Fall is here, the hoodies are out, and Ottawa is starting to look like a Group of Seven painting (a Thomson though, not a Jackson. Ugh). Point is, it’s getting colder. So what better way to warm up than by getting tickets to see the hottest team in Canada (Blue Jays): Ottawa Fury FC!
Apt613 can get you there. We have 5 pairs of tickets to give away to see your playoff-bound Fury take on the San Antonio Scorpions this Sunday, courtesy of the Stony Monday Riot, an organized group of supporters for the Ottawa Fury FC.
Simply leave a comment below telling us:
1)What you think the score of Sundays game will be, and
2)Who you think will score for the Fury
…and you’ll be entered to win! It’s that easy! Winners will be chosen by random draw on Saturday, Oct. 17 at noon.
Sunday is Fury FC’s annual Fan Appreciation match, and their last home game of the regular season. Having clinched a playoff spot after winning their last home game against Edmonton, Ottawa is now looking to secure a playoff game at home.
The Fury have a three point lead on top of the NASL Fall Season standings, and are one point behind New York Cosmos for the Combined Season standings lead with one game in hand. To help clinch a home playoff game, they’ll have to beat the Scorpions, a team that has struggled all season.
Ottawa won the last meeting between the two teams 1-0 in San Antonio. The Fury defence was even more stifling than the 38 degree Texas heat they were forced to play in, and the Scorpions never really looked like a threat. In their last few games however, they have abandoned their defence-first mentality (which wasn’t winning any games), and have found some scoring touch. They are coming off a solid 2-1 win over bottom-dwelling Indy Eleven.
WHO’S GOT THE WORST STING?
It feels strange to not be worried about the third leading scorer in NASL, but San Antonio’s Omar Cummings has hurt the Scorpions offence more than he’s helped. He may have 10 goals on the season, but he hasn’t scored a meaningful goal in months. The biggest (though unproven) threat might be Kris Tyrpak. Tyrpak joined the Scorpions in September after playing in the USL with Austin Azteks, and has scored two goals in his first two games (one was voted the NASL Play of the Week). Look for him to start against Ottawa.
Ottawa can taste that home playoff game. It’s theirs if they want it. But last week they let two important points slip away as they allowed a late tying goal by Tampa Bay, and had to settle for the single point.
Fury FC lives and dies by its defence, but their offence has shown it can be explosive at times. This is the kind of game Ottawa needs to flex its offensive muscles in, and prove early that they’re in a different league. The big threats up front, like Tommy Heinemann, Paulo Jr., Sinisa Ubiparipovic, and Aly Hassan, need to create space for each other and put everything on net.
Ottawa recently signed 20 year old midfielder Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé on loan from Montreal Impact. This will be his first game in Fury colours, and it will be exciting to see if he gets playing time Sunday. He already knows Mauro Eustaquio; the two have been playing together on Canada’s U23 in Olympic qualifiers the last few weeks.