Ottawa Fury FC’s positive results streak of late isn’t going unnoticed: after securing a first win on the season on the road at Penn FC, Fury FC grabbed a second one against Atlanta United 2 last Saturday at TD Place, completing a third consecutive clean sheet in the process. As such, it is no surprise that Irish defender Colin Falvey, who has been a steady source of solid performances and gritty tackles, earned his way on the USL Team of the Week, as announced by the League Tuesday. Falvey scored a late game-winner against Penn FC and helped Fury FC record back-to-back shutouts while only allowing three shots on goal in two victories over the week.
Throughout the difficult start of the season for Ottawa, Falvey had been a reassuring voice, reminding everyone to trust the process and that goals would come. And while his defending contribution to the squad had been exemplary to that day, no one would have expected him to be the one to break through the scoring drought the club had been facing, much to the amusement of his usually more attacking-minded teammates.
Falvey is one of only two Fury FC players to have featured for all of the 720 minutes of league play so far this season, showcasing the will of a fighter in the back for Ottawa, maintaining close to a 90% passing accuracy and easily leading the club for clearances and interceptions.
The Falvey goal at Penn FC also marked a significant change of momentum for the Ottawa club that is looking to continue on this upward trajectory when it travels to Charleston on Saturday, May 19. Charleston sits in second position in the Eastern Conference and is coming hot off a four-win streak.
The USL Team of the Week for week 9 also saw Fury FC goalkeeper Maxime Crépeau get a nod with a bench selection following his third straight clean sheet, standing now at 283 minutes without conceding a goal.
Fury FC will return to TD Place on May 25th against Bethlehem Steel FC in the first of this season’s Friday evening under the lights matches. Tickets for that game and all Fury FC matches are available by clicking here, calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.
USL Team of the Week
GK – Diego Restrepo, San Antonio FC: Restrepo recorded a five-save shutout to keep his side in the game, as San Antonio earned a point on the road in a 0-0 draw against Rio Grande Valley FC.
D – Colin Falvey, Ottawa Fury FC: Falvey scored a late game-winner against Penn FC and helped Ottawa record back-to-back shutouts while only allowing three shots on goal in two victories over the week.
D – Kalen Ryden, Real Monarchs SLC: Ryden scored a pair of goals as the Monarchs swept to a 4-1 victory against the Swope Park Rangers last Wednesday night.
D – Jordan Dover, Pittsburgh Riverhounds SC: Dover recorded four tackles and four interceptions, as the Hounds held Indy Eleven without a shot on goal and also joined the attack well throughout Friday night’s contest.
M – Alessandro Riggi, Phoenix Rising FC: Riggi recorded a pair of assists and recorded five key passes overall, as Phoenix took a 3-0 victory against OKC Energy FC last Wednesday night.
M – Kay Voser, Charlotte Independence: Voser recorded a goal and an assist, recorded four shots overall and completed 56 of 61 passes as the Independence took a 4-1 victory against FC Cincinnati.
M – Lebo Moloto, Nashville SC: Moloto scored his first two goals for Nashville, as the side took a 2-0 victory against Louisville City FC on Sunday evening to remain undefeated at home this season.
M – Mohamad Thiaw, Reno 1868 FC: Thiaw recorded the game-winning goal and an assist after coming on as a halftime substitute to spark 1868 FC’s 3-2 comeback victory against Sacramento Republic FC.
F – Efrain Alvarez, LA Galaxy II: Alvarez became the youngest player to score a hat trick in the USL’s history, as the 15-year-old struck three times in a 6-3 victory against Saint Louis FC.
F – Ethan Zubak, LA Galaxy II: Zubak recorded his first professional hat trick to provide the other half of Los Dos’ scoring in the side’s 6-3 victory against Saint Louis FC.
F – Didier Drogba, Phoenix Rising FC: Drogba scored a pair of goals, including a spectacular 40-yard free kick, to lead Rising FC to a 5-1 victory against Tulsa Roughnecks FC.
Bench: Maxime Crépeau (OTT), Austin Yearwood (RIC), Luke Vercollone (COS), Sebastian Velasquez (SLC), Alex Martinez (CLT), Eryk Williamson (POR), Gordon Wild (CHS)