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Post Season: Ottawa Fury FC 0 – 0 Bethlehem Steel FC

Post Season: Ottawa Fury FC 0 – 0 Bethlehem Steel FC

PHOTOS: Steve Kingsman/Freestyle Photography/Ottawa Fury FC By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo That sound you heard over and over again on Sunday afternoon at TD Place—soccer ball thumping against plastic piping—may have been the death throes of the Ottawa Fury’s 2018 playoff hopes. The Fury’s playoff hopes are still alive, but the goal the club set for itself in the preseason to attend the postseason dance in 2018 was made more difficult as the Fury drew the penultimate match of the season 0-0…

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Rising: Richmond Kickers 0 – 2 Ottawa Fury FC

Rising: Richmond Kickers 0 – 2 Ottawa Fury FC

PHOTO: Richmond Kickers By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo   The Ottawa Fury have back-to-back wins for the first time since June, as the men in black and red earned a 2-0 victory on the road against the Richmond Kickers. Yes, back-to-back victories against the 16th-place Toronto FC II and the 15th-place Richmond Kickers are expected from a team with playoff ambitions, but the deed still has to get done. On a windy night in the Virginian capital, a Carl Haworth-induced own goal…

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OSEG CEO Mark Goudie Discusses Decision To Forge Ahead In USL

OSEG CEO Mark Goudie Discusses Decision To Forge Ahead In USL

By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo The late-afternoon sun beats down on us from the western side of TD Place as OSEG CEO Mark Goudie and I take our seats in what is normally the Ottawa Fury opposition’s bench. Earlier in the week, Goudie revealed to the assembled media that the Fury would not be joining the Canadian Premier League in its inaugural season. Instead, the Fury will continue to play in USL in 2019. Beyond that? It depends. Author’s note: What…

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Pulsating: Toronto FC II 3 – 4 Ottawa Fury FC

Pulsating: Toronto FC II 3 – 4 Ottawa Fury FC

PHOTO: Toronto FC II By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo On Thursday night in Toronto, the Ottawa Fury took a 2-0 lead into halftime with goals from Tony Taylor and Cristian Portilla which, in any other Fury match of 2018, would have been game over. The Fury secured their halftime lead by playing the same way they have all summer: tight defence, solid goalkeeping, conceding possession and taking shots at the opposition on the break. Head Coach Nikola Popovic’s hand was forced into…

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No CPL In Canada’s Capital — For Now

No CPL In Canada’s Capital — For Now

PHOTOS: Steve Kingsman/Freestyle Photography/Ottawa Fury FC By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo The decision-makers at Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) found themselves at the intersection of a new adventure and prudence. They chose the latter. By choosing to keep Canada’s capital team out of the Canadian Premier League and continuing their involvement in America’s second division, the Ottawa Fury instantly become an outlier in Canadian Soccer: too small a market for MLS (which has made it clear its Canadian expansion is over),…

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Drought: New York Red Bulls II 1 – 0 Ottawa Fury FC

Drought: New York Red Bulls II 1 – 0 Ottawa Fury FC

PHOTOS: New York Red Bulls II By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo If the Ottawa Fury are to make the playoffs in 2018, they will have done so the hard way. On Friday night in Montclair, New Jersey, the Fury were dealt a blow to their fading playoff ambitions by way of a 1-0 loss to the New York Red Bulls II. The loss is their third in succession and the fourth match in a row without scoring. For those counting at home,…

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Knife Edge: Ottawa Fury FC 0 – 0 Indy Eleven

Knife Edge: Ottawa Fury FC 0 – 0 Indy Eleven

PHOTOS: Steve Kingsman/Freestyle Photography/Ottawa Fury FC By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo   There are times in sport when two opponents are so finely poised, so evenly matched, that a thin blade is necessary to pry them apart. On Saturday afternoon at TD Place, neither Ottawa Fury FC or Indy Eleven got their hands on such an implement as they poked and prodded their way to a 0-0 draw. When it’s this close, every opportunity takes on a larger significance. Both sides had…

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Clinical: Ottawa Fury FC 2 – 0 Richmond Kickers

Clinical: Ottawa Fury FC 2 – 0 Richmond Kickers

PHOTO: Martin Mendizabal By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo Another home win, another clean sheet. The Ottawa Fury picked up a vital three points against the Richmond Kickers at TD Place on Wednesday night on a perfect night for soccer in the capital. Maxime Crépeau and the Fury picked up their 11th clean sheet of the season as Carl Haworth and Tony Taylor provided the goals they needed to climb to seventh in the USL Eastern Conference standings. The Fury may have intended…

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Music City Lament: Nashville SC 2 – 0 Ottawa Fury

Music City Lament: Nashville SC 2 – 0 Ottawa Fury

Nashville has historically been the home of heartfelt laments, so the Ottawa Fury won’t have had to look hard for an appropriate soundtrack for their journey home after a 2-0 loss on Friday night. Merle Haggard’s “Sing Me Back Home” might be a good selection, seeing as this mini road trip has failed to deliver the bounty of points the Fury set out to collect after the final game of their homestand. Against Atlanta United II on Tuesday, in the…

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Ottawa Fury Release Former Phenom Gerardo Bruna

Ottawa Fury Release Former Phenom Gerardo Bruna

PHOTOS: Steve Kingsman/Freestyle Photography/Ottawa Fury FC By Théo Gauthier @OwnGoalTheo He’s the boy-wonder who never quite reached the expectations levied upon him as a promising 17-year-old. On Thursday afternoon, the Ottawa Fury released Gerardo Bruna after three mostly ineffective seasons for the club. In 38 matches for the Fury, the Argentinian-born midfielder scored one goal and had three assists. It was thought that the former Liverpool FC academy product could flourish in the right environment after bouncing around the lower English…

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