MLS soccer, lobster boil and Daniel Alfredsson all in the Glebe this week
The biggest match in the Ottawa Fury FC’s entire franchise history is here.
The Ottawa footy squad takes on the Vancouver Whitecaps tonight at TD Place in the first leg of the Amway Canadian Championship semi-final. The series features a home-and-home tilt with the aggregate winner advancing to the finals against either the Montreal Impact or Toronto FC.
This is the first time a Major League Soccer (MLS) team has been in Ottawa and the first time Ottawa FC has been on the verge of an Amway championship final berth. They’ll have to get over Vancouver first and it’ll be a tough hill to climb as the whitecaps are in a division higher than the North American Soccer League in which the Fury play.
Tonight will mark the first time the Fury plays against an MLS team. It will be interesting to see how the club fares against the bigger, stiffer, fiercer competition.
“We’re confident,” said Fury head coach Paul Dalglish in a press release.
“We are in great form as we had some really good results leading into the last game. And even though we lost the last one, we’ve grown in confidence from it because of the level of our performance. We’re going into this game with great confidence and great excitement to produce another quality display in front of our supporters.”
The winner of the Amway Canadian Championship will represent Canada at the ONCACAF Champions League, the North and Central American equivalent to the UEFA Champions League in Europe.
Last year’s champions Vancouver Whitecaps will be looking to do it again.
Wednesday’s game is at 7:30 p.m. at TD Place. Get tickets here.
The second leg takes place June 8 in BC.
Wednesday’s match kicks off an exciting week of events at the Glebe, including a lobster boil, a cycling tour and a Meatloaf concert.
It all kicks off Thursday when the Glebe Neighbourhood Activities Group (GNAG) hosts their annual Lobster Kitchen Party at the Glebe Community Centre. Join neighbours and friends and enjoy lobster, lobster poutine and fresh strawberry shortcake. Tickets are $55. There will be live music courtesy On Better Ground and a cash bar. The feast starts at 6:30 p.m. Get your tickets here.
Join former Ottawa Senators Captain Daniel Alfredsson, as he and four other deserving athletes are inducted into the Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame at the Horticulture Building Friday. Alfredsson, along with world championship freestyle skiing silver medalist Jeff Bean, Tina Takahashi, a female judo icon, as well as builders Bob O’Billovich, an all-rounder in football, and Barclay Frost, a veteran international and national track and field official.
Tickets are $75 for the night. Click here for more details.
Ever wondered what it’s like inside the Ottawa 67s dressing room? Curious about how many Stanley Cups the Ottawa Silver Sevens won at Lansdowne?
Now is your chance, as Doors Open Ottawa brings history to life at TD Place Saturday afternoon. The event is free and will bring participants on a time warp and discover the history and culture behind Ottawa’s greatness. It all starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4 p.m. Click here for more details.
And if you’re in the mood for grilling Sunday, head to the Ottawa Farmers’ Market and pick up some fresh veggies, meat and have yourself the illest barbecue on the planet. The market is full of fresh, local produce, hand crafted goods and artisan products. The market runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Sunday in the Glebe. Click here for more details.
Charge up on good eats. You’ll need it, as performer Meatloaf and the Canadian Women’s Soccer squad head into town next week.
There’s always something happening in the Glebe.