Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance5094
  • Date28 Sep 14
  • VenueTD Place
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Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC 2
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D L D W W
Minnesota United FC 3
Minnesota United FC

T. Heinemann16'

R. Ryan55'

20'M. Ibarra

23'Daniel Mendes

88'C. Ramirez

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs Minnesota United FC

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs Minnesota United FC

OTTvMNU

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: OTT – Rogers TV                

Radio: OTT – TSN 1200

 

NASL Spring Champion and current Combined Standings Leader Minnesota United FC travel to take on Ottawa Fury FC at TD Place.   United, who’s already secured a spot into The Championship, is coming off a 2-0 victory over the host San Antonio Scorpions last week.  Meanwhile, the Fury, who are six points from the last spot into the league’s four-team postseason tournament, are unbeaten in their last three games after posting a 3-0 win on the road against the Atlanta Silverbacks last weekend.  Minnesota has won the only two meetings against Ottawa in 2014.  The last time both sides faced off was on August 2, when two tallies from NASL leading goal scorer Christian Ramirez gave the host United a 2-1 win over the Fury.

 

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

Recognition:

OTT-Oliver, Ramon Soria (Team of the Week-11)

MNU-Miguel Ibarra (Player of the Week-11); Justin Davis, Miguel Ibarra, Matt VanOekel (Team of the Week-11)

 

Stats leaders:

OTT-Goals – Oliver (6); Assists – Vini Dantas, Tony Donatelli, Richie Ryan, Sinisa Ubiparipovic (3)

MNU-Goals– Christian Ramirez (15); Assists – Christian Ramirez (5)

 

Series:

NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): United 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 4 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

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

This Year: (2 meetings): United 2 wins, 0 ties, 0 losses— 4 GF/2 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: August 2, 2014 at TCF Bank Stadium — United 2-1 Fury

 

Coaches quotes:

“We will focus on all the details that will give us a chance to win this game. Minnesota is a strong opponent and that is why they are leading the NASL. But we also know our value and we also know what we are capable of. Ottawa Fury FC will definitely be ready for this challenge.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

“We know are coming into a game on Sunday against a team in good form. We are excited to get up to their new stadium, this will be the first time for us playing there, so we are certainly looking forward to the trip.” – United coach Manny Lagos

 

Referee: Chris Grabas

Asst 1: Lyes Arfa

Asst 2: Oscar Mitchell-Carvalho

4th: Mathieu Bordeau

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Ottawa Fury FC 2 Minnesota United FC 3

The NASL's leading scorer, Christian Ramirez, found the net in 89th minute to give Minnesota United FC a 3-2 win over Ottawa Fury FC in its first ever trip to TD Place in Ottawa.

mnu vs. ott

Minnesota United continued its winning ways with a dramatic 3-2 victory against Ottawa Fury FC in front of 5,094 spectators at TD Place on Sunday. After falling behind early, goals from Miguel Ibarra, Daniel Mendes, and a last minute strike from Christian Ramirez seized three vital points for United.

"I think we showed character and resilience against a team that played really well against us today," said United coach, Manny Lagos.  "There were nervous moments, but it was important that today we found a way to win.  Ottawa were outstanding, they're in this league to compete, and today was very challenging for us because of the level they played at."

The first goal came as Ottawa's Sinisa Ubiparipovic was taken down in the penalty area by Tiago Calvano with a sliding challenge. Calvano earned a yellow card while Tom Heinemann stepped up for the Fury to take the shot. He shot left and goalkeeper Matt VanOekel dove right as Ottawa claimed the early 1-0 lead.

The advantage wouldn't last long though as United struck back quickly with a quick attack. A long ball was played perfectly into the Ottawa penalty area by Juliano Vicentini to Miguel Ibarra. Ibarra settled the ball as three defenders closed in on him and passed the ball into the net to level the match at 1-1.

Two minutes later United took the lead off of a corner kick. After his first attempt was headed out by the defense, Kevin Venegas delivered a perfect cross to the far post of the Ottawa goal. Midfielder Daniel Mendes was positioned perfectly and all the Fury defenders could do was watch as Mendes expertly headed the ball home to make it 2-1 for Minnesota.

Ottawa came out strong in the second half and made its presence known by dominating possession and not letting Minnesota get any offensive chances. The pressure paid off after Minnesota defender Cristiano Dias tackled Heinemann outside the United penalty area and gave the Fury a free kick. Tony Donatelli skillfully curled the ball over the five-man wall and into the top left corner of the net to tie the match at 2-2.

United was eventually able to generate some offense as the half went on, getting a majority of the shots on goal in the second half. Aaron Pitchkolan and Calvano both had excellent shots that rattled off the crossbar that would've surely put Minnesota on top.

The deadlock held strong until the 89th minute when Minnesota found a gap in the Ottawa defense. Pitchkolan played a long ball down the left side of the field that Ibarra reached just before it went out of bounds. The midfielder crossed the ball into the middle of the penalty area and found Christian Ramirez running in just above the goalkeeper's box. Ramirez blasted the ball past goalkeeper Romauld Peiser to secure the late victory for United.

With the result, Minnesota remains on top of the NASL Fall and Combined standings and picked up all six points from the two-game road trip.