MATCH DAY INFO
Ottawa Fury FC @ Bethlehem Steel FC
Kickoff: Sunday, May 19 – 6:00 p.m. – Talen Energy Stadium
With four points from two games against the Red Bulls II and North Carolina FC this past week – which could easily have been six – Fury FC is trending in the right direction as it heads out on the road to face Bethlehem Steel FC on Sunday. (kick-off 6:00 p.m., OttawaFuryFC.com).
SCOUTING BETHLEHEM STEEL FC
Bethlehem Steel FC not only advanced to the USL Cup Playoffs for a second consecutive season but added its first postseason victory to the club’s history book after an enthralling clash against Keystone State rival Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC saw the visitors emerge victorious in a penalty shootout.
Unsurprisingly given his success on the field and in helping turn fresh talent upward to the Philadelphia Union, Head Coach Brendan Burke remains at the helm, and he’ll have his on-field general back as well in the form of Irish midfielder James Chambers. New arrivals include former Union Academy standout Ben Ofeimu on a professional contract, and Issa Rayyan, who joins the club as a professional after previously playing as a USL Academy signing before his freshman season at Duke University.
As with previous years, there will be roster turnover for Burke to deal with, but there also may be the chance to see more of young playmaker Brenden Aaronson on loan from the Union after a 2018 season that saw him record five assists in 18 games. Regardless of the team’s overall make-up, though, it should be expected that Bethlehem will be in the mix for the postseason again this October. (via USL Championship)
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“It’s going to be a tough match. (Bethlehem Steel) are traditionally a very strong team. It’s very difficult to scout (affiliated teams), not knowing what they are going to present on the day of the game. We know it is a very explosive team who has the ability to score a lot of goals. However, sometimes they concede goals too. So we have to try to do what we’ve been doing, stay consistent and believe in our principles.”
“We’re on a good run, we are performing in a really good way, so our challenge is to stay consistent and if possible to even get better, we will do it.”
“The idea is to be aggressive, not give them the space, and when we have the ball, to be patient, find the spaces and attack!”
Midfielder Wal Fall
“I’m excited to play against Bethlehem because I never lost against Bethlehem so I’m trying to keep this winning streak against them alive with Ottawa Fury FC. We’ll see how it goes!”
“We have good confidence. The locker room is pretty happy about the undefeated streak. We try to apply what coach teaches us and we’re excited to go to Bethlehem and try to get three points.”
HOW TO WATCH
LIVE STREAM: OttawaFuryFC.com
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VIEWING PARTY: ByTown Boys SC are hosting a viewing party at The Senate Tavern (1156 Bank St), all are welcome