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Match Preview: #OTTvTBR

By Rowdies Communications, 08/02/18, 10:30AM EDT


The Basics
Ottawa Fury FC vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
Friday, August 3, 7 p.m. ET
TD Place, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Follow us for live updates on Twitter at @RowdiesGameday

How to Watch
The match will be broadcast online on ESPN+ here.

Ottawa Fury FC: 8-9-3; 5-4-2 at home; 9th place
Tampa Bay: 7-8-5; 2-6-1 on road; 12th place

Rowdies Notes
The Rowdies are coming off a fiery 2-2 draw against New York Red Bulls II at Al Lang Stadium last week. The Rowdies conceded a goal in the second minute, but then Stefano Bonomo scored twice in 50 seconds to give the Rowdies a lead by the 10th minute. The match took a sharp turn when Junior Flemmings and Head Coach Neill Collins were both dismissed from the match deep in first half stoppage time. The short-handed Rowdies were unable to hold their lead, settling for a controversial draw.

Flemmings’ red card was overturned by U.S. Soccer on Wednesday, meaning his suspension was rescinded and he is eligible to play in this match. Flemmings has a goal and three assists in the Rowdies’ last two matches, in addition to drawing a penalty, which was converted by Bonomo but doesn’t count as an assist. He was USL Player of the Week in Week 19.

Neill Collins will serve a one-game suspension and will not coach this match. He was dismissed from the technical area last weekend for protesting Flemmings’ red card.

Bonomo’s two-goal performance against the Red Bulls earned him a spot in the USL Team of the Week. Only 50 seconds passed between his first and second goals of the match. He now has three goals in his last two games.

Georgi Hristov, the Rowdies’ all-time leading goalscorer is eligible to return to action this week after serving a one-game suspension for yellow card accumulation last weekend. Hristov has 59 career goals for the Rowdies, including seven against Ottawa.

This will be the 14th meeting all-time between the Rowdies and Ottawa. This is only the third time in those 14 head-to-head matches that Ottawa has been higher in the table.

  • Suspended: Head Coach Neill Collins
  • Injury Report: OUT: D David Najem (torn ACL, April 14)    
                                       D Kyle Curinga (sprained ankle, May 12)
                                       M Lance Rozeboom (right knee sprain, June 2)