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Returning from a grueling yet successful week of training in Florida, week five was all about getting things right: systems, bodies and minds.
After a Monday session focused on recovery – most of the players had endured a testing 90-minute contest against Nashville SC in Florida on Friday – Tuesday was punctuated with another preparatory match, this time against Carleton University. This game also offered Fury FC Head Coach Nikola Popovic a fresh first-hand look at his newest addition, forward Tony Taylor.
“I think we’re at a point where we can say we are where we wanted to be,” said coach Popovic earlier in the week.
In week five, more additions were made – the arrival of three Montreal Impact players on Wednesday brought some much awaited depth – and captains were named. But with the week coming to an end, and the start of the 2018 USL regular season only two weeks away, Fury FC is not showing signs of slowing down.
In fact, it will head down the 401 to visit its Canadian neighbors to the South, Toronto FC II, in a friendly match on Sunday, March 4 at BMO training ground. The matchup should bring out some interesting fight as Toronto FC is expected to field a mix of its TFCII side, as well as players from the first team that will not have seen time on the MLS club’s season opener Saturday afternoon.
On the Ottawa side, except for Spanish midfielder Cristian Portilla and Canadian defender Nana Attakora that will still be sidelined, working on recovering from unexpected setbacks to injuries suffered last season, Fury FC fans can expect to see a full complement of their 2018 season roster dressed for this match.
The two sides will face off again in only four weeks’ time when Ottawa visits BMO Field for Toronto’s opening match of the 2018 schedule on Saturday, March 31.
Following this TFC exhibition match, Fury FC will have one more chance to get all the pieces in place on the chess board in a contest against League1 Ontario All-Stars on Friday, March 9 at 12:45pm, before ramping up preparation towards its own season debut, which will take place on March 17 as Fury FC visits the Independence in Charlotte.
This Sunday’s match is closed to the public but fans can follow @OttawaFuryFC on Twitter for updates.