By Théo Gauthier
The Ottawa Fury have been dropping hints for months that General Manager Julian de Guzman, in his first season in the job, was not done overhauling the roster he inherited from his predecessor Paul Dalglish.
On Monday morning, the Fury delivered on those suggestions as they acquired Canadian international Daniel Haber from FC Cincinnati on a free transfer. As is its custom, the Fury declined to comment on salary numbers.
Haber could prove very useful to a Fury squad which has had difficulty finding the back of the net. Over the course of a career that has taken him everywhere from Israel to Cyprus before returning to North America in the United Soccer League, Haber has netted 24 goals and five assists. The Toronto-born forward has represented Canada five times in the 22 occasions in which he’s been called into the national squad.
“Daniel is someone we hope can help us create more opportunities for our club,” said Fury FC General Manager Julian de Guzman. “From my interactions with him in the past, I know he is a great professional, and we look forward to having him join the team and add another threat to our attacking arsenal.”
The Fury is ranked last in goals scored in the USL in 2018. Despite their lack of firepower, the Fury sits only 4 points out of a playoff spot with four home matches in the next five on the horizon.
Haber joins a front line consisting of team captain Carl Haworth (one goal), Steevan dos Santos (3), Adonijah Reid (3) and Tony Taylor (0).
Haber will be sporting #11, made famous by Romario, Didier Drogba and Ryan Giggs (not to mention Emile Heskey).
The summer transfer window for Canada and the USA is open from July 10th to August 8th.