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Ottawa Fury: Edmonton comes to Ottawa in potential all-Canadian playoff

By Josh Lemoine on October 3, 2015

Mad Tom is on a mission.  The Eddies are in his way.  You don’t want to get in his way.

In directly related news, Sunday is an Ottawa Fury FC gameday!

FC Edmonton is undefeated in four games.  They’re on a three game winning streak.  They’re coming off a statement win on Sunday against the Spring Season champions New York Cosmos.  Most importantly, they’ve played their way into the the fourth and final NASL playoff spot.

Good for them.  Now let’s look at how Fury FC is doing, shall we?

Ottawa has lost once (….ONCE!) since May 2nd.  They are coming off a three game road trip, taking all 9 points over nine days.  FC Edmonton beat New York 2-1?  Well, Ottawa beat ‘em 4-1.    Then they strolled into Carolina and laid a 3-1 beatdown that looked like Usain Bolt winning a race while coasting confidently for the last 50m.  They now sit in first place in the NASL Fall Season and combined standings, giving them the first seed in the NASL Championship playoffs.

It’s a good time to be a soccer fan in the nation’s capital.  Check out the highlights from Ottawa’s last game in Carolina.

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“Mad Tom” Heinemann has been leading the way of late, with Paulo Jr. by his side, combining for 3 goals each over the last two games.  Sinisa Ubiparipovic has been pulling his weight as well, often being a dominant force in the middle, controlling play and adding a goal of his own in Fort Lauderdale.

That being said, Edmonton has given Ottawa a lot of trouble in the past.  Fans will still be haunted by Lance Laing coming in for the Eddies in a spring Amway Canadian Championship match in Ottawa, needing only 10 minutes to turn a 1-0 Ottawa lead into a 3-1 defeat.  I maintain Lance Laing is the single biggest offensive threat in the league.

WHO WILL SHOW UP?

That really is what this game boils down to.  If Ottawa’s “Great Wall” defence shows up, Laing won’t be getting through it.  If Edmonton’s supporting characters show up, like Daryl Fordyce (who has stepped up in the Eddies’ recent run), that’ll make this a tight game.

?PREDICTION: 2-1 Ottawa.

Ottawa Fury FC take on FC Edmonton at 3pm on Sunday, October 4, 2015 at TD Place. Single game tickets start at $17 and can be purchased here.