2014 Ottawa Fury FC Players’ Notes

In the 2nd part of our season review on the 2014 Ottawa Fury FC season, Namu Yoon (@BBSC_SeoulBro), from Canadian Soccer News and the OFFC Review blog, and Blog Smith (@BlogFuryFC), from Metro News Ottawa, the Ours is the Fury podcast on RedNation Online and the Blog Fury FC website, weigh in on the season and comment on two aspects they liked about each player and one aspect about each player that they thought could be worked on for next season. We will focus our comments on those who played at least 5 competitive games for Ottawa and remained with the club as of the last NASL matchday.

You can weigh in on the comments section below, or harp at us on Twitter! We’d like to once again extend our thanks and congratulations to all the Ottawa Fury FC players, coaches and the on/off-field staff, and we hope they enjoy their well-deserved rest and vacations.

Goalkeepers

GK Romuald Peiser – Namu Yoon (NY): Can make spectacular saves, and can pull off a string of good saves. Could do better on 1-on-1 chances and breakaway chances. Blog Fury FC (BF): A strong leader that can make unbelievable saves; however, often gets flustered in a crowd.

GK Devala Gorrick – NY: Great reflexes, and communicates strongly with his defenders. Could do better on aerial balls and crosses into the area. BF: Has a high competitive level and great positioning, but is lacklustre in air.

Defenders

LB/CB Ramon Soria – BF: A versatile, smart defender who can deliver great deep crosses into box, but should work on defending in space. NY: Good bursts up the field with the ball, and versatile on both the left flank and in centre. Sometimes beat for pace by faster wingers.

LB/RB O’Brian Woodbine – BF: Quick, tough defender always a threat to join the attack but is sloppy at times and gives away too many fouls. NY: Confident in both attack and defense, and can match faster wingers for pace. Outmuscled by more physical wingers time to time.

CB/LB Mason Trafford – BF: The team’s workhorse is a tenacious defender. Is an average, not spectacular, all-around player. NY: Composed in central defense, and initiates a significant number of attacks with good passing. Needs to win more aerial duels on crosses and long balls from the opposition half.

CB Omar Jarun – BF: Is physically unmatched on the field, and is an offensive threat on set-pieces. However, is often caught out of position by his lack of speed. NY: Very aggressive and physical, and leads the back four well with strong communication. Ball control could be better, with quicker passes out of the backline.

CB/RB Drew Beckie – BF: The best slide-tackler on team has the ability to mark anyone on the field, but must work to avoid costly mistakes. NY: Hustles for the ball, and makes brave tackles and shots blocked. Needs to ensure that clearances get the ball out of the danger area.

RB/CB Ryan Richter – BF: Strong on the ball and great in anticipating when to push forward in attack, but lacks focus sometimes and must work on being more team-first. NY: Very good with the ball while attacking on the right flank, and is physical on defense. Needs to ensure consistency, with fewer mistakes on the ball in our own half.

Midfielders

CM/CAM Sinisa Ubiparipovic – NY: Great imaginative passing, and fine technique on the ball. Should help out on defense more if playing in central midfield. BF: The best pure dibbler on the team who runs at defenders creating offensive opportunities, but lack of conditioning cost him down the stretch.

DM Richie Ryan – NY: Wide and composed vision from central midfield, and makes strong tackles in midfield. Can not be allowed to get caught up field while playing as the only defensive midfielder. BF: Arguably the best passer in the league and the club’s vocal leader. However, his marking is poor for a DM, and he simply needs to run more.

DM/CM Mauro Eustaquio – NY: Good passing on long balls to the wingers and fine tackling in centre mid. Must be careful not to get caught in possession holding on to the ball. BF: Plays the game like a veteran player and has great range and is an adept defender, but a bad mistake cost Fury final match of season.

CM/RM Tony Donatelli – NY: Smooth link-up between midfield and offense, and always seems to find the open man. Must improve speed to help out on defense and to get into the opposing penalty area. BF: A physical presence in midfield with great vision and is patient under pressure, but lacks imagination and creativity in final third.

CM/RM Nicki Paterson – NY: Good through passes and energetic in the midfield. Could improve on being more accurate with long-range shots and passing. BF: Not afraid to take a shot, and will track back and defend; unfortunately, he disappears in some matches and must work on making more medium to long passes.

Attackers

LW/RW/CAM Oliver Minatel – BF: Fury’s leading scorer while playing limited minutes is a rare goal-poaching winger. Doesn’t always bring his A-game and needs to improve an inconsistent work rate. NY: Great athleticism in the penalty area, and brave in the air. Could get more involved in the build-up play with the striker.

LW P.R. Mayard – BF: Strong and quick with the ability to stretch opposing defenses down the flanks; however, his technique needs to be worked on for him to stand out. NY: Enthusiastic on the left flank, and can cross the ball well. Should attempt to pick out the right short passes when needed.

CF Tom Heinemann – BF: Tremendous work-rate with an uncanny resilience to constant hard tackles/fouls; however, must do better to create scoring chances on his own. NY: Great physical presence up top, and can finish a variety of different chances. Could work on better positioning for the aerial duels.

CF/CAM Vini Dantas – BF: An accomplished possession-type dribbler with incredible vision to create great goal-scoring opportunities; however, should work on becoming a more clinical finisher. NY: Really good play with the back to the goal, and can pick out nice chipped passes. Must provide a stronger presence in the penalty area.

RW/LW Carl Haworth – BF: Is very quick with exceptional close-quarter ball control and isn’t lacking confidence and skill to pull off the unbelievable. Needs to work on playing in space and crossing the ball. NY: Very energetic and aggressive and a good example to follow on the pitch. Could work on getting into and getting more involved inside the penalty area.

RW/RB Philippe Davies – BF: The best crosser on the team who plays defense as well as he does wing. Needs to become more well-rounded to be a consistent starter. NY: Best crosser on the team, and nice technique on the flanks. Could look for more involvement in the offensive buildup and on defense.

Other Fury FC Players

GK Marcel DeBellis, GK Chad Bush, LB Maykon Araujo, CB Kenny Caceros, RB Andres Fresenga, CM Hamza Elias, CM Zakaria Messoudi

You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.

You can follow Blog Smith on Twitter at @BlogFuryFC, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at BlogFuryFC.wordpress.com, and his contributions to the Ours is the Fury podcast at @OttawaFury.

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The 2014 Ottawa Fury FC Bloggers’ Awards

The inaugural NASL regular season has now wrapped up for Ottawa Fury FC, and there have been great and well-cherished moments throughout 2014. Namu Yoon (@BBSC_SeoulBro), from Canadian Soccer News and the OFFC Review blog, and Blog Smith (@BlogFuryFC), from Metro Ottawa Newspaper (@MetroOttawa), the Ours is the Fury podcast on RedNation Online and the Blog Fury FC website, weigh in on the 2014 season and comment on who they feel deserve some of the end-of-the year awards that they have shamelessly taken from the excellent Waking the Red TFC SB Nation website (@WakingTheRed).

You can weigh in on the comments section below, or harp at us on Twitter! We’d like to extend our thanks and congratulations to all the Ottawa Fury FC players, coaches and the on/off-field staff, and commend the great fans and SGs that supported the club at Lansdowne, Carleton, and on the interwebz.

Team MVP

Blog Smith: Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Runner-up: Oliver) – This was not an easy decision and could easily be 4-5 different players. Ubi was the most consistent midfielder all year and an offensive threat whenever he touched the ball. Showing incredible skill on the ball, he was catalyst for the possession game the Fury were able to maintain (and often dominate) in most matches.

Namu Yoon: Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Runner-up: Tony Donatelli) – The Fury FC midfield was the strongest component in the team throughout the year, and Richie Ryan (my 3rd choice) provided the rock-solid stability and Donatelli provided the silky link-ups between defense and offense. However, Ubi was the magician that made the Fury offense possible, with his fantastic through balls to the strikers and the wingers, and the great technique to weave around the defenders when needed.

Courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen

Courtesy of The Ottawa Citizen

Offensive Player of the Year

Namu: Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Runner-up: Oliver) – As described above, he was the talisman that made the team function in its possession-oriented game, while he was also capable of the magic moments that broke open a game with his precise through passes. Oliver showed incredible athleticism in the penalty area, leading the team in goals scored, with the majority of his goals coming off his head while playing as a winger in a 4-3-3 formation. That’s just astounding. Honourable mentions to Tom Heinemann/Vini Dantas for their leading of the forward line and Carl Haworth for his non-stop running.

Bloggy: Oliver (Runner-up: Vini Dantas) – The Fury’s leading goal scorer and the only NASL Player of the Week winner from the club, Oliver was able to score some incredible goals from the wing, a position that produced almost no offence throughout the year. Seven goals and three assists in an injury-shortened season is undeniably incredible.

Defensive Player of the Year

Bloggy: Romuald Peiser/Devala Gorrick (Runner-up: Drew Beckie) – This may seem a bit like cheating, but it’s hard to pick one without picking the other. In a year that had many defensive lapses, both Peiser and Gorrick were outstanding all season, with both making very few mistakes while often saving the team with highlight-reel saves. Ottawa finished 5th in the league in goals conceded.

Namu: Romuald Peiser/Devala Gorrick (Runner-up: Drew Beckie) – Easily the hardest pick for me, personally. At the end of the day, when I thought about who were the players that helped keep Ottawa’s strong defensive record, it had to be the two keepers, who both displayed fantastic reflexes in net, and kept the team in the game for numerous occasions. Among the defenders, Beckie displayed a strong amount of grit and hustle that enabled him to win headers and block numerous shots, even taking in a concussion in the spring season as a result, while also helping start the passing game from the back. Honourable mention to O’Brian Woodbine for showing great 1-on-1 defensive skills in the games that he played after being picked up near the end of the season.

Courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen

Courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen

Young Player of the Year

Namu: Drew Beckie (Runner-up: Oliver) – Both Beckie and Oliver were integral to the side for their relative youth, but I felt Beckie’s all-around contribution when on the field was just that little bit better than Oliver’s, despite Beckie playing only about 75% of the league matches, due to both injury and team selection.

Bloggy: Oliver (Runner-up: Drew Beckie) – At 22, the young Brazilian has many years ahead of him, and if he can build on an amazing 2014 season, he has the potential to be scary-good in this league, if he isn’t already.

Moment of the Year

Bloggy: Oliver’s last second equalizer against Carolina at TD Place that led the Fury out of the basement of the league table and into the best run of the year for the Fury, who would shortly find themselves in the thick of the playoff race (Runner-up: First Fury win 4-0 over Carolina).

Namu: The home openers at Carleton and Lansdowne. The home opener at Carleton brought back a high-calibre professional footy side to Ottawa and was the culmination of a great amount of dedication by the OFFC staff, while the Lansdowne opener put Ottawa firmly on the North American footy landscape (Runner-up: The epic last-minute winner by Tommy Heinemann off the bench vs. FC Edmonton in the spring season).

You can follow Namu Yoon on Twitter at @BBSC_SeoulBro, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC at OFFCReview.wordpress.com, and at @OFFCReview.

You can follow Blog Smith on Twitter at @BlogFuryFC, and his blog on Ottawa Fury FC here, and his contributions to the Ours is the Fury podcast at @OttawaFury.

 

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Three Players That Changed the Ottawa Fury FC’s Fall Season

The beginning of the NASL Fall season didn’t start out as expected for the Ottawa Fury FC. After a successful Spring season in which Ottawa finished in 6th place, the Fury were hoping to build on their strong start and push for a playoff spot as they moved from Carleton U. into the new TD Place at Lansdowne.  Well, the Fall Season did not start out as planned, after drawing FC Edmonton at Commonwealth Stadium, the Fury went on to lose the next four matches and five out of the next six and saw the club go goalless in 410 minutes (4 1/2 matches) which saw the Fury plummet in the standings to last place in both the Fall and Combined tables.  Just when all hope was lost the Fury were able to go on an eight match streak that saw them win four (including 3 away in a row) and draw two, and climb back into the playoff picture and even achieve their first win at TD Place.  There’s no question that this was a team effort, but three players stood out and were the backbone in taking the Fury from the basement to climbing up the NASL table and making them one of the hottest teams in the league.

Romuald Peiser

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After the surprising signing by the Fury who had three keepers already, including Devala Gorrick who was arguably Ottawa’s MVP during the Spring season, Romuald Peiser started the Fall season on the bench.  Replacing Gorrick in the starting XI after a 3:0 thrashing in Carolina, Peiser began his Fury career a bit shaky giving up two goals in back-to-back losses.  By the third match Peiser became comfortable in the Fury net and became a real force in the league and an on-field leader the still new and young Fury defense desperately needed.  Peiser’s greatest game was in Tampa Bay as he made a couple of acrobatic highlight-reel save to preserve the clean sheet and victory for the Fury.  It is no coincidence that the Fury’s great run has come at the time its veteran keeper has really stepped into the role Marc Dos Santos envisioned for him when he was signed over the Summer.

Last 8 matches: 3 Clean Sheets, 0.875 GAA, 2 x NASL Team of the Week 

Oliver

Courtesy of the Ottawa Citizen

 A day-1 starter for the Ottawa Fury FC, big things we’re expected from the young Brazilian winger and he delivered quickly with an NASL Player of the Week, 2-goal, 1-assist, performance during the Fury’s first ever win against Carolina at Carleton U.  Oliver failed to reproduce this form for the remainder of the Spring and early Fall season before succumbing to an injury.  Oliver returned as a sub against Tampa Bay on August 30th, and then again a week later when he came on against Carolina when he was able to get his head on a cross in injury time to tie the game in front of the rocking TD Place faithful. Oliver would go on to score the deciding goal in Tampa Bay the next week followed up by a goal and an assist in Atlanta two weeks later.  He would later add another assist against Atlanta, during the Fury’s first win at TD Place.  Oliver’s clutch return to form from injury was the offensive spark the Fury desperately needed that helped the Fury become one of the hottest and most dangerous teams in the NASL.

Last 5 matches: 3 Goals, 2 Assists, 1 x NASL Team of the Week

Richie Ryan

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Richie Ryan, the first captain in Ottawa Fury FC history, had a rough start to Ottawa’s inaugural season in the NASL.  The veteran Irish midfielder had trouble coping to the North American game as well as having to be the catalyst in midfield surrounded by a team full of mostly strangers.  Ryan struggled with defensive responsibilities and decision making while handling the physical nature of the NASL.  Ryan was always flashing his incredible vision and passing skill throughout the Spring and early Fall season, but more often than not the mistakes more than overshadowed the positive.  In the same match that Romuald Peiser started in his first match, Ryan was injured in pre-game warm up and was replaced with Mauro Eustaquio, who had a really good game against the league leaders.  Ryan returned to the lineup the week after and has been a force ever since. Mistakes are almost nonexistent and his pass selection and decision making is unmatched in the NASL.  Ryan has transformed himself into the leader of the team and the face of the young franchise.  His goal/assist stats will never be flashy, however he has been the victim of countless heavy challenges including being the victim of two red card offences in the two wins versus Atlanta.  The highlight of Ryan’s (and the Fury’s) year was the jaw-dropping freekick against Minnesota that was awarded the NASL Play of the Week.  Ryan’s skill with the ball and his leadership off it goes hand-in-hand with the recent success Ottawa has achieved.

Last 8 matches: 1 Goal, 1 x NASL Play of the Week

While the playoffs are not in the cards for the Ottawa Fury FC this year, this team has the ability to really make some waves and garner some respect in the NASL before the end of the season.  With five games left can these players remain in form?  Will another group of players emerge to take the Fury to another level?  Sinisa Ubiparipovic has been stellar all season and can break a game open at any moment. Mason Trafford (who shows up in every Fury photo somehow) has been a rock in the back line.  Vini Dantas looks more dangerous the more playing time he gets and was the offence in the Fury’s first win at TD Place.  Only time will tell.

Blog Smith @BlogFuryFC

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Ottawa Fury Supporter Groups Asked to Move Out of Supporters Section

The Supporters Groups of the Ottawa Fury FC:  Bytown Boys SC, Stony Monday Riot and Fury Ultras are stunned after an email sent out by the club Thursday regarding a proposal to move the Supporters Groups out of Section W, the Supporters Section, to a much smaller and remote section on the north stand of TD Place.

Hello Fury FC Supporters,
I wanted to clear the air on some of the rumors around the Supporter Section at TD Place.
We are proposing the move from section W to F1 which is on the north side in the field level seating for our Ottawa Fury FC games. The other three field level seating area’s will be for sale to all our Fury FC fans on all game days so our SG’s will not be the only ticket holders on the North Side.
With the move you will be chanting towards the south side stands with maximum exposure of our SG’s to our fans at TD Place.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

 

Go Fury!
The problems arose during the first two games at the new TD Place at Lansdowne Park when the Supporters Groups, many of whom have tickets in seats elsewhere and move to  Section W, were confronted with non-supporters who had purchased most of the remaining seating in the Section because the Fury offered these tickets to anyone and it gave them a $5 discount for being supporters. Non-supporters, now called tourists, we’re upset that their views were being obstructed and the noise was too loud or profane for them and/or the many children in the section.  SG’s were in-turn upset over having to hear and many times deal with these complaints in their own section, having to move in order to accommodate a tourist’s allocated seat and being packed in tightly and not being given any room to move or allow fans from other sections to join in the on the fun.

 

After the home opener, when asked about this issue, the Ottawa Fury FC twitter account replied that anyone buying tickets in Section W were given a warning on what to expect.  The warning, (internet purchase) shown below, of course did not mention that the Supporters will be standing and that the ticket purchaser will therefore not be guaranteed their designated seat, and nothing about the possibility of adult language.  This warning was not heeded, as the prospect of a $5 discount proved too alluring to bother about any possible confetti incidents.

 

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 The proposed move would see the SG’s moved into a much smaller section, and with the limited space would see the three groups be amassed into one.  Each of these groups have their own songs, style and individuality that a move together would all but eliminate, not to mention some of the chants sung back and fourth between these groups would disappear as well.  The lack of space to grow the groups during the game wouldn’t be an issue as most fans wouldn’t move all the way across the stadium to join in.  Having the Supporters among the crowd to help lead them to make noise is why the supporters are there, having them in the empty part of the stadium would make an almost adversarial relationship between Supporters groups and regular fans.

 

When word spread of the email Friday afternoon, Twitter exploded (as much as Fury supporters can blow-up Twitter) first with confusion as to what was actually happening and later as a united stand to keep Section W as a Supporters Section.

 

They Bytown Boys SC made it absolutely clear where they’d prefer to watch Fury matches from.

Stony Monday Riot made it clear later in the afternoon when they published their reply to the Fury email on their Facebook Page.

Stony Monday Riot has considered the offer from the Fury to move to section F1, and we have decided to decline.

SMR believes that a solution can be found within Section W for the Supporters Groups. As such, the section should be exclusive to Supporters Groups, as well as those that want to join who have bought tickets to other sections.

It’s our belief that SG tickets should not be sold online, or given away by the club. The SGs cannot fill all of section W yet, but patience is required. There are 24000 seats in the stadium, surely a few unsold seats on the goal line are not eating at OSEG profits.

We know OSEG has done its homework on supporter culture, and know that these things don’t explode overnight. We ask that you help us in defining our section, section W, as a Supporters Section, and allow us to grow over time. With the proper support from the club, we know we can be one of the best supporters sections in North America.

Let us know if you have any questions. We look forward to your reply.

Stony Monday Riot

** Update (7/28):  Bytown Boys officially responded to the Fury’s proposal on their facebook page here is is:

Dear Ottawa Fury FC,

We would like to thank you for your offer to move the SG section to F1, but we would like to respectfully decline this offer.

We wish to grow Section W into a section dedicated to an unwavering bastion of support and love for the Fury, and we hope to continue to count on your love and support of us, your most loyal and die-hard supporters. We have various ideas on how the supporters experience can be improved upon so that the SGs, the fans, and OFFC can all mutually benefit, and would be happy to discuss in person or by other means.

We were there from Day 1, and we promise you that we will always be there to support Ottawa Fury FC. Come on you Fury! ‪#‎WeAreSectionW‬

Sincerely yours,

The Bytown Boys SC

There have been many issues between supporters and the Fury FO in the club’s short history.  The Ottawa NASL franchise began a heavily marketed “name our team” campaign in which fans could submit team names, the team chose to keep the Fury name leaving many fans wondering if this was just a promotional tool and they had planned on keeping the name all along.  A similar campaign, this time regarding a “vote” on kit selection, the winning kit reveal was delayed for over 6 months as the team was finding a kit sponsor.  Amid numerous requests from anxious supporters the Fury always coldly replied that they were “finalizing” a deal. The kits were released at the last minute during a fashion show (yep!) without sponsors.  More recently, during the season at Carleton, the Fury were openly unwilling to listen to supporters concerns over the overzealous and often intimidating tactics used by Security on Supporters.

The Ottawa Fury FC have stated that they back their Supporters Groups and they even sell a $5 game program with the supporters groups featured prominently.  Unfortunately, stating that, and acting that you do support those that support your team are two very different things.

With no reply from the Fury at the time of this writing, it will be interesting to see what, if any, changes are made to Section W before the Fury next home game on Saturday August 9th.

 Blog Smith @BlogFuryFC
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Reasons 8 through 10 to Attend the Next Ottawa Fury Match

This is a blog response/addition to the great article “7 Reasons to Attend the Next Ottawa Fury Match” that Jonathan Bagg wrote for soccernewsday.com, which can be read in its entirety HERE.  You should read it first and probably only as it’s much better written than what is below.

If you still follow the official Ottawa Fury FC twitter feed, and why wouldn’t you?  It taught me just the other week than LuluLemon sells men’s clothing!  I know right.  You know that the New York Cosmos are coming to town to play the Ottawa Fury FC at the new TD Place stadium, which is an odd name because all the TD Banks I’ve been to had their own parking.  Anywho, this game kicks-off Sunday July 20th at 3pm.

What Else is There To Do? (it’s Ottawa!)

Unlike the bustling metropolis of New York City, or even borin-ass Long Island, there is really nothing to do in this city.  Maybe you could go to the beach? I wouldn’t, the beaches here suck and they’re only open on rainy days  because of vicious snapping turtles or algae or something more sciency-sounding which means it’s gross as shit.  Stay at home and watch Netflix?  Nope.  You’ve already watched the new season of Orange is the New Black, and you called in sick to watch Hemlock Grove for 14 hours straight hours already this week. TV?  Nothing on.  You could catch the last 30 minutes of Pay it Forward, but I’ll spare you: that little do-goody blond haired a-hole dies at the end.

The Beer will be Cheaper and Easier to Get

The beer will be priced at $5.50, instead of the $6.00 it was at Carleton, which is cheaper, a point I make for anyone who did or is currently attending Carleton University.  All you traditionalists out there will be super stoked about the retro beer buying process at TD Place.  When you find someone selling beer, you will hand them money, and they will in-turn reward you by handing you a beer.  No more colour coded tickets, no more rave-admission paper wrist things, and no more tracking a beer guy down like he’s the last limping antelope in the heard.  It will be a tough transition, I know, but this is how it’s been since the invention of beer and money.

Be Part of a Record

Remember back to your high school days, when someone with far too much time on their hands organized something to get your school into the Guinness Book of Records?  Mine was the longest line-dance, I went to a high school in the sticks I make no apologies, and it *spoiler-alert didn’t break the record.  Anywho, I always regretted not being a part of it, not the line-dancing because frankly that shit was fucking stupid, but to be part of a record, something I could tell my grand-kids about as punishment and be proud doing it.  Well, as it turns out this game should break the NASL 2.0 attendance record.  This will not get YOUR name in the record books, but it will give something back to the community that helped erect this great cathedral of sports…and to give the Fury twitter team something actually worth tweeting about, I hate to harp on them, but it’s dire.  “Here’s the Fury training on a field they weren’t training on yesterday #confusinghashtag”  repeat with slightly different pic 20 times over course of next 2 days.

Seriously go though!

Blog Smith @BlogFuryFC

 

 

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Ottawa Fury FC Off-Season Moves

The Ottawa Fury FC will begin the NASL Fall Season looking to improve on a 6th place Spring Season that saw the team develop drastically under coach Marc Dos Santos’ leadership.  Dos Santos utilized many different combination of players and formations, sometimes out of necessity rather than tactical decision making, and the team is noticeably more improved than they were to start the season in April.  Now that the Fury are set to move into their new home TD Place at Lansdowne Park, there was little doubt that there would be a few moves over the off-season to strengthen and deepen the squad going into the 18-match Fall Season.

Defender Ryan Richter, 25, was finally officially loaned to the Fury from Toronto FC  after more than a month after the Sun’s Chris Hofley reported he was training with the club at Carelton U.  A much needed move to shore up the CB’s, as the team can now leave Drew Beckie at RB instead of moving him into the middle whenever Mason Trafford or Omar Jarun come out of the lineup. A loan for a 25 year-old player may suggest that his move could become permanent later on, as Richter isn’t exactly a developmental player looking for playing time.

Midfielder Zakaria Messoudi, 20, did not have his loan renewed past the Spring Season and was returned to the Montreal Impact.  Messoudi’s only appearance was as a late sub in the FC Edmonton V-Cup game here back in April.  Although he showed he has wonderful skill and technical ability, there was no reason to keep him here if he was not able to get of the field.

And then this…

The Ottawa Fury FC signed French keeper Romuald Peiser who will turn 35 in August and to make way, midfielder Hamza Elias, 21, was released.  Elias is now the Fury’s first non-loan signing no longer at the club.  Peiser was no doubt brought in to be the club’s #1 keeper for the long term future.  The Fury have even given Peiser the #1 shirt, generally reserved for THE keeper on a team.  It was no secret that Dos Santos was searching for an “experienced” keeper before training camp started in March.  It was reported that the Fury were about to sign current Vancouver Whitecaps FC Italian GK Paolo Tornaghi, back in February, before Tornaghi reportedly turned down the offer.  The result of the signing of Peiser means that Devala Gorrick, 27, who was arguably one of the Fury’s best players in the Spring, will be demoted into a backup role ahead of Marcel DeBellis, 23, and Chad Bush, 20, both of whom haven’t seen a minute of action so far in 2014.

Does this make the Ottawa Fury FC a better team?

Romauld Peiser is an upgrade over Devala Gorrick, no question, however Peiser’s addition meant the release of Elias. Is Peiser an upgrade over Gorrick plus the loss of Elias?  I don’t think it is.  Gorrick, while allowing many goals in the Spring  didn’t allow too many that he should have had.  While the team was gelling at the start, the defensive unit took a little more time to do so.  While the CB’s, Trafford, Jarun and Beckie played well throughout the Spring Season, the RB and LB position exposed the Fury keeper time-and-time again. When Beckie is not playing RB, Andres Fresenga and Phillipe Davies (who plays mid/forward, so it’s understandable) we’re defensive liabilities for the most part and Maykon at LB, is counted on to provide offence and is often caught up field.  Richie Ryan, playing a deep CDM position, was throughout the Spring Season caught out of position on numerous occasions which led to goals, the V-Cup match in Edmonton especially.  Even with these defensive issues, Gorrick had a remarkable season, saving the team on more than one occasion.   Elias didn’t play often and was prone to yellow cards (2 for diving, 1 for time wasting), but did provide versatility and an energy that the Fury midfield definitely lacks.  When he got the ball he would, for the most part, run straight toward the opponents net beating defenders and creating chances with his underrated passing ability.  He is a great change-of-pace player that was invaluable as a super sub late in games. The loss of Elias now creates a depth problem at midfield, with only 5 healthy players (Niki Patterson is still injured with that day-to-day injury he suffered in the opener) there isn’t much wiggle room if the team suffers injuries, a problem it has already faced earlier this year. Also, what does this move say to the rest of the squad?  If you are one of the better performing players on the team your position is not safe, and you can be replaced, at great cost, if we find someone (with a Portuguese connection) that can come in and take your job?  The goalkeeping has been slightly upgraded, but at the cost of downgrading the overall team, in my view.

Why not upgrade a position of need instead?

This move was shocking to most as goalkeeping (and maybe striker) was one of the spots on the Fury roster that didn’t need addressing.  As much as I like seeing Carl Haworth on the Fury and expect him to be a big contributor and star player in the future, he’s shouldn’t be the everyday starting RW on this team right now.  Surely Marc Dos Santos when seeing how many goals Gorrick had conceded, saw how few goals were scored or set up by the RW position.  Haworth isn’t a very accomplished crosser and his play in open space is suspect.  Opposing teams late in the season, most notably San Antonio, would flood the left side shutting Oliver down and allowing Haworth space and time, that he could not utilize effectively.  With Tommy Heinemann now fully fit, he’s going to need service into the box, and Haworth isn’t going to provide it to him with any regularity.  Certainly a move for a foreign natural RW, would have improved this team much more.  The addition of a RW, would have opened up Oliver much more as well as Ubiparipovic and Donatelli, who have been counted on to deliver most of the Fury’s offense.

Time will tell if this move was really worth the cost.  The Fury can also make more moves down the line as they have space on the squad still, but at the time of this writing no deals are in the works and no rumors are circling.

Blog Smith  @BlogFuryFC

 

 

 

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Ottawa’s Community Cup

By Jon Eden (@fussball_eh)

 

 

Each year a wonderful event takes place in our beautiful city called the Community Cup.

This recreational co-ed soccer tournament is a non-profit, multicultural initiative that integrates volunteerism and sport. Founded in 2005 and hosted by the Catholic Centre for Immigrants, this volunteer driven event is a fun and engaging way to help newcomers and non-newcomers connect in a barrier-free way that welcomes communities and celebrates diversity. The Community Cup, now an annual festival, features soccer, multicultural music and dance, international cuisine, a Canadian citizenship ceremony, children’s events, and much more.

 

Stony Monday Riot has decided to enter a team this year, not only to show off our incredible soccer skills, but also to join the celebrations of diversity and multiculturalism in our city. We strongly believe in the power of the beautiful game to bring people from all walks of life together. The Ottawa Fury FC will be there, but don’t worry, the players are not competing, however, they will host a Soccer Skills Challenge. There will also be an opportunity to meet and interact with the Fury players.

 

If you are interested in joining our team please email jontheiseden@gmail.com or get in touch with any other SMR member. Don’t worry about skill level, this is a just for fun, recreational tournament that is non-competitive in nature. All we require is that you show up on the date (on time) and that you are willing to have a good time and enjoy playing the game.

If you are interested in registering your own team, or you want to join an existing team, that’s cool too. You can do any of those things by visiting www.communitycup.ca. Details on rules and format for the soccer tournament can be found at http://www.communitycup.ca/rules/.
See you all on June 28, when we kick off the Canada Day weekend by doing what we love!

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