MATCH DAY INFO:
Ottawa Fury FC vs Orlando City B
Kickoff: Tuesday, June 20, 2017 - 11:00 a.m. - TD Place
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The bell has rung, class is ready to start. Fury FC will be looking to add three points to their season total of 16, while they try to subtract all offence from Orlando City B in the club’s first ever School Day Game, Tuesday morning.
Despite a strong second-half performance against the Rhinos on Saturday, Fury FC saw its unbeaten streak come to an end at four games, as they lost 1-0 in Rochester. It was the first time since May 13th that Fury FC was held scoreless, which was also the last time they lost in USL action.
Ottawa now looks to bounce back in front of its home crowd – which will be filled with a lot of passionate and cheerful young fans as students celebrate the end of the school year. Tuesday will mark the second game of a busy stretch of three games in eight days for Paul Dalglish’s side, as the club also will be hosting New York Red Bulls II Saturday afternoon.
Tuesday’s match will also feature the use of the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) technology, which consists of an additional referee positioned in a booth, and video technology being utilized through every available camera angle to advise the head referee of clear game-changing situations: goals, penalty decisions, direct red card incidents and cases of mistaken identity.
The School Day Game is expected to be quite a battle against Orlando and Ottawa, as both teams are tied at 16 points in the USL Standings.
After kicking off the 2017 USL campaign with only one win in their first five games (1W-1D-3L), Orlando City B suffered only two losses in their last eight games, most recently 1-0 against Toronto FC II last Wednesday. Ottawa could also see a familiar face Tuesday, as former Fury FC defender Timbo is now playing for Orlando.
Following Tuesday’s game, Fury FC will once again have to quickly shift focus as the club will be hosting New York Red Bulls II at TD Place Saturday afternoon at 2:00 p.m. Tickets for all Fury FC home matches - including the July 12 friendly against MLS’ Montreal Impact - are available at OttawaFuryFC.com, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.
What they're saying:
Fury FC GM and Head Coach, Paul Dalglish:
“We want to bounce back, no doubt. We are really happy that there is a game this quickly after Rochester because we want to get back to winning ways. It’s going to be a great atmosphere and a great opportunity for us to play in front of fans that can come and watch us for generations. It’s important that we put on a show for these young kids because we want to make them Fury fans for life. With Orlando, it’s very difficult to predict who and how they are going to play. You never really know with these MLS 2 teams, but we will have to be ready and focus on our play.”
Fury FC Captain, Lance Rozeboom:
“It’s a strange time but it’s a great opportunity for the kids to come out and watch us. It will be a cool event for them, so we want to make sure to give them a good performance. We will have to wake up a little earlier and prepare a little bit earlier. It’s a big game, a six-point game. They have some good and talented players, so we will have to come out ready and take our points at home.”
Fury FC Forward, Tucker Hume:
“It’s good to have a game so quickly after Rochester to set things straight. We want to put on a performance for our home fans. Yes, it’s an 11 a.m. kickoff but at the end of the day, it’s just another game so we will have to be ready to play the way we know we can play and come out strong. We need to work hard, give our best and focus on the little things we can control.”