Here, in chronological order, is the Ottawa Fury FC’s NASL year in review…enjoy.
– March 15, Fury play 1st game in their history at Complexe Branchaud-Briere vs. York University (2:1 win), Paterson scores first goal in history with a 1st half penalty
– March 21, Fury’s first road trip takes them to Rochester to face the Rhinos, and achieve a 1:1 draw
– After visa issues cause delays Hamza Elias, Vini Dantas and Maykon show up to training camp
– March 29, Fury finalize their roster signing try-out and local player Kenny Caceros as the club FINALLY unveils their kit’s at a fashion show. Also, Fury’s last home preseason friendly against Syracuse U. ends in a 1:1 draw
– April 1, Fury travel to South Florida to resume training camp ahead of NASL season
– Fury play 2 matches against Saint-Marc (0:4 Win) and Floridians (1:2 Win) where Tommy Heinemann is injured and will miss 9 matches coming back on May 31st.
– April 12, 2014 Fury kick-off professional NASL soccer in Ft. Lauderdale against the Strikers (lose 2:0), Nicki Paterson injured and will be out until July 26, missing 12 matches.
– April 19, In front of 3,457 fans professional soccer returns to Ottawa at Carelton U as Minnesota win controversially in the 96/97/98th minute, Vini Dantas scores the first goal in club history in the 50th minute.
– April 23, Fury’s first match in the Voyageurs Cup ends 0:0 at a freezing Carelton against FC Edmonton, Gorrick makes a few great stops showing a glimpse of how well he’ll play for the remainder of the Spring season
– April 26, Fury win their first match with a commanding 4:0 win over Carolina behind Oliver’s 2-goal 1-assist outing earning him the Fury’s only NASL player of the week honors
– April 30, Fury lose the away leg in the Voyageurs Cup 3:1 in Edmonton. Fury supporters unable to see first half due to “technical difficulties”
– May 3, Fury fall in Atlanta 2:1 in one of the worst outings in the Spring and perhaps all season, traveling from Edmonton after a mid-week V-Cup the Fury looked worn out and tired
– May 10, returning home the Fury draw 1:1 against Tampa Bay, a missed penalty from Oliver proves decisive
– May 17, Behind 2 goals from Tony Donatelli the Fury pick up their first away win over their expansion cousins Indy Eleven
– May 24, After a goals by Donatelli, his 4th in 3 games and Ubi, Fury take a 1-goal lead into the 80th minute and watch as the eventual Soccer Bowl champs SA Scorpions score 2 to take home the 3 points at Carelton
– May 31, Tommy Heinmann comes back from injury to score in injury time to defeat the Eddies at the last game held at Carelton U.
– June 3, Goalkeeping coach David Bellemare resigns
– June 8, Fury lose a tight game in New York against the Cosmos in the final match of the NASL Fall season, Fury finish 6th in the Spring Season and 4 points behind Carolina for the 4th and final playoff spot
– NASL goes on Summer Break for the World Cup being held in Brazil
– Off-Season Moves: Fury send back Zakaria Messoudi to Montreal (loan) and release Hamza Elias (moment of silence please!) to sign Keeper Romuald Peiser in a questionable move as Devala Gorrick had played so well during the Spring Season. Fury also get Ryan Richter on loan from Toronto FC.
– July 13, NASL Fall season begins with the Fury drawing 0:0 in Edmonton, Ryan Richter debut’s with a second yellow early in the 2nd half
– July 20, TD Place opens in front of 14,593 supporters breaking the NASL single game attendance record, unfortunately the Fury would lose 0:1
– July 23, Three days later the Fury would welcome Scottish Championship side Rangers in front of over 8,000 fans. Fury would lose 0:1, this would be the only chance the fans got to see both Chad Bush and Marcel DeBellis in net
– July 26, Fury would visit Carolina and experiment with a 4-4-2 formation, it did not work. Paterson would return from injury, but this would be the last time Devala Gorrick would see action for Ottawa
– August 2, Fury would travel to play Minnesota at the University of Minnesota in the second game of a double-header, Fury would lose a heartbreaker 2:1 after a weak penalty was called, this was the first game Peiser would start, Ubi would score to break a 400+ minute NASL scoreless drought for the Fury
– August 7, Ottawa signs former Liverpool FC keeper Bruce Grobbelaar as goalkeeping coach
– August 9, Fury would extend their NASL losing streak to 4 games as they lose to Ft. Lauderdale 1:2, Carl Haworth would score the club’s first ever goal at TD Place.
– August 17, Fury would end their 4 game losing streak at home to San Antonio as Tommy Heinmemann score in the 89th minute to seal the draw
– August 23, Fury would break their 6 game winless streak as they defeat Indy Eleven 1:2 in a rain postponed match, Ubi with the winner
– August 28, Fury release Brazilian defender Maykon
– August 30, Fury lose 0:2 to Tampa Bay at home, Fury haven’t won at home since May and have won 1 game in their past 8 matches; MDS lashes out because of Bon Jovi
– Sept 7, Fury off an Oliver controversial injury-time goal draw Carolina 2-2 at TD Place
– Sept 13, Oliver and Ubi both score as the Fury record their first away win to a team not named Indy with a 0:2 win over Tampa Bay
– Sept 16, Fury sign Jamaican international defender O’Brian Woodbine to a contract, to replace the departed Maykon
– Sept 20, Oliver scores for the 3rd straight game to beat Atlanta in Atlanta 0:3 for their first back-to-back victories in the NASL and both are away. Fury are starting to get back into the playoff picture
– Sept 28, Fury lose a hard-fought match against league leaders Minnesota United 2:3 at home, Richie Ryan score an amazing free-kick in the loss
– October 1, Fury win their first game at home against the struggling Atlanta Silverbacks 2:0, behind a strong performance by Vini Dantas in the mid-week game
– October 4, Fury behind Ryan Richter’s last minute goal draw the eventual Champion San Antonio Scorpions 1:1
– October 8, Fury release defender Andres Fresenga
– October 11, Fury lose a tough game in New York against the Cosmos 2:1, Oliver is the recipient of a hard foul and is taken out of the game, after the game Oliver is said to be out the remainder of the season. Fury are officially eliminated form the playoffs
– October 18, Fury lose at home to FC Edmonton 0:2, in one of their worst performances of the year
– October 26, Fury lose their home finale 1:2 against the Indy Eleven, Fury end up winning only once in 9 games (10 inc. Rangers) at TD Place in 2014
– November 1, Fury can’t hold on the the lead after a 54’ red card from Eustaquio and draw Ft. Lauderdale 1:1 in Florida in the last game of the NASL season
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