanatic. Chris Hofley of Ottawa Sun reported that the club plays in Ryan’s partner’s hometown, which would serve the couple well during the long NASL off-season. As Ryan is more than comfortable with the 10 to 11-month European season, this sounds like the perfect way for Ryan to keep his competitive season going.

Other 2014 Fury FC players who we currently know are playing in other clubs during the NASL off-season include CM Tony Donatelli and ST Vini Dantas, playing with Baltimore in the MASL. As reported previously, Dantas’s contract was not renewed as he was released, while there has been little news from Ottawa on many other players whose contracts have also expired, including Donatelli.

All in all, the off-season remains busy for Ottawa throughout the festive period. There will certainly be a plethora of news come January!

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/detail/uuid/j505899q6g1f1jmcjnn7nwwy8/paulo-junior-joins-fury-fc#.VJMWV14CA

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/12/18/ottawa-fury-fc-sign-brazilian-forward

OFFC Review: https://offcreview.wordpress.com/2014/12/19/fury-fc-announces-signing-of-lw-paulo-jr-release-of-gk-gorrick-loan-of-dm-ryan/

Fury Fanatic: https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/fury-sign-brazilian-paulo-junior/; https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/ottawa-fury-release-devala-gorrick/; https://furyfanatic.wordpress.com/2014/12/18/richie-ryan-to-peterhead-on-loan-its-a-possibility/

OFFC announces departure of four players, re-signing of D Omar Jarun

Ottawa Fury FC announced today that they will not be exercising the contract options for LB/CB Ramon Soria, CB Kenny Caceros and LW P.R. Mayard, while also announcing that they will not re-sign ST Vini Dantas. They also disclosed that CB Omar Jarun has re-signed with the club for the 2015 season.

Soria had a solid year playing at both LB and CB, displaying a good level of consistency that helped fill the void of Maykon to injury and later to a mutual departure. He was a fan favourite for his steadiness and versatility, but he found himself relegated to the bench for the run-in of the season with the signing of O’Brian Woodbine.

Caceros is a local favourite who is born and raised in Ottawa, having gone through both the Fury academy and the senior club during Ottawa’s USL PDL days, as well as a stint with the defunct Ottawa CSL side, and has strong connections to the Ottawa footy community. He did not get much playing time and his departure was not unexpected, but Ottawa supporters will certainly be following his next move closely.

Mayard started the season slowly but was a important factor in the resurgence of the club midway through the fall season, with his energetic running down the left flank contributing a new dimension to the Fury offense. However, he was displaced in the starting XI after a good run and was unable to crack the starting lineup again.

Dantas had a strong and memorable season, and his departure has caused the greatest amount of anguish among Fury FC supporters. He will go down in Fury folklore as the first goalscorer in the NASL club’s history, with a header against Minnesota in the 50th minute, and was versatile enough to play as a winger and a CAM in addition to his usual striker role.

While he showed great touches and passing skills that belied his robust appearance, the fact that he was not considered an automatic starter while occupying one of the 7 international spots in the roster, similarly to Soria, counted against him in the very end. He was a great producer on the pitch, however, and his points per minute, including both goals and assists, must certainly be one of the highest in the team, with a number of strong cameos off the bench. We hope that Dantas left the club to look for starting opportunities in another club or a league if he was unable to force himself into reckoning for a starting spot.

OFFC Review would like to say thank you to the 4 players and wish them all the best in their 2015 season and beyond. We and all of the Fury FC supporters will always have a spot for them in our hearts as we all were part of the Fury Family in a memorable first season.

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/detail/uuid/rm3fg0gtwmoe1cj3ejgg214lo/fury-fc-roster-update#.VHYt4Mk08UY

Ottawa Sun: http://www.ottawasun.com/2014/11/26/fury-axe-four-from-roster

Ottawa Citizen: http://ottawacitizen.com/sports/local-sports/fury-fc-drops-four-players-from-roster

Blog Fury FC: https://blogfuryfc.wordpress.com/2014/11/26/ottawa-fury-fc-cuts-4-loose/

OFFC announces release of D Andres Fresenga

Ottawa Fury FC announced this morning that they have released RB Andres Fresenga. The fullback started the season with high expectations from the Fury FC supporters, as a Canadian U-23 international who had attended the full national team training camp, with a trial at Vancouver Whitecaps FC.

However, his season was blighted by injury and inconsistent form, as his great overlapping runs and committed defending were interspersed with inconsistent displays time to time on the right flank. Fresenga did seem to turn the corner with an excellent display in the home match vs. San Antonio in May, but it would in fact turn out to be his last match for the club, as he picked up an injury during the summer break. With the subsequent signings of Ryan Richter and O’Brian Woodbine, Fresenga lost his spot in the starting XI, and the move today should benefit both parties involved, as Fresenga will do well to start fresh at a new club.

We wish the best to Andres, a Uruguayan-Canadian from Toronto, who we believe will continue to develop and cross paths with in the near future in the Canadian football landscape. The Fury FC supporters also will not forget the little strut and humour he showed at the Fury FC kit launch party at the beginning of the season, where he endeared himself to teammates and fans alike. Good luck, Andres.

OFFC: https://twitter.com/OttawaFuryFC/status/519834075260268544

SMR Interview: http://www.stonymondayriot.com/stonymondayriot/2014/6/19/andres-fresenga

OFFC sign D O’Brian Woodbine, announces return of D Ryan Richter

Ottawa Fury FC officially signed RB O’Brian Woodbine today. In addition, the Fury FC announced on Twitter that they will welcome back RB/CB Ryan Richter back to the team on Wednesday.

OFFC: http://www.ottawafuryfc.com/news/detail/uuid/3gvcklf1uhqa14h7k6gfn4vc4/fury-fc-sign-defender-obrian-woodbine#.VBiZTmMxI3B

OFFC: https://twitter.com/OttawaFuryFC/status/511711548658966529

The original article about Woodbine follows below.

The Fury FC had been hinting at a signing or two for the past week or so, dropping hints that he is a defender with CONCACAF experience, and today, Chris Hofley of Ottawa Sun confirmed that Jamaican int’l RB O’Brian Woodbine has been at training with Ottawa and is expected to sign with the club this week.

Woodbine comes in with international experience with his country, playing for Jamaica in the 2010 WC qualifiers, has played for Charleston Battery (USL), and was most recently signed to New England Revolution, though he did not appear in any MLS matches.

Woodbine fills a need in our defense with the loan recall of RB Ryan Richter, the injury to CB/RB Drew Beckie, and the suspension of RW/RB Phil Davies. He should provide good competition to RB Andres Fresenga, who is returning from injury, and CB/RB Kenny Caceros, who Hofley reported has been training with the starting XI this week for the match vs. Carolina.

Ottawa Sun: https://twitter.com/chrishofley/status/507561592272076800

New England Revolution: http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/news/2013/08/revs-sign-jamaican-defender-o%E2%80%99brian-woodbine

New England Revolution: http://www.revolutionsoccer.net/news/2014/06/revolution-waives-defender-obrian-woodbine

MLS: http://www.mlssoccer.com/players/obrian-woodbine

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O%27Brian_Woodbine

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AYbcEpG0pCA