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MATCH PREVIEW: OTTAWA FURY FC v NEW YORK RED BULLS II

By Ottawa Fury FC, 05/07/19, 11:45AM EDT

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MATCH DAY INFO
Ottawa Fury FC v New York Red Bulls II
Kickoff: Wednesday, May 8 – 10:30 a.m. – TD Place  
 

THE MATCHUP

Ottawa Fury FC is set to welcome over 5,000 local students for its annual School Day Game this Wednesday, May 8. Once again this season, New York Red Bulls II will be the visiting team looking to spoil the party at TD Place Stadium, but they will face solid opposition in a fired up Fury FC squad and new fans by the bus load (kick-off 10:30 a.m., OttawaFuryFC.com).

STORYLINES

  • Ottawa enters Week 10 strong off a 2-0 win against Atlanta United 2 over a week ago, but having been inactive this weekend following the rescheduling of its matchup against Saint Louis. NYRBII picked up their second straight victory against Birmingham this past Wednesday and were also off this weekend.
  • Fury FC holds a 2W-0D-1L at home this season, while NYRBII has only played once away, a 2-1 win in Charlotte on April 13.
  • Ottawa will face a potent attack in NYRBII, a side that has scored 21 goals in 8 matches this season. Fury FC has conceded 5 goals, an average of less than 1 per match (0.8) and will look to contain NYRBII by staying compact and playing its purposeful possession-based game.
  • With a current record of 3W-1D-2L for 10pts, Fury FC is still on its best start of a season in franchise history, having collected its most number of wins and points in its first 6 matches (2018: 0W-2D-4L 2pts; 2017: 1W-3D-2L 6pts; 2016: 1W-2D-3L 5pts; 2015: 1W-2D-3L 5pts; 2014: 2W-1D-3L 7pts)
  • Fury FC milestone: midfielder Charlie Ward played his 100th professional career match on April 20 when Ottawa visited Louisville City FC. He now has 60 USL Championship matches under his belt, 6 of which with Fury FC.

SCOUTING NEW YORK RED BULLS II

As much as things change at the New York Red Bulls II each offseason, so much stays the same. That’s in part why the side, led by Head Coach John Wolyniec, has reached the Eastern Conference Final of the USL Cup Playoffs each of the past three seasons. One of the best attacking teams in the league in 2018, as it racked up 71 goals in the regular season, the Red Bulls II put things into place defensively late in the season and finished the campaign on a six-game undefeated streak. Building on that defensive structure in 2019 could see the side get back into the top four this season, with returning defenders Jordan Scarlett and Allan Yanes and new Red Bulls signings Sean Nealis and Kyle Duncan potentially mitigating the departure of Hassan Ndam in the MLS expansion draft. The Red Bulls II attack figures to be as potent as before, with the duo of Jared Stroud and Tom Barlow both back to lead the side up front. (via USL Championship) 

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Head Coach Nikola Popovic

“We will have to adapt very fast in these circumstances, however the team is looking very good, they are showing a lot of character, a lot of intensity in the training session so I think we can expect a very good performance tomorrow.”

“We have to do what we do. We have to play our game. We know this is a very difficult team. It’s not by accident that this team is in the first position in the standings. They are even stronger than it was last year. We can expect a good game. I think there will be a lot of people in the stands (who) will watch a very good game.”

Goalkeeper Callum Irving

“There’s excitement, whenever you get a bunch of people in the stands it’s exciting and the kids have seemed to have a great time in the last few years. I think mutually it’s something we both look forward to. As far as the early kick off time, obviously it’s something you never really experience but it’s part of life and it’s the same time we train every day so I think guys will be mentally ready.”

“I think we just need to be zoned in for 90 minutes because this team is relentless. It could be added time in the first half or added time in the second half, they’re still going to be trying to play their game and come at us. The staples of good defence is communications, organization and being compact and knowing when to play and when not to play, taking risks out of the back. Again, (we need) a full 90-minute performance.”

HOW TO WATCH
LIVE STREAM:  OttawaFuryFC.com
RADIO: TSN 1200 (EN) | fm1047.ca (FR)
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