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MATCH PREVIEW: OTTAWA FURY FC v CHARLESTON BATTERY

By Ottawa Fury FC, 06/25/19, 3:00PM EDT

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MATCH DAY INFO
Ottawa Fury FC Charleston Battery  
Kickoff: Wednesday, June 26 – 7:00 p.m. – TD Place

THE MATCHUP

Not long after a splendid showing in Nashville on Saturday, pushing its unbeaten streak to nine straight, Ottawa Fury FC will look to continue on its stride and secure more point against a tough, but familiar opponent in Charleston Battery (Wednesday, 7 p.m., OttawaFuryFC.com). Fury FC has yet to beat Charleston, and this mid-week matchup at TD Place could be the ideal time to do so for the Ottawa lads. 

STORYLINES

  • Fury FC is coming off an outstanding performance against one of the league’s top contender loaded with future MLS talent in Nashville SC on Saturday, coming back from behind twice to earn a 3-3 draw.
    • Ottawa extends its unbeaten series to 9, only 3 shy of its franchise record established in 2015.
  • Wednesday’s match will mark Canadian goalkeeper Callum Irving’s 50th game played in Fury FC uniform. He joins a select few to have reached that milestone, including current Fury FC members Jamar Dixon (84), Onua Obasi (79), and the club longest serving member, captain Carl Haworth (139).
    • Kevin Oliveira and Thomas Meilleur-Giguère are two games away from their 50th having each featured in 48 matches with Fury FC.
  • Charlie Ward continues to lead USL Championship in passes with 1,028 in 14 games for an average of 73 per 90 minutes. He has a lead of over 130 passes on his closest challenger, Bethlehem Steel James Chambers (895 in 16 games).
  • Ottawa has maintained an average of 1.71 point per game so far in 14 games. Its franchise best was 1.74 in the 2015 season, in which Fury FC reached the NASL Soccer Bowl final.
    • Ottawa has 7 different scorers on the record so far this season, led by Mour Samb (6G 4A), Wal Fall (5G 2A) and Christiano François (4G 3A).
  • This is the second matchup between the two clubs this season; Ottawa opened its 2019 campaign in Charleston with a 1-1 draw, thanks to a goal scored in the 5th minute by Kevin Oliveira. Fury FC has yet to beat Charleston (0W-4D-1L).

SCOUTING THE CHARLESTON BATTERY

The Charleston Battery reached the USL Cup Playoffs for the eighth consecutive season in 2018, continuing their streak as the lone club to reach the postseason in every year of the league’s history, but for a second consecutive year they were eliminated at home in the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals by the New York Red Bulls II. That defeat completed a disappointing end of the regular season that saw Charleston win only three times in its final 13 games to finish fourth in the East after a start that looked promising to add a second USL Cup to its trophy case.

Despite that late-season downturn, however, the Battery should be considered a solid playoff contender again this season. The side returns All-League First Team midfielder Tah Anunga – who broke out as one of the best two-way midfielders in the league – and stalwart center back Taylor Mueller. Goalkeeper Joe Kuzminsky also returns after taking the No. 1 spot from Odisnel Cooper a season ago. (via USL Championship)

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING

Head Coach Nikola Popovic

“We have to focus on ourselves. We know the strengths and weaknesses of Charleston however we have to focus on being able to perform in a good way and be able to capitalize on the chances that we are creating.”

“I believe we’re going to have a lot of the possession in this game, but we have to be able to create chances to score goals with this possession. It’s going to be a difficult game against a tough team who’s very physical and plays a lot of direct football.”

Midfielder Thiago De Freitas

Forward Christiano François

“We’re looking forward to tomorrow (Wednesday). It’s going to be a tough game. We’re in a good place right now, and we’re all coming together to help each other, on and off the field. It’s not going to be an easy game! Charleston is a difficult team to play. Defensively they are really good.”

“I think we’ll give our best tomorrow to win, hopefully. That’s what we’re looking forward to.”

HOW TO WATCH
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