Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3609
  • Date13 Jul 14
  • VenueCommonwealth Stadium
FC Edmonton
FC Edmonton 0
Ottawa Fury FC 0
Ottawa Fury FC

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Ottawa Fury FC

Match Preview: FC Edmonton vs Ottawa Fury FC



TV: FCE – City TV                       Radio: OTT – TSN 1200


FC Edmonton will host Ottawa Fury FC at Commonwealth Stadium, while Clarke Stadium finishes its new field turf installation. The This will be the first NASL match at Commonwealth Stadium since 1981, this and will also be second-ever meeting in league play between Edmonton-Ottawa.  The two sides, however already have history together after competing at the Amway Canadian Championship. The previous league encounter took place this past Spring (May 31) with the Fury topping the visiting Eddies 1-0 at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium, thanks to a late game-winner from forward Tom Heinemann.  The last time these two clubs faced off in Edmonton the host eliminated Ottawa by a score of 3-1 in the opening round of the 2014 Canadian Championship on April 30.


Last Five Games:  FCE-W T L L W                                 OTT-T W L W L



FCE-Daryl Fordyce (Spring, Player of the Week-9); Daryl Fordyce, Lance Laing (Spring, Team of the Week-9)



Stats leaders:

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce (5); Assist – Neil Hlavaty, Ritchie Jones, Lance Laing (2)

OTT-Goals – Tony Donatelli (4); Assists – Tony Donatelli, Richie Ryan (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Fury 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

At Edmonton: First Meeting

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Fury 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses — 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: May 31, 2014 at Keith Harris Stadium — Fury 1-0 Eddies


Coaches quotes:

“It will be a difficult game for us to start off the Fall Season with, but at least we will be at home. I think that if we continue along the lines of how we played against Carolina at the end of last season then we’ll be in a good place.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

“We’re excited to get back to playing. What better way to start the Fall Season than against a club that we’ve built a strong rivalry with in the Spring Season. This game has a lot of meaning for both teams as we both look to have a good start to the Fall Season” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos


Referee: Yusri Rudolf

Asst 1: Dereck Illingworth / Asst 2: Peter Manastyrsky

4th: David Gantar


FC Edmonton 0 Ottawa Fury FC 0

FC Edmonton 0 Ottawa Fury FC 0


In the first NASL game at Commonwealth Stadium since 1981,  FC Edmonton and visiting Ottawa Fury FC played to a scoreless draw in their 2014 Fall Season encounter at Commonwealth Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Hot temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius at pitch level created tough conditions for players on both sides of the pitch as they struggled to get a step ahead of one another, resulting in a foul and caution-filled match.

“It’s humid and very warm, and then you’re down a man away from home against a very good team,” said Ottawa Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos. “It was a factor for teams that like to play intense, like both teams here. It definitely took away from our game.”

The match was moved next door to Commonwealth after a delay in the installation of Clarke Stadium’s new turf. A faithful 3,609 fans braved the heat to watch the Eddies and Fury kickoff Sunday afternoon.

Eddies’ defender Alberto Navarro and midfielder Cristian Raudales started for the first time in the blue and white for FC Edmonton after signing recently for the club. Raudales was signed after completing a trial this preseason out west with FC Edmonton while Navarro made his move to Edmonton from Atlanta via transfer on July 12th.

The Fury earned the best chance of the first half after a free kick caused a miscommunication between Navarro and Eddies’ goalkeeper John Smits that resulted in the ball redirecting dangerously off the post in the 26th minute before a last effort clearance by Navarro.

Ottawa saw yellow twice in the first half after defender Ryan Richter took down an escaping Eddies’ striker Frank Jonke outside the Ottawa 18-yard-box inside the first ten minutes while midfielder Ritchie Ryan collided with Raudales in the 13th minute. Raudales was first into the referee’s handbook for the Eddies for a kick on Fury striker Tom Heinemann after being previously warned.

The Eddies and Fury were scoreless after the first half at Commonwealth Stadium.

Tension rose for the Fury in the 56th minute when Richter was sent off for a second yellow card after interfering with and bringing down Jonke. Ottawa would have to play with ten men for the final 40 minutes in increasingly difficult conditions.

Fury defender Omar Jarun earned Ottawa its third yellow of the match after wrapping up Eddies’ midfielder Hanson Boakai in the 81st minute.

The Eddies looked to have taken all three points late when Boakai curled an outside-foot shot in the 87th minute over Fury goalkeeper Devala Gorrick, but not past the post as it bounced back into the area for a final clearance. 

A last-ditch effort from FC Edmonton off a 90th minute corner was denied once again by the woodwork when a downward header from James couldn’t beat the post to steal a late victory for the Eddies.

The Eddies struggle to generate any offence disappointed FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller.

“We got into some great areas, but we were poor in our attacking tier,” said Miller. “I’ve played myself in heat, and you’ve got to be stronger-willed and more aggressive. This is definitely two points dropped.”