Ottawa Fury FC v Louisville City FC
Sunday, July 14 – 2:00 p.m.
TD Place, Ottawa, ON
OTTAWA - Looking to bring a bit of bite to the game on its annual Dog Day Afternoon match, Ottawa Fury FC welcomed a feisty opponent in Louisville City FC at TD Place Sunday afternoon. Human and canine fans all over TD Place enjoying the sun and evenly disputed match were treated to a 1-1 draw from their home team against the two-time defending USL Championship champion.
It took over 55 minutes before either team broke the stalemate, and the game’s first goal came after Ottawa’s captain Carl Haworth earned his side a penalty kick, which Wal Fall sunk past the extended arms of LouCity goalkeeper Hubbard to give Fury FC the lead. Louisville got a goal back of their own shortly after that when Rasmussen’s strike found the back of the net and levelled things at one apiece in the 68th minute, which would be the last goal of the afternoon.
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“The players were amazing, fighting until the end. As expected, it was a very difficult match. We are speaking about a team that is a two-time champion, a very good team who was always able to understand what was going on on the field. The first half was much more a game of transition and set plays. Then in the second half, we started very well, scored the goal, and then we lost a bit our aggressivity in the midfield and they were able to come back. After that, I think it was very even. Today, I think the 1-1 score is very fair.”
Defender Maxim Tissot
“It’s huge. We’ll be disappointed at the end (of the game), because we were leading. But I think that because of our game on Wednesday, we got a bit tired at the end. They are a good team, we knew it was going to be a tough opponent today. But overall, with how tight the standings are, I think this point could be very useful in the end. So a bit disappointed now, but looking back in the next few days, we’ll be satisfied with the point.”
Review match statistics
Ottawa Fury FC (4-3-3): Irving; Obasi, Barnathan, Meilleur-Giguère, Haworth ©; Fall, Ward (77’ Attakora), Mannella; De Freitas (61’ Tissot), Oliveira, François
Louisiville City FC (3-4-2-1): Hubbard; Craig, Totsch (64’ Jane), Peay; Rasmussen, Francis (63’ Davis IV), Williams, Jimenez; Ownby, McCabe; Spencer
56’ – OTT Fall (PK)
68’ – LOU Rasmussen
77’ – OTT Meilleur-Giguère
81’ – LOU Rasmussen
90+2’ – OTT Obasi