After cruising to a win in their last competition in the U.S. Open Cup, the Harrisburg City Islanders will look to keep on a hot pace as they head to Canada to face Ottawa Fury FC on Saturday, June 10 at 7:30 p.m.
This is the first-ever meeting between the two clubs as it is Ottawa’s first season as a part of the USL after playing their first three years in the NASL.
Harrisburg has posted a 1-4-1 record away from FNB Field this season and a win for the team would be their first in seven games, giving them 13 points on the season to start the climb back up to playoff contention.
The absence of players like Cardel Benbow and Paul Wilson have forced the Islanders to find scoring from unusual players like Jake Bond, who tallied two goals in their last Open Cup match.
Bond, a defender, has not seen any action in league play yet this season. It’s hard to crack a backline that is comprised of Lee Nishanian, Tiago Calvano, Abass Mohammed and Shawn McLaws, but Bond’s recent scoring could be a reason to sneak on to the pitch in this next match.
Harrisburg’s offense has been stagnant and hope the three-goal outburst in Reading is a sign of good things to come.
Picking up points
Although the Islanders are experiencing a drought in wins, they have not experienced a drought in points. They have fought back in games and played great defense to draw even in four of their last seven matchups.
Harrisburg has only played 10 games on the season and has a few games in hand on the rest of the league to make up points in the standings.
If Harrisburg is able to string together some wins, they will start to position themselves to make a run for the playoffs at the end of the season where they have five home games in September alone.
Sizing up the opponent
Ottawa currently sits in 11th place with 13 points and have only lost one game in their last five matches including going undefeated in the last three games.
For scoring, the Fury boast a lineup of 10 different players who have tallied goals on the season. All scorers are led by Sito Seoane with three goals on the season, followed by three players with two goals.
On the defensive side of the pitch, Ottawa started off the season strong but has struggled as of late. In their last three games, the Fury have conceded seven goals including a stretch of two straight games where they allowed three goals in each.
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Harrisburg will continue their U.S. Open Cup play when they travel to PPL Park to take on the Philadelphia Union in the fourth round of the national competition on Wednesday, June 14 at 7 p.m.