Over the years, the Canadian flag has flown high above the Ottawa Fury FC organization. After leading all five Canadian professional clubs last year in terms of minutes played by Canadians with an average of over 300 minutes per game, Fury FC continue leading the way in Canadian content this year.
As the club is readying itself to face Toronto FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship Semifinals Tuesday evening at TD Place, Canadian players are expected to once again have a significant impact during that game.
Both squads are loaded with Canadian talent and with the new tournament rule that requires at least three Canadians in the Starting XI, needless to say that we expect to see these Canadians bringing their best as they look to pace their respective sides to an early advantage in the first leg.
Callum Irving is once again going to be a key player for Ottawa. The Canadian goalkeeper – who is third in the USL in minutes played by a Canadian player with 630 – is very proud to represent his club and appreciates the opportunity Ottawa has given him.
“It's massive to be a Canadian on a Canadian team,” said Irving. “There is a real sense of pride and I think it's fantastic that there is a local platform for Canadian players to showcase their talent.
Irving is looking forward to facing Toronto FC and feels honored to play in the Canadian Championship and expects the club to give it all.
“I know that it is absolutely massive to the club that we do well in the Canadian Championship,” added Irving. “For me personally, I've grown up watching and I am honored to play in it. It would be a dream come true to win it for the Fury faithful.”
Another Canadian player who has had a significant impact on the team, ever since joining Fury FC last year, is Eddie Edward. After participating in the Canadian Championship with FC Edmonton over the last few years, Edward is truly honored to defend Fury colours now.
“I'm extremely proud to be able to represent this fantastic club and city in such an important competition,” said Edward. “The fans really get up for these games and we feel a strong sense of responsibility to perform well and entertain.”
“Bringing one of the biggest games in club history to TD Place will be very exciting and I can't wait to see our fans come out and support us through the 90+ minutes,” added Edward.”
Fury FC will travel to the Big Apple this weekend to face New York Red Bulls II, before returning to TD Place to host Toronto FC in the first leg of the Canadian Championship Semifinals on May 23rd at 7 p.m.
Tickets for that game and all Fury FC matches are available at OttawaFuryFC.com, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.
List of Canadian players with Fury FC
GK - Callum Irving
GK - Andrew MacRae
GK - David Paulmin
D - Eddie Edward
D - Thomas Meilleur-Giguère
D - Aron Mkungilwa
F - Carl Haworth
M - Jamar Dixon