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Ottawa Fury FC 2019 season will go ahead in USL

The club has been sanctioned by CONCACAF.
2018-12-21 ottawa fury fc against toronto fc
Ottawa Fury FC versus Toronto FC. Photo/ The Canadian Press

Ottawa Fury FC will be playing in the United Soccer League next year, as originally planned.

It was informed on Friday, by Canada Soccer, that it had been sanctioned by CONCACAF. The sanctioning from governing body for soccer in the North America just needs to be approved by international governing body, FIFA.

Earlier this week, Fury FC sought urgent relief from the Court of Arbitration for Sport to permit the team to play in the USL after its sanctioning had been brought into question by CONCACAF. 

"Now that we're sanctioned by CONCACAF, the US Soccer Federation and Canada Soccer to play in USL Championship in 2019, we will accelerate preparations for the 2019 season," said Mark Goudie, President and CEO of Ottawa Fury FC's parent company, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group. "Too much negative energy has already been expended on this. I hope that we (starting with me) can now get back to supporting Canadian soccer and each other, regardless of what level or pitch we play on or badge we wear -- except for the two-hour period we might play against each other, of course."

"[Fury FC GM Julian de Guzman] can now get back to completing our roster for 2019 and we look forward to our mission to bring playoff soccer back to Ottawa come next fall," added Goudie.

Ottawa Fury FC is getting ready for its sixth season as a professional club, and third in USL Championship, with action set to begin on the road over the weekend of March 8-10, 2019.  

The team's regular season home opener against Nashville SC will be played on Saturday, April 6 at TD Place. 


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