Ottawa Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos’ goal this year is to build on a positive core group of players. Fans waited with expectantly as the new signings were announced in January this year. The club acquired 7 new players; 3 defenders, 3 midfielders and a forward. Some names we had heard before, playing against the Strikers and Silverbacks, but some were totally new to us. From what we’ve heard, the new guys have been settling in with the team, practice schedules and the Ottawa cold…although we are supposed to see 2 degree weather this week…like, plus 2…above zero (it’s been a bit cold over here lately). So here’s a look at what we know about the new additions.
Colin Falvey- Colin is the second Irish player on the Fury and comes to us from India where he played on the Kerala Blasters in the ISL’s inaugural year. The Blasters had a successful year making it to the championship final and boasting an average attendance of 47,000! Previous to making the move to India, Falvey played alongside both Tommy Heinemann and Nicki Paterson on the Charleston Battery in the USL PRO. During his time with the Battery, the team won 2 championships and the defender earned the USL PRO’s Defender of the Year.
Rafael Alves- Last year was a year of firsts for the Ottawa Fury and Rafael Alves participated by netting the first goal against the club while playing for the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. So rather than have him score against the team, coach Marc Dos Santos opted to sign the Brazilian defender. Alves had a good year with the Strikers, helping them to the NASL Championship final, and he can bring excellent experience and insight to the back line.
Paulo Jr. – Another former Fort Lauderdale Striker, Paulo Junior grew up in Brazil. He started his North American career in Fort Lauderdale and tallied 11 goals in 38 appearances for the Strikers before being sent out on loan to Real Salt Lake in the MLS in 2010. He then signed with RSL an in 2012 made a notable contribution to the team’s CONCACAF Champion’s League run by scoring 2 goals against Mexican side, Cruz Azul. Last year Paulo Junior spent the season in Brazil with Nautico in Recife.
Patryk Misik – Midfielder Patryk Misik may be young at only 20 years old, but he’s already had some great experience playing abroad. The Canadian, who participated in a National Team U20 camp in 2012 with Fury teammate Maruo Eustaquio, played the last two years on Poland for WSK Slask Wroklaw on the reserve team. For those not well versed in Polish football (I had to look it up), Slask Wroklaw play in the Ekstraklasa, which is the premier league in the country.
Andrew Wiedeman – Andrew Wiedeman joins the club from Toronto FC where he played alongside Fury defender Ryan Richter. He started his professional career by being drafted 21st overall in the MLS Super Draft to FC Dallas in 2010. The American forward spent 3 years with the club before being traded to Toronto in 2012 for Canadian international Julian DeGuzman. He played 36 games with the club and scored 4 goals.
Mike Randolf – The American defender brings with him experience playing both in the MLS, with 3 seasons for the LA Galaxy, and in the NASL, with Fort Lauderdale and Atlanta. Randolf moved to the Fury from Atlanta where he played 3 seasons with the Silverbacks, contributing to their NASL Soccer Bowl appearance in 2013 and serving as captain last season. He had some injury troubles last year but worked hard to recover in the off-season.
Brandon Poltronieri – Midfielder Brandon Poltronieri has spent the bulk of his professional soccer career in Costa Rica where he was also a part of the U20 National Team. He had a short stint in Portugal when he went out on loan to Leixoes SC. Last season he was a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks playing as a defender. Poltronieri is a versatile player who can play as a left back or a winger and he is also…wait for it…left footed!
Fans and supporters cannot wait to see the new guys in action on the pitch this season. It’s been a long cold winter and spring can’t come soon enough!