There’s some teams I’d like to name check. And one of them is the Ottawa Fury. They are incredible. And this is no opinion. This is a fact that is supported by the following evidence:
- In their last 24 games, they have lost only once.
- They are currently unbeaten in their last eleven games. In this streak they have outscored their opponents 20-6.
- This is the second time in the 2015 NASL season that they have accomplished an eleven game unbeaten streak.
- Keeper Romuald Peiser leads the league in shutouts with a total of 14
- They have the lowest goals against in the league with 22. Their closest competitor has 30.
- Their goal differential is the highest in the league at 19.
- They are in their second year of existence
Now you would think that with all of this, the team would be acclaimed across the country. But they still seem to have the reputation of “that little expansion team from Canada” in the NASL. They are covered relatively well by the local media but major media outlets have failed to pick up on their success; I’m looking at you CBC, Sportsnet, TSN. But slowly, people are starting to take notice and perhaps a Soccer Bowl victory will capture the masses’ attention. But I’m getting ahead of myself.
Their definitive 3-1 win over the Jacksonville Armada last Wednesday, secured them the title of NASL Fall Season Champions. it’s hard to say anything that hasn’t already been said. The back line of Ryan Richter, Rafael Alves, Colin Falvey, and Mason Trafford was solid in front of Romuald Peiser who was a brick wall. However the Armada happened to find the back of the net first and the Fury were not able to equalize until the second half. It was defender Rafael Ales who found the equalizing goal in the 58th minute. Midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic had all the right moves and scored the game-winning goal in the 62nd minute while Andrew Weideman added an insurance goal in extra time. With his performance of late, keeper Romuald Peiser is a shoe in for the league’s Golden Glove Award. But he’s no saint and with 3 yellow cards coach Marc Dos Santos has elected to rest the keeper and start backup keeper Marcel DeBellis for the Fury’s final game this coming Saturday instead. As part of the team from the beginning, DeBellis is finally being rewarded for his hard work on and off the pitch with this start in the side’s final regular season game. Dos Santos has said that it would take every member of the team to gain success in the season and he’s proving it. The chemistry between the players on the pitch is undeniable with everyone willing to do what it takes to secure the NASL Combined Standings.
But still, the Fury need three points to get that done. And they’re marching through Georgia this weekend. A win or a tie in Atlanta this Saturday October 31 will give them the points they need to stay at the top of the Combined standings. At the moment they sit first just two points ahead of the New York Cosmos, a classic team with a long history. New York play their final regular season game the same night as they host the Tampa Bay Rowdies. It will not be an easy game for either team, as Tampa Bay fight for the final post-season berth. It’s down to the wire as the Rowdies and Strikers jostle for that final post-season spot. At the moment Tampa Bay sits just above Fort Lauderdale in fourth with 39 points, just one ahead of their fellow Floridians. The Rowdies need to pull off a win to secure their spot. Anything less, added to a Fort Lauderdale win on Sunday November 1, would see them out of the post season. The Strikers are in a do or die situation where anything less than a win against the Jacksonville Armada, plus any points to the Rowdies would eliminate them from the post season. Fort Lauderdale will be praying for a Cosmos win on Saturday. Leave it to the NASL to make the post season as complicated as possible.
One thing is certain; the Ottawa Fury will host a semi final game at TD Place on Sunday November 8.
And there stands the Ottawa Fury.