On one hand, you have the returning goalkeeper who featured in net for all 32 matches during the 2017 season, collecting seven clean sheets in the process.
On the other hand, you have the newcomer, heir-apparent to the Canadian Men’s National Team starting job, on loan from Montreal Impact and in search of more playing minutes.
Whichever way you look at it, the all-Canadian goalkeeping battle between Callum Irving and Maxime Crépeau will have the Ottawa Fury FC in good hands. Literally.
“Maxime and I played together on the National Team in the past, we always got along very well,” said Callum Irving of his new teammate. “He’s a hard worker, I’m a hard worker, we are both competitive guys and when we get in the same environment we want to push each other. I think we’re both looking forward to working together this season.”
“Callum is a great guy. He did well last year and was really good for the club,” offered Crépeau in return. “We have a good dynamic together, competitively, he’s a true professional, hard worker, so we’re pushing each other.”
Time will tell as to which of the two Canadian Internationals will win the number one keeper status – or if that is even the avenue Head Coach Nikola Popovic will take. With a packed 2018 USL calendar, and additional Canadian Championship matches on the horizon, needless to say depth and experience at this critical position is important for a club determined to not just fight for a playoff spot, but make some noise in 2018.
Fury FC will open the 2018 USL season – its fifth as a professional club – on March 17 in Charlotte against the Independence, the first of four games on the road, before returning to TD Place for its Home Opener against North Carolina FC on April 21.
Be part of the action all year long! Season tickets for the 2018 USL season are available now by clicking here, calling 613.232.6767 X1, or in person at the Box Office at TD Place.