Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3105
  • Date01 Oct 14
  • VenueTD Place
Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC 2
Atlanta Silverbacks 0
Atlanta Silverbacks

Vini Dantas21'

N. Paterson34'

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Atlanta Silverbacks

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. Atlanta Silverbacks



TV: OTT – Rogers TV                

Radio: OTT – TSN 1200


Two teams looking to get back on the winning track as the Atlanta Silverbacks travel to Canada face Ottawa Fury FC for the first time at TD Place.  Atlanta, who has lost its last four games, dropped a 1-0 decision at home to the San Antonio Scorpions last Saturday.  Meanwhile, Ottawa, who has won two of its last three games but is winless at TD Place, is coming off 3-2 loss to visiting Minnesota United FC last Sunday.  This will be the third meeting between the two clubs with each having won a game apiece in 2014.  The last time both sides faced off was two weeks ago when goals from forwards Carl Haworth, Oliver and midfielder Pierre-Rudolph Mayard gave the visiting Fury a 3-0 win at Silverbacks Park.


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






Stats leaders:

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

ATL-Goals – Jaime Chávez (8); Assists – Pablo Cruz, Blair Gavin (3)



NASL Head-to-Head: (2 meetings): Fury 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss— 4 GF/2 GA (+2 GD)

At Fury: First Meeting

This Year: (2 meetings): Fury 1 win, 0 ties, 1 loss— 4 GF/2 GA (+2 GD)

Last Meeting: September 20, 2014 at Silverbacks Park — Silverbacks 0-3 Fury


Coaches quotes:

“We are ready and determined to push ourselves in a position to get our first win at TD Place. We must focus on the means to beat Atlanta and not the result.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

“We're looking to bounce back. I thought we played very well in our last game and were unfortunate not to get result. Going to Ottawa, I was impressed with their work rate when we played them a few weeks ago. We know we have to match their effort, increase our work rate. I thought we did that on Saturday and we're looking to do the same this week.” – Silverbacks coach Jason Smith


Referee: Yusri Rudolf

Asst 1: Lyes Arfa

Asst 2: Peter Pendli

4th: Cheistian Palavicino



Ottawa Fury FC 2 Atlanta Silverbacks 0

Goals from forward Vini Dantas and midfielder Nicki Paterson gave Ottawa Fury FC a 2-0 victory over the visiting Atlanta Silverbacks at TD Place on Wednesday evening.

fury celebration

"This game was very important," stated Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos after his side's 2-0 blanking of the uninspiring Atlanta Silverbacks.  The victory was key for two separate reasons for Fury FC; it marked the club's first-ever win at TD Place, and the club picked up its first 'routine' victory - it was a game the club was, ""Supposed to win," in the words of Dos Santos, and win they did, thoroughly outplaying the visiting Silverbacks over the course of ninety minutes.  Inspiring performances from the likes of Nicki Paterson, Oliver, Carl Haworth, and Vini Dantas up front led Fury FC to the three points, and the defence stood tall throughout the evening, conceding minimal chances to Atlanta.

The evening started off brightly for Ottawa, with Fury FC threatening early and often in the first half.  Nicki Paterson's 14th minute cross forced Atlanta goalkeeper Eric Ati to come charging out of his net and make a desperation clearance - the first of many out of the Atlanta penalty area throughout the game.

Four minutes later, Tony Donatelli's cross found the foot of winger Carl Haworth at the back post, but Haworth was denied superbly by Ati before the rebound was sloppily cleared from the Silverbacks' penalty area.

Riding a wave of momentum, Fury FC broke the deadlock in the 22nd minute, courtesy of Vini Dantas.  The Brazilian controlled a long ball from Oliver and spun past a pair of Atlanta defenders before finishing calmly past Ati to bring the passionate crowd of 3105 to its feet.
Fury FC nearly doubled their lead six minutes later, when Oliver curled a perfect cross into the heart of the Atlanta area, which an unmarked Carl Haworth headed inches wide of the far post.

Marc Dos Santos' side then succeeded in doubling their lead in the 34th minute.  It was Oliver yet again acting as offensive catalyst for Ottawa, as the Brazilian winger unselfishly dished a pass to a sprinting Nicki Paterson. The Scotsman made no mistake, beating Ati and giving Ottawa a crucial insurance goal.  The moment sentimentally completed the long, hard recovery Paterson has undergone since picking up a major injury which sidelined him for a substantial part of the season.  Celebrating with the fans on the near side, it was a special moment for the club, Paterson, and the supporters, who were raucous throughout the evening.

Vini Dantas nearly picked up his second of the match on the stroke of halftime, as the hulking striker worked his way into the Atlanta area and rolled a shot just wide of the Silverbacks net.

The two teams settled into a rhythm in the second half, and the match became testy in the final twenty minutes as Atlanta felt themselves sliding to a defeat.  Silverbacks midfielder Junior Burgos was sent off in the closing moments for an unsportsmanlike gesture towards Fury FC captain Richie Ryan.

"Tonight was the same problem we've had in recent games, we had a poor first half and we didn't stick to the game plan," said disappointed Atlanta head coach Jason Smith.  "In the second half we started playing a little better, but we got a bit caught up.  We're a young team, and we've got to learn not to let our emotions get the better of us."

Fury FC head coach Marc Dos Santos was reserved, but satisfied with the team's professional performance.  "It's good to win, but it's even better to win with a rotated squad," explained Dos Santos, whose squad saw five changes from the XI that faced Minnesota United on Sunday.  "This was a game we were supposed to win, and we deserved it tonight.  Our approach was good, and now we have to focus on traveling to San Antonio on the weekend."