Match Preview | Ottawa Fury FC at Atlanta United 2
OTTAWA - Bounce back on the road.
That's the plan for Ottawa Fury FC as the club continues their extended road trip that will includes stops Atlanta Saturday night followed by a date with Indy Eleven on September 11.
Fury FC will look to turn around its recent 2 match slide as the guys get ready for an Atlanta squad that has lost the past 3 matches including a 5-0 loss to Birmingham Legion FC earlier this week.
Fury FC continues to hold down eighth spot in the USL Championship's Eastern Conference and will look to make a move upwards over the next week away from home.
Atlanta United 2 sits in 16th spot in the conference, 19 points behind Fury FC.
Fury FC will be without Christiano Francois, who is off on international duty with the Haitian National Team.
Carl Haworth enters this match leading the club in goals with 8 which is tied for 29th best in the league
Fury FC previously defeated Atlanta United II 2-0 at home earlier this season
Charlie Ward still leads the league in passes with 1,648
Ottawa currently has scored 37 total goals as opposed to Atlanta's 29
Scouting Atlanta United II: Like Saint Louis, Atlanta United 2 finds themselves well below Fury in the standings, though even further out of playoff positioning heading into Week 27 of USL Championship action. Atlanta is led offensively by Bienvenue Kanakimana and his six goals on the year, followed by five goals from Jackson Conway. United 2 has lost its past two games and three of the past four.
What they're saying
Head Coach Nikola Popovic
"It's an important stretch for us. These three games are going to test us and see how we're going to respond, knowing that two of our key players in Mour (Samb) and Christiano (François) will be missing. This is a very good chance for the players that are starving for an opportunity for them to show their quality and that they are capable of stepping up."
"I think it's all about consistency. We saw how good of a match we played against Saint Louis, especially in the first half, and then we saw our level going down and up against Pittsburgh, so I think that until we show that we can consistently play at a high level, we will have to focus on the little things that make us play to that level."
D Carl Haworth
"I think it's fantastic that we're headed out on the road, especially given the recent result on Friday, it'll kind of let us get away from here, forget about that, move on and let us gel as a group. It says a lot when you're spending a lot of time together."
"It was individual errors. I know some of the guys were disappointed with their own performances, we all are as a group, letting four goals in in front of our home fans and lose is difficult, so we'll just regroup and get the mentality right for this one."
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