Tough road ahead
Going in, the goal was 10 points on the current four-game homestand for the Ottawa Fury FC.
Three games in, the best they can hope for is seven.
And the upcoming schedule will do the team no favours.
Beginning Saturday, it’s either four games in 11 days or five games in 15 days, with three of them on the road in a span of seven days.
That won’t make things easy.
“There’s was a point in last year’s schedule where we had three games in a short span . . . and won all three,” said Fury FC head coach Paul Dalglish. “This league is genuinely so balanced. Every game is so close. It’s just a goal here or there.”
Following the end of the homestand, the Fury FC will head to Orlando, Florida, for a Wednesday night game, take a bus south to Tampa Bay for a Saturday night game, then fly to Cincinnati to finish the trip August 23rd.
The trip will be tough on the entire roster, and depth will be a problem with the loss of defender Shane McEleney to a three-game suspension.
McEleney was handed a card for a foul in last week’s game and when USL officials reviewed it at head office, they tagged him for the suspension for “intent to injure” the opponent.
The club’s offence could get a boost, however, with the loan of forward Nick DePuy from the MSL’s Montreal Impact.
DePuy played one game for the Fury FC earlier this season and, while he did not score, was an offensive threat throughout the 90 minutes.