Match Preview: Rowdies Visit Ottawa Fury FC
Tampa Bay Rowdies at Ottawa Fury FC
Saturday, May 10 at 7:00 p.m. ET
Carleton University, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
The match can be seen live on NASLlive.com.
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2014 NASL Spring Records (W-T-L)
Tampa Bay: 1-2-1, 5 points
Ottawa: 1-0-3, 3 points
The Rowdies and Fury have never met before as 2014 is Ottawa’s inaugural NASL season.
The Rowdies picked up their first win of the season on May 3 in San Antonio, topping the Scorpions 1-0 courtesy of a Shane Hill goal in the 51st minute. Tampa Bay head coach Ricky Hill shuffled the Rowdies starting lineup from the three previous matches, handing Willie Hunt and Keith Savage their first starts of the NASL season. Hunt started at right back, with club captain Frankie Sanfilippo moving in to form a central defensive pairing with Takuya Yamada. Savage started on the left wing.
Left back Blake Wagner is suspended for this match, having been dismissed from last weekend’s match for receiving two yellow cards. Wagner has started all four matches this season.
Ottawa caught the eyes of the league on April 26, pounding the Carolina RailHawks 4-0 to earn its first win in franchise history. The Fury failed to build on that success though, regressing to a 2-1 loss in Atlanta last week. Ottawa was also eliminated from the Canadian equivalent of the U.S. Open Cup, the Amway Canadian Championships with a 3-1 loss to FC Edmonton on April 30.
Coached by Marc Dos Santos, the Fury prefers a 4-3-3 lineup. Against Atlanta, the formation was headed by a frontline of Phillippe Davies, Vini Dantas and Carl Haworth.
Ottawa is led by Brazilian Oliver, who has two goals and an assist this season. Goalkeeper Devala Gorrick, and defenders Mason Trafford and Drew Beckie are the only Fury players to play all 360 minutes of NASL league matches this season.
Head Coach Ricky Hill
"We need to be ready to build on how we ended last Saturday against San Antonio. I just told the guys today that the resilience and desire they showed, particularly when we went down to 10 men, needs to carry into every game. That would keep us in good stead for the future. Ottawa have had some good results, so we’re not going to underestimate them. They beat Carolina 4-nil in their last home game and that takes some doing, so they’re a team of good quality. I know Marc Dos Santos from his time at Montreal and I know he’ll have his side prepared to give us a really tough game. The onus is on us again to ensure we continue on this winning run if we can.”
Following this match, the Rowdies will then return home to play their biggest rivals, the New York Cosmos on May 17 and Fort Lauderdale Strikers on May 24. By calling (877) ROWDIES and mentioning “May Madness,” or by clicking here, fans can purchase a special $20 ticket package that includes one ticket to each match. A fireworks display will follow both matches.