Photo Credit: Fury FC
Two weeks before their season opener in St. Louis, Fury FC displayed a convincing performance Friday afternoon at the University of Ottawa, grabbing a 4-2 win against a solid League1 Ontario side.
Sito Seoane led Ottawa’s offence with a pair of goals, while Ryan Williams – from the penalty spot – and Steevan Dos Santos completed the scoring for Fury FC. Tucker Hume also had a strong performance, setting up two goals for his club.
Ottawa dominated the first half, possessing the ball well, creating several dangerous scoring chances and using their speed to produce several counter attacks. It all paid off in the 15th minute when Seoane scored his first of the game after a nice link up with Williams on the left flank.
Ten minutes before halftime, Fury FC doubled their lead on a penalty kick. Hume was brought down in the box and Williams made no mistake converting the spot kick giving Ottawa a 2-0 advantage through the opening 45 minutes.
Ottawa added a third goal in the 61st minute when Gerardo Bruna sent a brilliant 50-yard through ball to spring Seaone on a breakaway. The American-born Spaniard kept his composure and scored his second of the game giving his team a 3-0 lead.
The opposition would crawl back into the game scoring two goals in less than 15 minutes, thanks to Simon Triantafillou and Tyrell Ryane, cutting Ottawa’s lead to one goal.
The League1 Ontario All-Star Team included former FC Montreal player, Johnny Grant, former Seattle Sounders 2 and Whitecaps FC 2 player Giuliano Frano and former Queens Park Rangers’ and Toronto FC’s youth teams player Dylan Carreiro.
Dos Santos rounded out the scoring for Fury FC in the 86th minute after a great cross from Hume. Fury FC will play their final preseason match (a closed door friendly) against the Montreal Impact next Friday, March 24, in Montreal.
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.
What are they saying?
Fury FC GM and Head Coach, Paul Dalglish:
“We’re happy to get back to winning ways. Our first half we were excellent, and in the second half, just a little bit like last week, we saw a little bit of fatigue, which is normal since a lot of our guys were playing their first full 90-minute game. But overall, it was nice to score goals, as we were more direct today. We’re very pleased with the amount of attacking opportunities we had today and scoring four goals is good for our confidence.”
Fury FC forward, Sito Seoane:
“The team showed good character today and we did what we’ve been working on training all week, and it always feels good to score four goals. Every time I score goals and it helps the team I’m happy, plus it gives me more confidence going forward.”
Starting XI (Formation: 3-4-3):
Paulmin (MacRae 46'); Meilleur-Giguere (McEleney 86'), Martin Del Campo, Edward (Barden, 46'); Mkungilwa, Manesio (Bruna 46'), Rozeboom, Dixon; Sito (Hume 76'), Hume (Dos Santos 63'), Williams (Training Player 37');
15' OTT - Sito Seoane
34' OTT - Ryan Williams (PK)
61' OTT - Sito Seoane
67' OL1 - Simon Triantafillou
83' OL1 - Tyrell Ryane
86' OTT - Steevan Dos Santos
35' OTT - Aron Mkungilwa
69' OL1 - Giuliano Frano
75' OTT - Thomas Meilleur-Giguere
Next Preseason Match:
March 24 vs Montreal Impact - 2:00 p.m. - Montreal, QC