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Opposition Report: Ottawa Fury - 9/9 @ 6:05 PM

By Rochester Rhinos, 09/08/17, 4:30PM EDT

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What you should look for at Capelli Sport Stadium tomorrow!

The Rhinos (11-5-8; 41 points) return home to Capelli Sport Stadium on Saturday, September 9th at 6:05pm to face the Ottawa Fury (7-9-9; 30 points) on Mascot & Superhero Night presented by M&T Bank.

This is the third and final time the Fury and Rhinos will meet this USL season. Rochester came out 1-0 winners at home thanks to an early header by Ryan Felix. The sides nearly battled to the same result at TD Place before Tucker Hume leveled the match in the 89th-minute to give Ottawa a share of the points.

Ottawa comes to Rochester without a win in their previous five matches. This is the first of a two-match trip on the road, where they have struggled heavily - only going 2-7-3, taking just 9 of a possible 36 points this season. The Fury go into tomorrow’s match vs. Rochester needing a win to keep themselves firmly in the playoff race.  

Ottawa is currently 12th in the USL Eastern Conference with a 7-9-9 record (30 points), sitting 5 points behind FC Cincinnati for the 8th and final playoff spot with just 7 matches to play.  

 

PLAYER TO WATCH

Steevan Dos Santos - Dos Santos is currently on a four-match scoring streak, the longest such streak in Ottawa Fury history. He leads the team with 7 goals, and must score in order for Ottawa to come away with a result.  Dos Santos spent the previous two seasons here in Rochester, helping the Rhinos to the 2015 USL Championship.

 

STRENGTHS

Discipline

The Fury has only been shown 37 yellow cards this season, tied for the second fewest in the entire USL.  However, Rochester is one of two USL teams (RGV FC) that has been in the notebook less, only seeing yellow 31 times.

 

Getting Shots Off

The Fury have had no problems getting their laces through the ball this season, currently 7th in the USL with 332 shots.

 

WEAKNESSES

Cold Streak

Ottawa hasn’t won any of their last five matches and just two of their last twelve.

 

Can’t Convert

While Rochester leads the USL converting all 7 of their penalty kicks, the Fury has been extremely lackluster converting from 12 yards… just going 2-for-5 this season.

 

Passing Difficulties

The Fury are tied for last in the entire USL (Colorado Springs Switchbacks), only connecting on 71% of their passes.