Last weekend, the Ottawa Fury extended their lossless streak to 6 games against the Jacksonville Armada by a score of 2-0. Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser kept his shutout streak going and the Fury delighted over 6000 fans with 2 goals proving that they are making efforts to improve their attacking presence.
This weekend the club traveled to Blaine, Minnesota to take on Minnesota United in hopes of keeping their lossless streak alive against a team who has been struggling lately. United, who finished second in last year’s fall season had recorded just 3 wins in the 2015 Spring Season, and in their last meeting, the Fury came away with the win in Ottawa by a score of 1-0.
Besides Nicki Paterson who sustained a season ending ACL injury, the Fury were at full health and with everyone available besides Julian de Guzman, who is playing with Team Canada in the Gold Cup, Marc Dos Santos had a full roster from which to choose his starting eleven. Romuald Peiser started the match adding to his shutout streak behind the familiar defensive line up of Ryan Richter, Rafael Alves, Colin Falvey and Mason Trafford. Captain Richie Ryan would get the start in the midfield along with youngster Mauro Eustaquio and veteran Sinisa Ubiparipovic. After scoring in last week’s season opener, Tommy Heinemann would start as striker with Andrew Wiedeman and Paulo Jr supporting him on the wings. They were up against a Minnesota attack that relies heavily on Christian Ramirez, Kalif Alhassan and Ibson.
The match was intense from the start with both sides getting chances early on in the first half. Tommy Heinemann registered a shot on goal in the third minute and Minnesota answered soon after but their early goal was disallowed. It was Christian Ramirez who ended Peiser’s shutout streak at 648 minutes when he scored a beautiful volley from a pass from Kevin Venegas in the 32nd minute. The game was a physical one with 5 yellow cards being handed out and several painful moments for Fury players. Midfielder Ubiparipovic was subbed out early for Carl Haworth after taking a hit. Peiser’s hand was kicked during a play in the box, and while he was in visible pain, there has been no word on an injury. The worst injury of the evening came when forward Oliver entered the game for Andrew Wiedeman, his first appearance after recovering from a hamstring injury. Just minutes after being subbed on, the forward was going for a header in Minnesota’s box and received a high boot to the face and had to be subbed off. The foul resulted in a penalty and Tommy Heinemann made no mistake in beating keeper Sammy Ndjock to level the score at one apiece. Minnesota would make a final push for a win but the Fury’s solid defenders were enough to keep the score even to give the club a well-deserved point on the road.
Coach Marc Dos Santos was satisfied with the point saying, “We didn’t start the game well. It took us time to settle and Minnesota deserved to be up a goal. Our character and personality was tested and we gave a good answer in the second half. These guys just don’t give up!” And while Ottawa’s attacking game has improved, they are still looking for another addition. Speaking with the press this week, Dos Santos mentioned his plans for the transfer window, which opened last Wednesday “It’s from the 8th (of July) until the end of the month. We’re doing something, we’re trying to make a move.”
The Fury’s season opening win and this weekend’s draw put them in second place in the Fall Season table. Mind you with only two games played, anything can happen and if the Fury wish to stay in contention for the post season, the club must continue to gain points and goals every game. Their next match is at home against Indy Eleven on Sunday July 19 at 3:00pm.