Ottawa Fury FC eager to notch first win at homeopener
The Ottawa Fury FC are excited to bring the Beautiful Game back home to the Glebe this weekend – and midfielder Christian Portilla has guaranteed a win for home fans at TD Place April 21.
The Fury have had a rocky start to the 2018 season thus far, scoring just one goal in its first three outings – and being outscored by a combined 10-1. But Portilla is hoping a home match is exactly what the team needs to light the Fury fire within.
“We are really excited, because playing the first three games away is tough for us, it’s another environment,” he said during practice at TD Place last week. “We are really excited to play here with our fans, and we are going to take the three points for sure. All games are guaranteed, but the home opener even more.”
Despite being outscored 10-1 in its first three games, including a 5-0 loss to vs. the Tampa Bay Rowdies, Fury head coach Nikola Popovic says that the matches were a lot closer than the score represents. He isn’t concerned with offence this year but admits that the team needs to become a lot more stable than it has been.
“What we need is consistency,” added Popovic. “We can’t alternate very good with not so good. We have to come to a moment where we are stabilized in our game, and then we can reform consistently and get to a good level. I think we are getting better with this, but of course, somebody has to put the ball inside the net and we are expecting to start doing this.”
Playing in front of a home crowd should help boost the offense come Saturday, but North Carolina FC won’t be throwing in the towel. Hot off a 2-0 win over Charlotte on the weekend, they’ll be looking to move up the standings. Popovic hopes the familiarity of the home stadium at TD Place will help the team capture its first victory this season.
“We are very excited. I think this is going to be an important day for us,” he says. “It’s important to feel this pitch, and of course, feel the fans and feel their support. it’s going to be very, very important for us.”
Saturday’s match at TD Place kicks off at 2 p.m. Click here for tickets and come out to support the Fury.