PLAYER OF THE WEEK | Ottawa Midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic

Bosnian veteran scores goal, adds assist in Fury FC’s key road win over Strikers
NASL Staff | Sep 21, 2015

In a massive win over one of the league’s hottest teams, Ottawa Fury FC midfielder Sinisa Ubiparipovic played a starring role, tallying a goal and an assist to earn NASL Player of the Week honors.

The veteran midfielder set up forward Aly Hassan’s opening strike at Lockhart Stadium on Saturday night before firing home a goal of his own to help seal a 2-0 win over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers, who entered the encounter on a six-game unbeaten streak.

“It is an honor to be recognized by the league,” Ubiparipovic said. “It was truly a team effort on Saturday night, and my teammates deserve to be recognized for what we collectively achieved. It was important that we got off to a good start on this road trip, and now it’s time to focus on another big test against the Cosmos on Tuesday.”

Ubiparipovic, 32, turned in one of his strongest performances of the season when Fury FC needed it most. Saturday’s win in Fort Lauderdale, which kept Ottawa atop the Fall Season Standings, was the first of three road games in seven days for the club. Not only did the victory keep Fury FC squarely in position for a postseason spot – it also knocked the Strikers, one of the teams chasing Ottawa, back a peg in The Championship Race.

“Sinisa had a very good second half against Fort Lauderdale,” Ottawa head coach Marc Dos Santos said. “He had a direct impact on what we did offensively and played a role in both of our goals. Hopefully he will only keep growing over the last two months of the season.”

A former standout at the University of Akron – a school that has produced so many top players in recent years – Ubiparipovic started his professional career with the New York Red Bulls. After four seasons in New York, he moved to the Montreal Impact, with whom he would compete in the NASL’s inaugural season. Ubiparipovic left Montreal in 2013, but not before a brief loan stint with Minnesota United. The 5-foot-10 midfielder signed with Ottawa prior to its inaugural campaign in 2014.

Ubiparipovic and Fury FC have a busy week ahead. The Canadian side visits the Spring Season Champion New York Cosmos at 7:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday before traveling to Cary, N.C. to take on the Carolina RailHawks on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. ET. Tuesday’s match in New York can be seen live on ONE World Sports in the U.S. and in Canada. 

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