Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance4206
  • Date30 Aug 14
  • VenueTD Place
Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC 0
Tampa Bay Rowdies 2
Tampa Bay Rowdies

29'B. Shriver

41'D. Russell

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies



TV: OTT – Rogers TV                

Radio: OTT – TSN 1200


After earning its first victory of the Fall Campaign last week, Ottawa Fury FC return home in an effort to make it two in a row when it welcomes the Tampa Bay Rowdies at TD Place.  Ottawa is coming off a 2-1 win over the host Indy Eleven last Saturday, while Tampa Bay, who’s currently a point from the last qualifying berth to The Championship, dropped three points at home in a 1-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks.  This is only the second-ever meeting between the two clubs with the previous encounter ending in a 1-1 draw this past spring at Carleton University’s Keith Harris Stadium.  A penalty scored by forward Georgi Hristov gave the visiting Rowdies the lead, however midfielder Tony Donatelli notched the equalizer for the Fury on May 10.


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



OTT-Ryan Richter, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (Team of the Week-7)



Stats leaders:

OTT-Goals –Tony Donatelli (4); Assists – Tony Donatelli (4)

TBR-Goals – Georgi Hristov (5); Assists – Shane Hill, Georgi Hristov, Keith Savage, Blake Wagner (2)



NASL Head-to-Head: (1 meeting): Fury/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)

At Fury: (1 meeting): Fury/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)

Last Spring Season: (1 meeting): Fury/Rowdies 0 wins, 1 tie, 0 losses – 1 GF/1 GA (0 GD)

Last Meeting: May 10, 2014 at Keith Harris Stadium — Fury 1-1 Rowdies


Coaches quotes:

“We have been working very hard and now have results to show for it. Saturday is another final for us and we’re excited to return home to TD Place where we hope to continue to build our confidence in front of our home fans who deserve a win as much as the team.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

“Ottawa has picked up positive results in the last couple of weeks, so we hope from our perspective that they aren't rounding into form. I'm glad that they've turned things around and managed to get a couple of results that will give them added confidence. I'm just hoping that we can go there and approach the game in the proper manner and try to come away with a positive result on the road." – Rowdies coach Ricky Hill


Referee: Yusri Rudolph

Asst 1: John Gray

Asst 2: Jean-Francois Marchand

4th: Robert Schaap



Ottawa Fury FC 0 Tampa Bay Rowdies 2

Goals from forward Brian Shriver and midfielder Darel Russell gave the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies a 2-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place on Saturday evening.


Goals from forward Brian Shriver and midfielder Darel Russell gave the visiting Tampa Bay Rowdies a 2-0 win over Ottawa Fury FC in front of 4,206 spectators at TD Place on Saturday evening.

After a well-balanced first 29 minutes, Shriver tapped home the opening goal. Forward Georgi Hristov dribbled the ball to the endline and created enough space for himself to slide a pass to Shriver, who first-timed toward the far post and into the net. It was Shriver’s second goal of the season.

In the 41st minute, Russell doubled the Rowdies’ lead with a laser from well outside the box past Ottawa goalkeeper Romuald Peiser and into the top corner of the net.

Ottawa created moments of danger in the opening 45 minutes, but could not manage to capitalize on any, sending the match into the locker room at 2-0.

Neither side scored in the second 45 minutes, though Ottawa had the better chances. The Fury’s Tom Heinemann did appear to pull a goal back in the 70th minute, but the play was whistled offside.

Georgi Hristov had a shot saved at point-blank range by Peiser just before stoppage time, but the match ended 2-0.

"Delighted with a victory, extra delighted that we managed to keep a clean sheet, haven't had many of them this year," said Rowdies coach Ricky Hill, who earned his 40th victory of the NASL Modern Era.  "I'm happy with the performance I hope we can go to Minnesota next week and put on an equally good performance."


Photo by Steve Kingsman