The NASL's Ottawa Fury FC made significant additions to the club today announcing the signings of forward Tom Heinemann and midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic, pending international transfer.
Heinemann joins Fury FC from the Vancouver Whitecaps, while Ubiparipovic comes to Ottawa from the neighboring Montreal Impact where he also garnered NASL experience while on loan at Minnesota United FC during the 2013 season. Collectively, the pair bring more than 125 games of MLS experience to the Nation's Capital ahead of the club's inaugural season.
"I would like to thank OSEG, Marc Dos Santos, and Martin Nash for the opportunity to join Ottawa Fury FC," said Heinemann. "This is a special time for the City of Ottawa and I am honoured to be part of this club, especially in its inaugural season. Marc is building a great team and I look forward to getting started."
Heinemann, 26, is a 6'4 forward who brings a wealth of North American soccer experience to Fury FC. The St. Louis, MI native featured in 14 games for the Whitecaps last season after beginning his MLS career in Columbus in 2011 playing two seasons and 31 games for the Crew. Some other highlights for Heinemann included helping the Charleston Battery to the USL-2 championship in 2010 and being a central piece in the Carolina RailHawks run to the final - also in 2010 - where he was named MVP of the championship game.
"Tom has scored with every team he's played for and at all levels in North America - PDL, NASL, MLS," said Fury FC Head Coach Marc Dos Santos. "He's only reaching his prime age now and we believe he will grow a lot in our environment. He's a very hard working forward, very honest in his game and definitely a team player. He will help this organization both on and off the field."
"Sinisa, our second signing, is a very technical and gifted player," said Dos Santos. "He will bring another dimension and different options to our midfield. He's a great character with a lot of MLS experience. The type of player that any NASL expansion team would need."
Ubiparipovic, 30, is a 5'9 midfielder who brings valuable experience to the club with over five seasons of MLS experience. His three seasons with the New York Red Bulls were highlighted by a trip to the 2008 MLS Cup Final. In 2011, with the Montreal Impact of the NASL, Ubiparipovic was recognized by his team as the newcomer of the year. The native of Zenica, Yugoslavia later re-signed with Montreal in 2012 for the team's first season in the MLS.
"I am very excited to be joining the Fury FC family for the upcoming season," said Ubiparipovic. "I look forward to contributing on and off the field - on the field I will give my best every game and off the field I will make sure I represent the club in the best possible way."
Both Heinemann and Ubiparipovic count as domestic players on the Fury FC roster that now includes the following players:
Goalkeeper: Marcel DeBellis
Defenders: Ramon Soria Alonso, Omar Jarun, Andrés Fresenga, Drew Beckie
Midfielders: Nicki Paterson, Richie Ryan, Mauro Eustaquio, Hamza Elias, Maykon, Sinisa Ubiparipovic
Forward: Oliver Minatel, Carl Haworth, Tom Heinemann
Fans will have the opportunity to meet the pair during the 1st intermission of Friday's Ottawa 67's game at Canadian Tire Centre when the 67's host the Sarnia Sting at 7:30pm.
Ottawa Fury FC open their inaugural season against the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on April 12 before hosting Minnesota United FC in their home opener on April 19. Fury FC season tickets can be purchased in person at the Stadium Preview Centre (Monday to Friday 9:00am - 6:00pm) located at 2016 Ogilvie Road, Unit 3 or by calling 613.232.6767. Tickets to the Amway Canadian Championship preliminary knock-out round featuring Ottawa Fury FC and FC Edmonton are included in all Fury FC season ticket packages. Single Game tickets will go on-sale March 1.