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Ottawa Fury Football Club is a Canadian professional soccer club based in Ottawa, Ontario. Founded in 2011, and named on February 26, 2013,[1] the team made its debut in the North American Soccer League in 2014.[2] It moved to the United Soccer League in 2017 as the affiliate of the Major League Soccer club Montreal Impact. The team also competes for the Canadian Championship.

Ottawa Fury
Ottawa Fury.svg
Full name Ottawa Fury Football Club
Founded June 20, 2011; 6 years ago (2011-06-20)
Stadium TD Place Stadium
Ottawa, Ontario
Stadium
capacity
24,000
Owner Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG)
President John Pugh
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
League United Soccer League
2017 10th, Eastern Conference
Playoffs: DNQ
Website Club website
Current season

During the spring of its first season, the franchise played at Keith Harris Stadium at Carleton University, before moving to TD Place Stadium in Lansdowne Park.[3] Their first game there was on July 20, 2014, against the New York Cosmos.[4]

Contents

HistoryEdit

North American Soccer League (2011–16)Edit

On June 20, 2011 NASL announced that an Ottawa expansion team would join the league once the stadium was ready in 2014.[5] The Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) was named as the ownership group of the club.[6] The team replaced Ottawa Fury SC, of the USL PDL, in 2014. The women's W League team folded after the 2014 season but the other level programs continue. On December 15, 2014, Ottawa announced that they would be adding their academy teams to the third-tier Première Ligue de soccer du Québec for the upcoming season.[7]

In the 2015 season, the team won the Fall championship, and reached the Soccer Bowl, where they lost to the New York Cosmos.

United Soccer League (2016–present)Edit

In late 2016, rumours persisted that the club would leave the NASL for the United Soccer League.[8] On October 25, 2016, the Fury announced that they would be joining the USL for the 2017 season.[9][10] At the time of their announcement, it had been reported that the Fury were losing approximately $2 million per year during their time in the NASL.[11]

On December 9, 2016, the Montreal Impact announced that it would enter an affiliation agreement with Ottawa Fury FC after disbanding their reserve side FC Montreal.[12] Although an affiliated club, Ottawa Fury FC will remain eligible for the Canadian Championship.[13]

ColoursEdit

In the late 2013, over 1,500 fans took part in a campaign to help pick the designs for the kits. Working closely with the kit manufacturer, the Club presented fans with three kit design options to vote on and submit their feedback, and the final kit designs reflect the preferences expressed by the Fury FC fan base. On March 29, 2014 the Ottawa Fury FC unveiled their home and away game kits that the club was to wear during its inaugural North American Soccer League (NASL) season. The primary and secondary kits both feature the traditional colours of Ottawa sport: red and black. The home kit is predominantly black and the away kit is predominantly white.[14]

In February 2016, the club announced a multi-year kit sponsorship deal with Adidas.[15]

SponsorsEdit

Period Kit sponsor Shirt sponsor
2014–2015 Admiral The Heart & Crown Irish Pubs
2016–present Adidas Chartwells

StadiumEdit

The club play their home games at TD Place Stadium in Lansdowne Park. Due to the then on-going construction at TD Place, the club reached an agreement with Carleton University to stage its 2014 North American Soccer League (NASL) spring season games at Keith Harris Stadium on the Carleton University campus until the construction finished. The agreement with Carleton University allowed the Fury to play all five home games of the ten-game 2014 NASL spring season at Carleton.[16]

Home stadiumEdit

Other stadiumsEdit

BroadcastingEdit

For the inaugural season Ottawa Fury FC home matches are televised on Rogers TV Ottawa. Dan Mooney and Gordon Smith provide commentary.

All home and away matches are broadcast on the radio in English on TSN 1200.[17] Play-by-play is done by AJ Jakubec, with colour commentary by Richard Starnes for home matches, and Graeme Ivory for away matches.

Select home matches are broadcast on the radio in French on 94,5 Unique FM.[18] Sinisa Sindik and Guy Girard provide commentary.

As with all teams in the NASL, Ottawa Fury FC webcasts all of their home games. They are available to view on NASL Live, a subscription service that broadcast every NASL game.[19]

Players and staffEdit

Current rosterEdit

As of February 13, 2018 [20]

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

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Irving, CallumCallum Irving   Canada
3 Defender Edward, EddieEddie Edward   Canada
4 Defender Attakora, NanaNana Attakora   Canada
8 Forward Dos Santos, SteevanSteevan Dos Santos   Cape Verde
9 Forward Haworth, CarlCarl Haworth   Canada
10 Midfielder Bruna, GerardoGerardo Bruna   Argentina
11 Forward Seoane, SitoSito Seoane   United States
12 Goalkeeper Monsalve, DavidDavid Monsalve   Canada
14 Defender Obasi, OnuaOnua Obasi   England
15 Midfielder Tissot, MaximMaxim Tissot   Canada
16 Goalkeeper Crépeau, MaximeMaxime Crépeau (on loan from Montreal Impact)   Canada
17 Forward Luboyera, AzakeAzake Luboyera   Uganda
22 Midfielder Dixon, JamarJamar Dixon   Canada
24 Midfielder Sanon, Jimmy-ShammarJimmy-Shammar Sanon   Haiti
28 Midfielder Manesio, SergioSergio Manesio   England
32 Defender Falvey, ColinColin Falvey   Ireland
80 Midfielder Portilla, CristianCristian Portilla   Spain
88 Midfielder Oliveira, KévinKévin Oliveira   Cape Verde
90 Defender Porter, KyleKyle Porter   Canada

StaffEdit

As of January 23, 2018 [21][22]
Position Staff
General manager Julian de Guzman
Head coach Nikola Popvic
Assistant coach Victor Oppong
Goalkeeper coach Youssef Dahha
Manager, soccer operations Carrie McKay
Head physician Dr. Lindsay Bradley
Head athletic therapist Seadon Pereira
Equipment manager Cortlin Tonn

Head coaching history and recordsEdit

As of December 21, 2017
Coach Nation From To Record1
G W D L Win %
Marc Dos Santos   Canada May 23, 2013[23] November 20, 2015 63 23 18 22 036.51
Paul Dalglish   Scotland November 20, 2015[24] August 15, 2017 60 19 16 25 031.67
Julian de Guzman (interim)   Canada August 15, 2017[25] December 21, 2017 12 1 8 3 008.33
Nikola Popovic   Serbia December 21, 2017[26] present 0 0 0 0 !

Supporters' groupsEdit

Ottawa Fury FC has two supporters' groups: the Bytown Boys Supporters Club, and Stony Monday Riot.[27]

RivalriesEdit

The Ottawa Fury's main rivalry was with FC Edmonton, the North American Soccer League's other Canadian club. Named the "All-Canadian derby" or the "Battle of Canada", the derby was played several times each year in the NASL and in the Canadian Championship.[28]

The following table shows all competitive meetings between the Ottawa Fury and Edmonton, updated to the most recent derby of May 10, 2017 (Ottawa – Edmonton 3–2).

Matches Ottawa wins Draws Edmonton wins Ottawa goals Edmonton goals
NASL (2014–2016) 9 3 3 3 6 7
Canadian Championship (2014–2017) 8 3 1 4 10 13
Total 17 6 4 7 16 20

RecordEdit

Year-by-yearEdit

As of October 15, 2017 [citation needed]
Year League Div GP W D L GF GA Pts Pos Playoffs Canadian Championship Champions League League
Attendance
Top Scorer
Name Gls
2014 NASL 2 27 7 6 14 34 38 27 8th Did not qualify Preliminary Round Did not qualify 4,492   Oliver 7
2015 30 15 11 4 42 23 56 2nd Runners-up Preliminary Round 5,164   Tom Heinemann 8
2016 32 7 10 15 32 40 31 10th Did not qualify Semi-finals 5,482   Carl Haworth 7
2017 USL 32 8 14 10 42 41 38 10th, East Semi-finals 5,427   Steevan Dos Santos 10

Note: Only league goals counted for top scorer

Top goalscorersEdit

As of October 14, 2017 [citation needed]
# Pos. Name Nation Career League PO CC CCL Total
1 Forward Heinemann, TomTom Heinemann   United States 2014–15 14 4 18
2 Forward Haworth, CarlCarl Haworth   Canada 2014– 13 1 14
3 Forward Dos Santos, SteevanSteevan Dos Santos   Cape Verde 2017– 10 2 12
4 Forward , OliverOliver   Brazil 2014–15 9 1 10
5 Midfielder Ubiparipović, SinišaSiniša Ubiparipović   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014–15 9 9
Midfielder Williams, RyanRyan Williams   England 2016–17 7 2 9
7 Forward Seoane, SitoSito Seoane   United States 2017– 5 2 7
8 Forward Jr., PauloPaulo Jr.   Brazil 2015–16 5 1 6
9 Forward Wiedeman, AndrewAndrew Wiedeman   United States 2015 4 1 5
10 Defender Alves, RafaelRafael Alves   Brazil 2015–16 4 4
Midfielder Donatelli, TonyTony Donatelli   United States 2014 4 4
Forward Gentile, GiuseppeGiuseppe Gentile   United States 2016 4 4
Midfielder Paterson, NickiNicki Paterson   Scotland 2014–15 4 4
Midfielder Ryan, RichieRichie Ryan   Ireland 2014–15 4 4

Bolded players are currently on the Ottawa Fury FC roster.

Most appearancesEdit

As of October 14, 2017 [citation needed]
# Pos. Name Nation Career League PO CC CCL Total
1 Forward Haworth, CarlCarl Haworth   Canada 2014– 97 1 8 106
2 Goalkeeper Peiser, RomualdRomuald Peiser   France 2014–16 73 2 4 79
3 Defender Alves, RafaelRafael Alves   Brazil 2015–16 61 2 5 68
4 Midfielder Rozeboom, LanceLance Rozeboom   United States 2016–17 52 8 60
5 Defender Trafford, MasonMason Trafford   Canada 2014–15 52 2 3 57
6 Midfielder Ubiparipović, SinišaSiniša Ubiparipović   Bosnia and Herzegovina 2014–15 48 2 3 53
7 Midfielder Eustáquio, MauroMauro Eustáquio   Canada 2014–16 45 2 2 49
Forward Heinemann, TomTom Heinemann   United States 2014–15 45 2 2 49
Defender Richter, RyanRyan Richter   United States 2014–15 45 2 2 49
Forward , OliverOliver   Brazil 2014–15 44 2 3 49

Bolded players are currently on the Ottawa Fury FC roster.

Club captainsEdit

Dates Name Nation
2014–15 Richie Ryan   Ireland
2016 Julian de Guzman   Canada
2017 Lance Rozeboom   United States

International resultsEdit

Year Competition Club Nation Result
2014 Friendly Rangers   Scotland L 0–1

HonoursEdit

LeagueEdit

ReferencesEdit

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  21. ^ "Coaching Staff". Retrieved January 9, 2018. 
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