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Ottawa Fury FC hosts Toronto FC II for the club’s home opener this Saturday at TD Place – the first Battle of Ontario to be played on grass.
Fury FC are coming off a 1–0 win this past weekend against the Richmond Kickers, and, well, I’m just gonna leave this here:
That highlight-reel goal by new signing Steevan Dos Santos is just one of many signs Fury are on the right track.
The 2017 regular season got off on the wrong foot for Ottawa when the team went down two goals in the first 10 minutes of their season opener vs. Saint Louis FC. Ottawa showed a lot of heart, coming back to tie the game, only to lose on a last minute own-goal. In their next match, Fury FC then had a strong showing in Tampa, losing a tight 1-0 game to a team that could end the year at the top of this league.
Ottawa players roll into TD Place coming off the confidence-boosting win in Richmond. They’ve played increasingly well in each of their first three games, specifically defensively and in goal.
Of the win last week, coach Paul Dalglish said, “It’s hard to win games on the road in this league, as we found out, so we’ll take the victory any way we can. But that goal from Steevan was sensational. To win games on the road your goalkeeper needs to make big saves and I thought Callum [Irving] was outstanding.”
On Saturday, Ottawa will be facing a Toronto FC II team with a comparable record (1W-2L-1D), but a goal differential (-5) that is worst in the Eastern Conference. Dalglish’s Fury FC will be looking to take advantage and score some goals against a team that hasn’t played since April 7th (a 0-0 draw against Rochester).
Players To Watch
Steevan Dos Santos (Ottawa): On top of scoring a potential Goal of the Year, Dos Santos has arguably been Ottawa’s most dangerous offensive threat, leading the team with seven shots in three outings. He’s had a number of near misses and will be looking to capitalize on Saturday.
Malik Johnson (Toronto): Johnson is part of the national team program, playing with the U17s and U20s internationally, and has seen time training with Toronto FC’s first team (in MLS). He’s being watched closely by the big league team and is looking to secure a more consistent spot in MLS in the near future. TFC2 will look to him to provide a spark.
For a pair of tickets to the game: Which club did Fury FC play in their season opener, away from home on April 1? And for bonus points: Name the hometown player who scored Fury FC’s first goal of the 2017 season. Answer in a comment below. Winner will be notified by email after a random draw on Thursday April 20.
Ottawa Fury FC (1W-2L-0D) face Toronto FC II (1W-2L-1D) in their home opener at TD Place on Saturday April 22. Tickets cost $10–30 and are available online or at the TD Place Box Office.