On December 9, the Montreal Impact announced that it had a new partner in the USL’s Ottawa Fury FC, allowing the Bleu-blanc-noir to send players on loan there to get more playing time.
Some of the Impact’s best young players will thus go to the other side of the Ottawa River, in the Canadian capital, to keep progressing in a professional environment with some playing time in the USL.
Founded in 2005, the Fury first started playing in the USL PDL. In 2011, Ottawa was awarded a franchise in NASL, where the club started playing in 2014. Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG) put the necessary base in place for professional soccer in the capital.
In the general combined standings of both 2014 seasons (spring and fall), Ottawa finished eighth in the league.
2015 was a much better year, the best so far. The Fury finished second in the general standings of both seasons, with the same number of points as first-placed New York Cosmos.
After a tough 2016 season, Ottawa decided to leave the NASL and join the USL for the 2017 season.
About the Fury
The Ontario team’s home is TD Place, which can host up to 24,000 fans on game day. The players are supported by passionate fans, including supporter groups like the Bytown Boys and the Stony Monday Riot. Games are usually broadcast on radio (TSN 1200 in English and 94.5 FM in French) and streamed live at ottawafuryfc.com.
Scotsman Paul Dalglish has been Ottawa head coach since 2016, after coaching many different North American teams. He is joined by Bruce Grobbelaar, legendary Liverpool goalkeeper in the 80s and 90s, who acts as assistant and goalkeeper coach. Jed Davies was also hired in the summer of 2016 to be Dalglish’s assistant.