MATCH DAY INFO
CANADIAN CHAMPIONSHIP, Qualifying Round 3 Leg 2
Ottawa Fury FC v HFX Wanderers FC
Kickoff: Wednesday, July 24, 2019 – 7:30 p.m. – TD Place
Ottawa Fury FC was the only team to win their first-leg match 3-2 in the Canadian Championship’s Qualifying Round Three, with Montreal Impact drawing 2-2 against York9 FC and the Vancouver Whitecaps drawing 0-0 against Cavalry FC. Now, the second-leg matches are set, and Fury FC is ready to welcome HFX Wanderers FC this Wednesday night (KO 7:30 p.m.) on its home turf and in front of its fans.
Ottawa Fury FC of USL Championship and HFX Wanderers FC of the Canadian Premier League combined for five back-to-back goals in the first-leg match played in Halifax on July 10. With Fury FC scoring three away goals and getting the win, Ottawa is looking for another stellar performance to wrap up this portion of the battle and advance to face Toronto FC in the semi-finals. The winner of the tournament will hoist the Voyageurs Cup after the second leg of the Final Round scheduled for 25 September and earn a berth to the 2020 Concacaf Champions League.
WHAT THEY’RE SAYING
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
“We are very focused on this match. Everyone has to understand that if we look at this (qualifying) round as one game, we’ve only really played one half. And you don’t win anything in life by only winning the first half. We have to play the second half. We have to be very serious, very responsible. We’ll have to be the best version of ourselves, knowing that we have an advantage (with the 3-2 lead) but still having to play the second part of that game.”
Defender Jérémy Gagnon-Laparé
“This is very important for us. We’re taking this game very seriously. It’s our objective to go through to the next round. We know it’s not over, that we still have to play this game, and be at our best. They (Halifax) have some quality, so this game is definitely something we’re taking seriously.”
Goalkeeper Callum Irving
“It’s massive that we stay organised defensively. Obviously, we have an advantage right now (with the 3-2 lead) so we know that if we do our job defensively we’ll make it through. We’re all focused on that. We’ll play our game and try to keep it tight at the back.”