PHOTO: The Canadian Press
By Théo Gauthier
May 4, 2018
On Wednesday, the Ottawa Fury roster shrunk by one when Jose “Sito” Seoane announced on Twitter that he was leaving the club.
A chapter ends today. Just want to thank @furyfc for this almost 2 years. Want to thank the organization, players, staff and specially the Fury fans for it. Once a Fury, always a Fury. Now onto the next chapter and with the same passion and hard work like so far . ✌ P91 pic.twitter.com/ATHOLGSHzw
— Jose Sito Seoane (@sitoseoane) May 9, 2018
For a few hours, his sudden departure was shrouded in mystery as his tweet was the only source for the news, which didn’t jive with the manner in which the club usually operates.
Then, just before dinner time, the Fury released a statement from general manager Julian de Guzman:
Economy of words is a worthy pursuit, and this could end up in a sports management textbook as a good example on how to say as little as possible.
It’s not hard to see why Seoane and the Fury would wish to part ways. After featuring as a regular in the Fury starting eleven under former head coach Paul Dalglish in 2017, Seoane has found it difficult to get into the squad under Popovic. In seven matches, Seoane had yet to start a match, coming on as a substitute on three occasions. Ironically, the Spanish-American forward scored the first goal of the 2018 Fury season against the Charlotte Independence.
Sources with knowledge of the situation tell Ottawa Sports Network that despite Seoane’s desire to remain in Ottawa, he was a puzzle piece that didn’t fit in Popovic’s system and the decision to leave was the player’s.
One possible landing spot for Seoane could be Miami FC, coached by Dalglish. The former English Premier League and Major League Soccer midfielder took over for Alessandro Nesta when the club joined the National Premier Soccer League. Seoane has played for every Dalglish-led club to date, beginning with the Austin Aztex of the Premier Development League.
Wherever he lands, Seoane will be remembered in Ottawa as a classy, hard-working forward with the ability to punish opponents with some smart runs and vicious shots. His departure was immediately lamented on social media, supporting the perception that he was a fan-favourite: