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Ottawa Fury Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Ottawa, Ontario. The club competes in the United Soccer League and plays its home games at TD Place Stadium.

Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury.svg
Full name Ottawa Fury Football Club
Founded June 20, 2011; 7 years ago (2011-06-20)
Stadium TD Place Stadium
Capacity 24,000
Owner Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group
President John Pugh
Coach Nikola Popovic
League USL Championship
2018 10th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
Current season

Contents

HistoryEdit

Formative yearsEdit

On June 20, 2011, the North American Soccer League announced that Ottawa had been awarded an expansion franchise. The team would join the league in 2014 once developments at Lansdowne Park were completed.[1] In February 2013, the club ran a campaign to select a name and received over 4,000 submissions. Club president John Pugh announced that Ottawa Fury FC was chosen as the name.[2]

On May 23, 2013, the club named Marc Dos Santos as the first head coach.[3] Two days later, the official crest was revealed at an event open to season ticket holders and supporters groups.[4] In the final months leading up to the 2014 season, the club also named Martin Nash as assistant coach, David Bellemare as goalkeeping coach and Philip Dos Santos as technical director.[5][6][7]

North American Soccer League (2014–2016)Edit

With Lansdowne Park not ready for the 2014 spring season, the club agreed a short term deal to play at Keith Harris Stadium.[8] After going unbeaten in five pre-season friendlies, Ottawa Fury lost 2–0 at the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in their first competitive match on April 12, 2014.[9] The club finished the spring season in sixth with three wins from nine games.[10] Ottawa Fury moved into Lansdowne Park ahead of the fall season, and lost 1–0 to the New York Cosmos in their first match at the new stadium on July 20.[11] After failing to record a win in their first six matches of the 2014 fall season, the club finished in eighth place.[10]

Ottawa Fury added Chelsea academy coach Darko Buser to the club's management team for the 2015 season, and after another unbeaten pre-season in 2015, ended the 2015 spring season in ninth place.[12][13] The club saw great improvement for the 2015 fall season, and were crowned champions with 45 points from 20 games and sitting six points clear of Minnesota United.[13] Ottawa Fury beat Minnesota United in extra time with a 2–1 victory in the Soccer Bowl semi-final, but lost 3–2 to the New York Cosmos in the final a week later.[14][15]

In November 2015, Marc Dos Santos stepped down as head coach to join Sporting Kansas City as assistant coach having announced his intentions to the club two months earlier.[16] On November 20, the club named Paul Dalglish as his replacement.[17] The following month, Philip Dos Santos left his position as technical director and was replaced by Buser.[18] A third consecutive unbeaten pre-season campaign followed, but the club could only manage a ninth place finish in the 2016 spring season with nine points from a possible 30.[19] Ottawa Fury finished the 2016 fall season bottom of the table amidst rumours the club would leave the North American Soccer League.[19][20]

United Soccer League (2017–present)Edit

On October 25, 2016, the club announced that they would join the United Soccer League for the 2017 season.[21] At the time of the announcement, it had been reported that the Fury were losing up to $2 million per year while operating in the North American Soccer League.[22]

In December 2016, the Montreal Impact announced an affiliation agreement with Ottawa Fury after disbanding their reserve side FC Montreal.[23] The club remained eligible for the Canadian Championship.[24]

On August 14, 2017, Dalglish left his role at Ottawa Fury.[25] Club president John Pugh announced that Dalglish had informed him of his intention to leave the club for personal reasons, and two days later the club and Dalglish decided to mutually part ways.[26] Former player and current assistant coach Julian de Guzman took over as interim head coach for the remainder of the season.[27] The Fury ended their first United Soccer League campaign in 10th place, missing out on the Conference Playoffs by six points.[28]

On December 21, 2017, the club announced that Nikola Popovic would take over as their new head coach.[29] De Guzman remained with the club as general manager.[30]

On September 5, 2018, Mark Goudie, president and CEO of Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group, officially dispelled rumours about the club joining the Canadian Premier League (CPL) for their charter season in 2019, citing the stability of the USL as their reason. Goudie, however, stated that the club does support the upstart league's mission in expanding Canadian soccer, and did not rule out the Fury joining the CPL in the future.[31]

StadiumEdit

 
TD Place Stadium in 2014

In order to join the North American Soccer League, Ottawa Fury planned to compete at Lansdowne Park for the 2014 season.[1] After delays in the stadium developments, the club reached an agreement with Carleton University to play five games at Keith Harris Stadium on the university campus until construction was completed.[8] In July 2014, the Fury moved into their new stadium in time for the 2014 fall season.[11] The stadium is also known as TD Place Stadium due to sponsorship reasons.[32] The club share the stadium with the Ottawa Redblacks, a Canadian Football League team, and the two teams played their opening games on the same weekend.[33]

The stadium was one of six chosen to host matches for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup, and hosted a total of nine matches from the group stages to the quarter finals.[34]

Crest and coloursEdit

 
Jonathan Barden in Ottawa Fury colours in 2017

On May 25, 2013, the club's official crest was revealed at an event open to season ticket holders and supporters groups.[4] The crest was a traditional soccer shield design that included the club's name and a flame used as a symbol of the club. The official club colours are red, black and white.[35]

In late 2013, over 1,500 supporters took part in a campaign to help pick one of three designs to become the club's first kits.[36] They were unveiled ahead of the inaugural North American Soccer League season in March 2014.[37] Both the primary and secondary kit featured the traditional colours of Ottawa sport.[38]

Club cultureEdit

SupportersEdit

The Bytown Boys Supporters Club was formed in April 2011 in response to news of an expansion Canadian Soccer League franchise being awarded to Ottawa.[39] Originally known as the Capital City Supporters Group, the club showed support for Capital City until they announced they would no longer compete in the league in March 2012.[39] The following month, it was announced that the group had reached an agreement with the Ottawa Fury, a Premier Development League club who would become a North American Soccer League expansion team in the near future. In 2013, the Bytown Boys also showed support for the Ottawa Fury Women in the USL W-League.[40] The group continued to support Ottawa Fury as they joined the North American Soccer League in 2014, and the United Soccer League three years later.[41]

In August 2013, the Stony Monday Riot was formed in preparation for the club's inaugural season in the North American Soccer League.[42] The group try to bring together supporters of all backgrounds to experience full participation in every match.[43] As well as Ottawa Fury, the Stony Monday Riot show support for soccer at all levels in the National Capital Region.[43]

MascotEdit

Sparky, Ottawa Fury's mascot, is based on the flame symbol introduced in the club's original crest design.[37] Big Joe, the mascot of the Ottawa Redblacks, and Riley, the mascot of the Ottawa 67's, have also made appearances at the club with all three teams part of the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group.[44]

RivalriesEdit

During their time in the North American Soccer League, Ottawa Fury's main rivalry was with FC Edmonton, the only other Canadian team competing in the league when they joined in 2014. The meetings between the two sides were named "The Battle of Canada" and occurred in both the league and the Canadian Championship.[45] The two teams met every year in the preliminary round over two legs, with the first ever meeting ending in a goalless draw on April 23, 2014.[46] A week later, the Fury suffered a 3–1 defeat to FC Edmonton with Vini Dantas scoring Ottawa's only goal.[47] On May 31, Ottawa Fury beat FC Edmonton 1–0 in the first league meeting between the two sides with Tom Heinemann scoring a last minute goal.[48]

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of August 31, 2018[49]

Where a player has not declared an international allegiance, nation is determined by place of birth.

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Callum Irving   Canada
2 Midfielder Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé   Canada
3 Defender Eddie Edward   Canada
4 Defender Nana Attakora   Canada
5 Midfielder Chris Mannella   Canada
6 Midfielder Sergio Manesio   Angola
7 Defender Onua Obasi   England
8 Forward Steevan Dos Santos   Cape Verde
9 Forward Carl Haworth (captain)   Canada
11 Forward Daniel Haber   Canada
12 Goalkeeper David Monsalve   Canada
14 Forward Gabriel Wiethaeuper-Balbinotti   Canada
15 Midfielder Maxim Tissot   Canada
16 Goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau (on loan from Montreal Impact)   Canada
17 Forward Azake Luboyera   Uganda
20 Defender David Edgar   Canada
22 Midfielder Jamar Dixon (vice-captain)   Canada
23 Defender Daniel Kinumbe   Canada
24 Forward Jimmy-Shammar Sanon   Haiti
26 Defender Thomas Meilleur-Giguère (on loan from Montreal Impact)   Canada
30 Forward Adonijah Reid (on loan from FC Dallas)   Canada
31 Defender Clément Bayiha   Canada
80 Midfielder Cristian Portilla   Spain
88 Midfielder Kévin Oliveira   Cape Verde
99 Forward Tony Taylor   Panama

Current staffEdit

As of January 23, 2018[50]
Executive staff
President John Pugh
General manager Julian de Guzman
Assistant general manager Carrie McKay
Coaching staff
Head coach Nikola Popovic
Assistant coach Victor Oppong
Goalkeeping coach Youssef Dahha
Head physician Lindsay Bradley
Head athletic therapist Francois Martel
Equipment manager Cortlin Tonn

Head coachesEdit

As of September 30, 2018
Coach From To Record1
G W D L Win %
  Marc Dos Santos May 23, 2013 November 20, 2015 63 23 18 22 036.51
  Paul Dalglish November 20, 2015 August 15, 2017 60 19 16 25 031.67
  Julian de Guzman (interim) August 15, 2017 December 21, 2017 12 1 8 3 008.33
  Nikola Popovic December 21, 2017 present 37 15 6 16 040.54

BroadcastingEdit

During the club's inaugural season in the North American Soccer League, all home matches were televised on Rogers TV Ottawa. Home and away matches are broadcast on the radio in English on TSN 1200, and select home matches are broadcast in French on 94,5 Unique FM.[51]

All matches were broadcast on Rogers TV for the 2017 season, and the USL Match Centre provided coverage for all league matches. Radio broadcasts included every game in English, and all home games in French.[52] The following season, it was announced that every home game would be streamed online on Fury TV and all league matches would remain available on the USL Match Centre. All home matches were broadcast on radio in both English and French.[53]

HonoursEdit

North American Soccer LeagueEdit

  • Fair Play Award

RecordEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

As of October 14, 2018
Year League GP W D L GF GA Pts Pos Playoffs Canadian Championship League
Attendance
Top Scorer Ref
Name Gls
2014 NASL 27 7 6 14 34 38 27 8th Did not qualify Preliminary Round 4,492   Oliver 7 [54][55]
2015 30 15 11 4 42 23 56 2nd Runners-up Preliminary Round 5,164   Tom Heinemann 8 [56][57]
2016 32 7 10 15 32 40 31 10th Did not qualify Semi-finals 5,482   Carl Haworth 7 [58][59]
2017 USL 32 8 14 10 42 41 38 10th Semi-finals 5,365   Steevan Dos Santos 10 [60]
2018 34 13 6 15 31 43 45 10th Semi-finals 4,752   Steevan Dos Santos
  Tony Taylor
5 [61]

Note: Only league goals counted for top scorer

Top goalscorersEdit

As of September 30, 2018[62]
# Pos. Name Nation Career League PO CC Total
1 Forward Tom Heinemann   United States 2014–15 14 4 0 18
Forward Carl Haworth   Canada 2014– 16 0 2 18
3 Forward Steevan Dos Santos   Cape Verde 2017– 15 2 17
4 Forward Oliver   Brazil 2014–15 9 0 1 10
5 Midfielder Siniša Ubiparipović   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014–15 9 0 0 9
Midfielder Ryan Williams   England 2016–17 7 2 9
7 Forward Sito Seoane   United States 2017–18 6 2 8
8 Forward Paulo Jr.   Brazil 2015–16 5 0 1 6
Forward Tony Taylor   Panama 2018– 5 1 6
10 Forward Andrew Wiedeman   United States 2015 4 0 1 5

Bolded players are currently on the Ottawa Fury FC roster.

Most appearancesEdit

As of September 30, 2018[63]
# Pos. Name Nation Career League PO CC Total
1 Forward Carl Haworth   Canada 2014– 126 1 10 137
2 Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser   France 2014–16 73 2 4 79
3 Defender Eddie Edward   Canada 2016– 70 8 78
4 Midfielder Jamar Dixon   Canada 2016– 69 8 77
5 Defender Onua Obasi   England 2016– 58 11 69
6 Defender Rafael Alves   Brazil 2015–16 61 2 5 68
7 Midfielder Lance Rozeboom   United States 2016–17 52 8 60
8 Forward Steevan Dos Santos   Cape Verde 2017– 55 4 59
9 Defender Mason Trafford   Canada 2014–15 52 2 3 57
10 Midfielder Siniša Ubiparipović   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014–15 48 2 3 53

Bolded players are currently on the Ottawa Fury FC roster.

Individual awardsEdit

NASL Best XIEdit

Season Player Position
2015   Romuald Peiser Goalkeeper
  Rafael Alves Defender
  Richie Ryan Midfielder

NASL Player of the MonthEdit

Season Month Player Position
2015 June   Romuald Peiser Goalkeeper
September   Romuald Peiser Goalkeeper

NASL Golden GloveEdit

Season Player
2015   Romuald Peiser

NASL Humanitarian of the YearEdit

Season Player Position
2015   Drew Beckie Defender

NASL Coach of the YearEdit

Season Coach
2015   Marc Dos Santos

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