2015 Fury FC NASL Season – Matchday 4 – New York Cosmos vs. Ottawa Fury FC Preview
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)
New York Previous Matchday Lineup – 0-0 D at Atlanta – (4-2-3-1) – Maurer; Ayoze, Mendes (C), Roversio (Diosa), Gorskie; Szetela, Marcos Senna; Leonardo Fernandes (Stokkelien), Raul, Restrepo; Mkosana (Guenzatti)
New York Players to Watch: Raul Gonzalez, Danny Szetela, Walter Restrepo
The Fury goes to MCU Park in Brooklyn to face New York Cosmos for a special game at the stadium of the New York Mets’ single-A affiliate. Some of the Ottawa supporters are making the trek to New York currently, while your correspondent is heavily debating whether to make the 8-hour drive himself tomorrow morning 🙂
Ottawa returns to New York for the first time since the infamous Danny Szetela-Oliver incident, in which Szetela’s elbow smashed Oliver’s mouth, with the player suffering a fractured jaw and several lost teeth and missing a number of games as a result.
New York tops the league with 8 points from 4 matches, with 2 W’s and 2D’s. They have once again showcased their stingy defense, with Jimmy Maurer (just named NASL Player of the Month for April today) and the usual back 4 all returnees from the 2014 season. Marcos Senna and Szetela, two very recognizable names, patrol the midfield, while Walter Restrepo was the huge signing from San Antonio.
And I have a huge amount of respect for Raul from his time at Real Madrid, as a Valencia fan and an avid follower of La Liga since the turn of the century. He has shown himself to be a model professional throughout his career and carries an enormous amount of clout in the Spanish-speaking football world.
Ottawa will be looking to get a positive result after three 3-1 losses in a row. This game will be another tough one, but these are the situations where the club must rise up. As NASL notes, it’s been an exhausting run for Ottawa over the last two weeks, with Fury FC set to play its 5th match since April 18, due to the two Voyageurs Cup ties.
The return of Marc Dos Santos to the manager seat, after two games away due to bereavement and suspension, will be warmly welcomed.
At the end of the day, despite the number of penalty calls that did not come the Fury’s way, the Ottawa side were not good enough to overcome the Eddies. Questions are starting to be asked about the Fury’s defense and its killer instinct in the opponent’s penalty area, and Lance Laing once again proved to be the decisive figure in the Voyageurs Cup tie.
All credit to the Fury players for fighting until the end, and full credits must go to Colin Miller and FC Edmonton, who now represent the Canadian NASL contingent in a tasty semi-final showdown vs. Vancouver, while Toronto and Montreal will butt heads in the other semi.
Ottawa Previous Matchday Lineup – 1-3 L vs. Ft. Lauderdale – (4-2-3-1) – Peiser; Randolph (Misik 86′), Falvey, Rafael Alves, Richter; de Guzman, Paterson (Wiedeman 67′); Paulo Jr., Oliver (Ubiparipovic 56′), Haworth; Heinemann
Edmonton Previous Matchday Lineup – 1-3 W at Ottawa – (4-1-4-1) – VanOekel; Moses, Watson, Roberts, Edward; Granitto (Raudales 60’); Smith (Laing 59’), Jalali (Fordyce 70’), Jones, Nyassi; Ameobi
Edmonton Players to Watch: Lance Laing, Sainey Nyassi, Tomi Ameobi
Fury FC supporters, it’s early in the 2015 season, but it has already become do-or-die VCup time.
The Fury FC faces FC Edmonton in the Voyageurs Cup (Amway Canadian Championship) preliminary round 2nd leg tomorrow night, as the match kicks off at 10:00pm at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton.
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. The Eddies hold a significant advantage going into the leg, with a 1-3 away victory one week ago in Ottawa.
Ottawa dominated the 1st half of the 1st leg last week, entering halftime at 1-0, but the introduction of Lance Laing completely changed the dynamics of the play, with Edmonton scoring 3 unanswered goals in the final 10 minutes of the game.
FC Edmonton comes off a NASL bye week, while the Fury lost to Ft. Lauderdale 1-3 at home on Saturday, with the lone goal coming off a corner kick from Ubiparipovic, which was converted by Rafael Alves.
The Fury FC announced today that Oliver and Mike Randolph picked up knocks during the weekend and will miss the game, alongside Richie Ryan and Phil Davies, who have more long-term injuries. Chris Hofley has again hinted at a possible rotation in for Mason Trafford and Drew Beckie for this match.
These cup ties are precisely the times when the boys need us the most, let’s get behind the lads as they go for a huge comeback in Edmonton, or at least go all out trying.
We’re with you, lads. Fury FC, let’s do this shit.