Extreme Makeover: Ottawa Fury edition By Steven Sandor Posted on October 23, 2018 4 0 1,029 Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Jamar Dixon PHOTO: CANADA SOCCER/STEVE KINGSMAN After a USL season that saw the Ottawa Fury miss the playoffs and struggle to find the back of the net, the club announced that sweeping changes are being made. As of right now, there are only five players set to return for the 2019 season; Canadians Jamar Dixon, Nana Attakora and Maxim Tissot, plus imports Onua Obasi and Kevin Oliveira. Tissot is looking to come back from injuries that basically ruined his 2018 season. The team also announced Tuesday that it is in contract negotiations with five other Canadian players; Carl Haworth, Eddie Edward, Chris Mannella, Jeremy Gagnon-Lapare and keeper David Monsalve. Monsalve will be the only one of the three Fury keepers to return. Maxime Crepeau enjoyed a standout season for Ottawa, setting the league record for most clean sheets in a season. But even that wasn’t good enough to drag his team into the playoffs. But Crepeau was on loan from the Montreal Impact. The Fury confirmed that keeper Callum Irving will not be back. All of the players outside of the five returnees and those on the negotiation list won’t be back next season. That’s a total of 15 players off the roster, which also includes Canadian national-team defender David Edgar and domestic forward Daniel Haber. With 15 players released, that means Ottawa will be aggressive in the marketplace, looking for players. We’ll have to see how this impacts Canadian Premier League teams looking to sign players, as agents will know the Fury, which had previously announced its plans to remain in USL for at least the 2019 season, have a lot of holes to fill. Will players commit to CanPL or hold out for an offer, or at least some interest from Ottawa? But, critics of the Fury will no doubt note that if some of the team’s reasons for not joining the CanPL were to protect its roster and that it couldn’t possibly squeeze its 2018 roster of players into a projected CanPL salary cap, well, they’re going to note that the team just severed ties with 15 players on Tuesday, anyway. We’ll leave that for you all to argue about on the message boards.