Match Center

  • CompetitionNASL
  • Attendance3935
  • Date18 Oct 14
  • VenueTD Place
W L W D L
Ottawa Fury FC
Ottawa Fury FC 0
V
D W D D W
FC Edmonton 2
FC Edmonton

9'C. Burt

20'L. Laing

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton

Match Preview: Ottawa Fury FC vs. FC Edmonton

OTTvsFCE

Webcast: NASLLive.com

TV: OTT – Rogers TV                  Radio: OTT – TSN 1200

 

Two Canadian rivals face off for the third time this year in league play as Ottawa Fury FC host FC Edmonton at TD Place.  The two sides, however already have history together after competing at the Amway Canadian Championship, where the Eddies eliminated the Fury to reach the semifinals this year.  Edmonton, whose four points from the last qualifying berth to The Championship, extended its unbeaten to five games last Sunday with a 3-0 home win over the Carolina RailHawks.  Meanwhile, Ottawa, who is coming off a 2-1 road loss to the New York Cosmos last Saturday, currently leads the NASL head-to-head series against Edmonton.  The previous league encounter between the two clubs took place on July 13, and ended in a scoreless draw at Commonwealth Stadium.

 

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

                                               

Recognition:

OTT-N/A

FCE-Ritchie Jones, Mallan Roberts (Team of the Week-14)

 

Stats leaders:

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

FCE-Goals – Daryl Fordyce, Lance Laing (6); Assists – Lance Laing (5)

 

Suspension:

OTT-Tom Heinemann

 

Series:

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

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

This Year: (2 meetings): Fury 1 win, 1 tie, 0 losses — 1 GF/0 GA (+1 GD)

Last Meeting: July 13, 2014 at Commonwealth Stadium — Eddies 0-0 Fury

 

Coaches quotes:

“We still have a lot to play for this season. The next three games are very important for us. Ottawa versus Edmonton is one of the games to watch in the NASL. Two extremely competitive sides that always play to win. We know how intense the games against Edmonton can be and we are willing to do everything it takes to get the win in front of our fans.” – Fury FC coach Marc Dos Santos

 

“This is a very important fixture for us. I’ve watched Ottawa for the last little bit and their performances have much improved. We know on Saturday they will be up for a great game. We have done very well away from home, but we need to start picking up three points instead of one.” – FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller

 

Referee: Robert Schaap

Asst 1: Lyes Arfa / Asst 2: Jean-Francois Marchand

4th: Chris Grabas

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Ottawa Fury FC 0 FC Edmonton 2

Goals from forward Chad Burt and midfielder Lance Laing have given FC Edmonton a 2-0 victory over host Ottawa Fury FC in front of 3,935 spectators at TD Place on Saturday afternoon.

OTTvFCE

Goals from forward Chad Burt and midfielder Lance Laing have given FC Edmonton a 2-0 victory over host Ottawa Fury FC in front of 3,935 spectators at TD Place on Saturday afternoon.

The victory extends the Eddies unbeaten streak to six NASL games as they remain in the race for The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament.

FC Edmonton opened the scoring nine minutes into the match via Chad Burt, as the visitors' mid-season signing tapped home a well-worked cross from winger Lance Laing.  

Fury FC nearly tied in the 17th minute, as captain Richie Ryan - making his return to the Ottawa lineup after the birth of his daughter last weekend - curled a free kick just over the FC Edmonton crossbar.

The western visitors then doubled their lead in bizarre fashion in the 20th minute off of a corner kick.  Laing, who stood out for the Eddies in the opening half, curled a corner kick into the heart of the Fury FC 18-yard box which snuck into the net, fooling both goalkeeper Romuald Peiser and near-post defender Nicki Paterson on its way in.

Fury FC nearly halved their deficit in the 38th minute, as Nicki Paterson's free kick from distance narrowly missed the top corner of the Eddies' net.

Ottawa took over the match in the second half, dominating in both possession and shots, but failed to beat superb Eddies 'keeper John Smits.  Omar Jarun found himself in all alone on Smits in the 66th minute, but his chipped effort was parried away by Smits.  Deep in injury time, Tony Donatelli saw his cannon of a shot parried away by Smits.

"We didn't come to entertain - and we make no apologies for that," said FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller.  "We're right in the mix (for The Championship), we've won away from home - the guy's deserve a ton of credit."