Ottawa Fury FC Goalkeeper Romuald Peiser Claims NASL Golden Glove Award

The French goalkeeper posted a 0.76 goals against average in 29 matches
NASL Staff | Nov 10, 2015

Ottawa Fury FC goalkeeper Romuald Peiser has been awarded the 2015 North American Soccer League (NASL) Golden Glove, which goes to the league’s top goalkeeper.

Peiser had a tremendous season between the posts, helping Fury FC capture the Fall Season title and the No. 2 seed in The Championship, the league’s four-team postseason tournament. Ottawa defeated Minnesota United, 2-1, in extra time in Sunday’s semifinal match at TD Place, with Peiser making six saves – each one bigger than the next – in the match. 

“I’m really happy about it,” Peiser said of winning the award. “It’s been a really good season for Fury FC and for me as well. It’s also an award for the team because as a player you get awards when your team does well and Fury FC was fantastic. I’m thankful to my teammates.”

In 2015, Peiser shattered several NASL records. Playing behind the same back line for more than 20 games, Peiser compiled a 648-minute scoreless streak, earned six consecutive shutouts, 14 shutouts overall, and 15 victories -- all league records. He finished the season with a 0.76 goals against average (tying the best mark set in the NASL’s Modern Era) after playing in 29 league matches and allowing only 22 goals spread over 2,610 minutes.

Peiser was named to the NASL’s Team of the Week six times in 2015 and was honored as the Player of the Month twice as Fury FC put together a streak in which they lost only one match over a 25-game stretch from early May until the end of the Fall Season.

“Every player is very important. I think that’s what made the difference for Fury FC. No matter who played, we did well,” Peiser said. “We had a winning spirit, and you realize playing like that you get results. We had so much fun on the field defending, but also attacking because we scored a lot of goals in the Fall Season.”

The 36-year-old Peiser, a native of France, played for teams in his home country (Troyes and Gueugnon), Germany (Bayer Leverkusen II and KFC Uerdingen), Switzerland (Vaduz), Romania (Rapid Bucharest), and Portugal (Naval and Académica) before joining Ottawa in July 2014.

Peiser becomes the fifth winner of the NASL’s Golden Glove Award in the league’s Modern Era, joining Evan Bush (Montreal Impact - 2011), Daryl Sattler (San Antonio Scorpions - 2012), Kyle Reynish (New York Cosmos - 2013) and John Smits (FC Edmonton - 2014). 

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