While most of Ottawa were at Landsdowne Stadium to take in the Women’s World Cup games on Sunday, the Ottawa Fury FC snuck down to Jacksonville, Florida to take on the Armada in their second last game of the NASL Spring Season. The teams were held in a stalemate finishing the game in a 0-0 draw. The defensive line is continues to be the focal point of the team as the Fury haven’t allowed a goal in 436 minutes. Defenders Rafael Alves and Colin Falvey are forming a rock solid central defense that opposing teams are having quite a bit of trouble breaking down. Head coach Marc Dos Santos was happy with the effort overall. “I have to highlight the discipline and the mental toughness of our team. We stayed in the game plan and knew we would be dangerous in counter attacks. The only disappointment was not scoring in the many opportunities we had. I am proud of the guys effort!”
It seems to be shaky end of the NASL Spring season for the Ottawa Fury. The team is still having difficulty scoring and their usual training schedule has been disrupted due to the Women’s World Cup games being played in Ottawa. Add to this flight delays and an extra day in transit back from Florida causing them to miss a training session. The squad will have to push this all from their minds as they focus on their final test before the NASL break when they face the San Antonio Scorpions on Saturday, June 13 in Texas.
Sitting at 6 in the table with 11 points, 2 spots up from the Fury’s 8th place, San Antonio have posted 3 wins, 2 draws and 4 loses on the season. Compare this to the Fury’s 2 wins, 4 draws and 3 loses, and the teams are fairly even. The Fury defenders will have to be on the lookout for San Antonio forwards Omar Cummings and Billy Forbes who lead their team in goals and assists. And if the Fury are hoping to score, the will have to get past Scorpions keeper Daryl Sattler who also posted a clean sheet in last week’s game against the Atlanta Silverbacks. But Fury forwards Paulo Jr, Andrew Wiedeman, and Carl Haworth are hungry to score and will likely put Sattler to the test. I expect the teams to be evenly matched and the game to have a lot of end-to-end action as both teams look to end their Spring Season on a high note.
The Ottawa Fury FC will likely be without midfielder Julian de Guzman as he has been called up to the Canadian National Team for preliminary World Cup qualifying matches against Dominica on Thursday and again on June 16. Likewise, the Scorpions will be missing Nana Attakora on defense as he joins de Guzman in Dominica.
Photo courtesy of Ottawa Fury.