Professional soccer has come to Ottawa. The Ottawa Fury played a competitive spring season and ended up 6th in the table. Quite an achievement. The team came together earlier in the year with Marc Dos Santos signing players in the early months of January and February. They started training together in March and played just five preseason games before embarking on the season. Not a lot of time for the guys to get to know each other’s playing styles and gel together.
What we’ve seen throughout the season, both home and away, is a team that is highly competitive. In the early games we saw a few issues with the forwards linking up with the midfield, but that seems to have worked itself out with the strikers being able to be in better position to receive service from the strength of the talented midfielders. We have seen players like Tony Donatelli and Sinisa Ubiparipovic shine in the midfield, scoring goals and setting up beautiful plays. We saw the comeback of the injured forward Tommy Heinemann as he scored the glorious winning goal against FC Edmonton at home.
We’ve seen the defense struggle but find their footing with Drew Beckie and Mason Trafford anchoring the center. Our powerful center back, Omar Jarun, found success playing for the Palestine national team as they won the Asian Challenge Cup, jumping 71 spots up the FIFA rankings.
And through it all Devala Gorrick has been solid as a rock in goal, organizing the back line, and keeping us in the game with some spectacular saves.
We’ve had some struggles with injuries that have seen some players on the bench for some of the season and still haven’t seen Nicki Paterson on the field. We all look forward to the day he steps on the turf of Landsdowne.
Throughout the spring season we’ve seen the Fury grow together as a team. We’ve celebrated all the firsts. First home win, against Carolina. First away win, against Indy. First appearance in the Voyageurs Cup. First goals. First saves. First starts. First playing minutes. And we’ve lamented some firsts. First home defeat, against Minnesota. First away defeat, against Fort Lauderdale. First elimination from the Voyageurs Cup. But through it all we are there for the Fury. We will always support them in the highs and lows, as individuals and as a team.
And all of this was done without a permanent home. It can only get better from here as we look forward to the fall season at TD Place. We will have a stadium to call our own as we build our identity in the NASL. It’s time for the fans and Ottawa to take ownership of this team. The Fury belong to us and they have our hearts.
Fury we’re always with you.
Written by Kendra Lee