A new era for Ottawa Fury FC is already underway as the club prepares for its USL debut on April 1 in St. Louis. Part of the new era will see new leadership in the squad and on Thursday the club announced that midfielder Lance Rozeboom was appointed captain – the third in club history.
“Lance is a fantastic leader and he epitomizes everything we want from the captain of our club,” said Dalglish. “I know he can do the job because he was my captain in Austin. When I had conversations with my staff, the players and members of the organization his name kept coming up. He’s not just the captain I want, but who his teammates want.”
Rozeboom has previously worn the captain’s armband during the 2015 USL season in Austin as he captained the Aztex under Paul Dalglish. Rozeboom was the only player that year to start all 28 games and was voted MVP by his teammates.
In 2016 – during his first campaign with Fury FC – Rozeboom had a remarkable season leading the team in minutes played (2711) and was a leader in the midfield recording the highest pass completion percentage (87%). His versatility served the club well as he played in several positions when the team was struck with a rash of injuries. The Walker, Iowa native also won the 2016 Newcomer of the Year Award.
Rozeboom, a well-respected leader in the locker room, is very honored and humbled by this new role.
“It’s an honour and I’m very humbled by it,” said Rozeboom “I appreciate everything that this organization has done for me, it’s truly a first-class club, from the top down. I’m very thankful to Paul and I think he’s leading this club in the right direction. We have a great group of guys and leaders here so it’s not just about me – we’re all in this together.”
Prior to joining Ottawa and captaining the Austin Aztex in their inaugural 2015 season, Rozeboom spent two years with the Rochester Rhinos featuring in 49 games. Over three USL seasons, he boasts over 80 games and more than 5800 minutes played.
Rozeboom replaces Julian de Guzman as captain after de Guzman announced his retirement last month, but will remain with the club as an assistant coach.
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With Week 2 of their training camp drawing to a close, Fury FC will face local side Ottawa Internationals in a closed door friendly on Friday night (closed to fans/open to media), before traveling to Florida on Sunday for a week-long camp at IMG Academy in Bradenton with preseason fixtures against Saint Louis FC (February 21), OKC Energy (February 23) and FC Cincinnati (February 25).
Ottawa Fury FC open the USL season April 1 in Saint Louis with their All-Canadian home opener set for April 22 against Toronto FC II. Season tickets for the 2017 USL season are now on-sale at OttawaFuryFC.com, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.