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Ottawa Fury FC striker Sito Seoane (Twitter: @OttawaFuryFC)

Match Preview: “Calm” Fury FC take on Bethlehem Steel

By Josh Lemoine on August 3, 2017

A week after an impressive 2-0 win at home over Toronto FC II, Ottawa Fury FC are looking to build on some recent momentum and climb the USL  standings. They face Bethlehem Steel FC on Saturday.

Bethlehem Steel FC are winless in their last three outings and are coming off a humbling 4-0 defeat last weekend. Nevertheless, they sit three points ahead of Ottawa, currently in 9th place. Ottawa’s win against TFC2 was a dominant performance against a team at the bottom of the table. Forward Carl Haworth said “we were all over them that game, it easily could have been 4, 5, 6 nothing. We can take a lot of confidence from that.”

The game saw goals from Fury FC newcomer Azake Luboyera, as well as this wonder-strike by Sito Seoane:

That goal from nearly 40 yards gives Sito five goals so far on the year – he leads Fury FC in scoring. Spanish midfielder Gerardo Bruna was particularly dangerous all game and was named to the USL Team of the Week for his efforts.

Saturday’s game will be Fury FC’s third in a four game homestand. Ottawa will face Charlotte Independence on August 12th before heading off on a three game road trip. With 14 games to go in the USL season, Ottawa isn’t in panic mode by any stretch, but stringing together a few wins here at home would put Fury FC in a far more comfortable position going into the final third of the season.

Said coach Paul Dalglish, “I think… the thing we’ll see now is a looser team, after putting the 2-goal victory on the board. When we get those chances in the next few games, we will be looser and we will take more of them. We’ve got no doubt, that win will calm everybody down a little bit.”

Fury FC teammates celebrate Azake Luboyera's game-winning goal last weekend. (Photo: Steve Kingsman)

Fury FC teammates celebrate Azake Luboyera’s game-winning goal last weekend. (Photo: Steve Kingsman)

The last time…

Ottawa and Bethlehem last met in Pennsylvania on June 4th and played to a 1-1 draw. Fury FC had some fortune on their side, thanks to keeper Callum Irving making a key penalty kick save, early on. Bethlehem dominated possession and generally looked like the better team that night. Ottawa’s goal came from Michael Salazar, who is back with the Montreal Impact after a short loan spell in Ottawa.

Players to watch…

Seku Conneh (Bethlehem Steel FC): The 21 year old is a member of the Liberian national team, and is Bethlehem Steel FC’s top scorer with seven goals so far. At 6’2″ he has some size, and loves to shoot. Conneh scored BSFC’s only goal the last time these teams met. He is returning from an injury but will likely start against Ottawa. Fury faithful will hope he’s not close to his pre-injury form.

Carl Haworth (Ottawa Fury FC): “Mr. Fury” had several opportunities to score against TFC2 but is still finding his stride after missing the first half of this season with an injury. Haworth at 100% would certainly have buried a goal or two last week. He’s getting closer with every game, and Saturday night could mark his return to the scoresheet.

Ottawa Fury FC kicks off against Bethlehem Steel FC at TD Place this Saturday, August 5th at 7pm. Tickets cost $15 available online and at the TD Place Box Office. Admission to Fury FC home games is free for registered soccer players aged 14 and under.