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  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4277
  • Date17 Aug 14
  • VenueTD Place
  • Kick Off02:00 PM EDT
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Ottawa Fury FC
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San Antonio Scorpions 1
San Antonio Scorpions

T. Heinemann89'

76'T. Caesar

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. San Antonio Scorpions

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. San Antonio Scorpions

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Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: OTT – Rogers TV                         

Radio: OTT – TSN 1200

 

Ottawa Fury FC will look to end its four-game losing streak when it greets the 2014 Fall League-Leaders San Antonio Scorpions at TD Place.  Scorpions, who are just a point from the top spot in the NASL Combined Table, are coming off a 2-0 win over visiting Indy Eleven last week, while Fury, who are winless in their last six games, dropped a 2-1 decision at home to Fort Lauderdale Strikers. This is the second-ever meeting between the two clubs in Canada as the last encounter took place this past spring when goals from forwards Eric Hassli, Tomasz Zahorski and defender Greg Janicki gave San Antonio a 3-2 win over the host at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium on May 24.  Midfielders Tony Donatelli and Sinisa Ubiparipovic had the only tallies for Ottawa in the loss.

 

Last Five Games: OTT – T L L L L                           SAS – W W W L W                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Recognition:

OTT-N/A

SAS-Stephen DeRoux, Walter Restrepo (Team of the Week-5)

 

Stats leaders:

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

SAS-Goals –Tomasz Zahorski (5); Assists – Billy Forbes (6)

 

Suspension:

SAS-Julius James

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

At Fury: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Scorpions 1 win, 0 ties, 0 losses— 3 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: May 24, 2014 at Keith Harris Stadium — Fury 2-3 Strikers

 

Coaches quotes:

“San Antonio is presently in a great moment and we will have to be ready if we want to get a positive result. Our fans have shown fantastic support and are part of our strengths when we are playing at home. We are working hard and doing everything it takes to bounce back. We will be ready for this challenge.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

“Last week's result was a step back in the right direction and it's vital we carry that momentum into the weekend as we prepare for what will be a long trip to face a very technical Ottawa side that likes to play. At this point in the season every game is a battle and we're determined to return to our away form and gain some valuable points on the road." – Scorpions coach Alen Marcina

 

Referee: Robert Schaap

Asst 1: Peter Pendli

Asst 2: Christian Palavicino

4th: Francis Latulippe

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A crowd of 4277 spectators took in a heated match at TD Place on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in Ottawa, with the host Fury FC earning a late 1-1 draw against the first-place San Antonio Scorpions courtesy of a Tom Heinemann 90th minute marker.

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A crowd of 4277 spectators took in a heated match at TD Place on a cloudy Sunday afternoon in Ottawa, with the host Fury FC earning a late 1-1 draw against the first-place San Antonio Scorpions courtesy of a Tom Heinemann 90th minute marker.  Billy Forbes and substitute Trevin Caesar were the standouts for the visitors from Texas, who sorely missed injured captain Adrian Cann defensively, while Tom Heinemann was the offensive lynchpin for Fury FC on Sunday afternoon.

Bill Forbes was by the most dangerous player for the visitors in the opening half, using his pace to create trouble for Fury FC's defenders in the 7th minute with his speed.  Sprinting past numerous Ottawa players, Forbes eventually skied his off-balance shot over the Fury FC net.  Forbes threatened again in the 26th, using a few quick turns and fancy footwork to create a half-chance, which was denied by a diving Romuald Peiser in the Ottawa net.

Apart from Forbes' forays into the Ottawa half, Fury FC enjoyed the majority of the possession but could not solve Scorpions goalkeeper Josh Saunders.  The Puerto Rican international 'keeper had to be sharp throughout the half posting four saves, the most spectacular of which denied Ottawa centreback Mason Trafford off of a 39th minute freekick.

The best scoring opportunity of the first half went to Fury FC in the 34th minute, as rightback Ryan Richter rushed forward and finessed a shot which curled just wide of the Scorpions net.

The half ended on a sour note, with San Antonio's Walter Restrepo receiving a caution for a tackle on Richie Ryan which consequently drew an agitated crowd.

The second half saw Ottawa continue to dominate possession, and Tom Heinemann nearly put the hosts up in the 66th minute, powering a header just over the San Antonio net.  Fury FC appeared to open the scoring four minutes later, when Philippe Davies buried a rebound into the heart of the Scorpions net - from an offside position.

Surprisingly, it was the Scorpions who took the lead in the 76th minute, with substitute Trevin Caesar scoring a stunning goal from distance.

After squandering multiple chances, Fury FC seemed to have found a life line in the 86th minute, as referee Robert Schaap called a penalty after a Scorpions defender handled the ball.  Ottawa veteran Tony Donatelli stepped up and fired a crisp penalty which was well-stopped by Saunders, deflating TD Place and seemingly locking up the three points for the Texan visitors.

Yet at the death, Tom Heinemann found himself in alone on goal after a great over-the-top ball from substitute Vini Dantas, and  Heinemann made no mistake, salvaging a deserved point for Fury FC at the death.

"We made an error at the end, allowing a player that maybe isn't the fastest in clear on goal like that - it was a mistake," said Scorpions head coach Alen Marcina.  "We're still top of the table."

"We were the better team today," said his Fury FC counterpart, Marc Dos Santos.  "We are one of the teams in this league that play attractive soccer, and today we deserved this."