PHOTOS: Steve Kingsman/Freestyle Photography/Ottawa Fury FC
By Théo Gauthier
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 football pyramid. Former Fury FC Head Coach Paul Dalglish, with his deep connections to Liverpool FC, was viewed as creating just such an environment for the young prodigy.
Sadly for Fury fans, a breakthrough failed to materialise.
Bruna began the Popovic era in Ottawa as a starter, but his playing time diminished to the point that, even though he had fully recovered from a knee injury, he was relegated to the press box. His services were not deemed useful—even from the substitutes bench.
It’s not clear whether Bruna’s contract was bought out or if he accepted a release without compensation (the Fury are notoriously tight-lipped about player contracts and the financials that go along with them, but it was rumoured that Bruna was one of the better-paid players on the Fury’s roster).
What’s next for Gerardo Bruna? As a teenager, the Spanish media anointed him as “The Next Messi.” An utterly unfair label for a 17-year-old, to be sure, but his next landing spot should be interesting. Where does a footballer go after being released from a team in the American second division?
Bruna now has until August 31st to find a new club before the international transfer window closes.
On a personal note, we wish him well. Although soft-spoken, Bruna was always willing to meet with the media and politely answer questions. Whatever key Bruna needs to unlock his talents, we hope he finds it on the next stop in his career.