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Fury pulls the plug on its W-League program

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In late July of 2012, after scoring late in regulation time to tie the championship game, the Ottawa Fury women’s side won the W-League title in the shootout.

Two years later, and the Fury’s W-League team is no more.

In a briefly worded statement, the Fury announced that it will no longer be fielding a team in the W-League.

“The Fury has been an elite W-League team for more than a decade and we are very proud of the incredible on-field success of our players and our teams,” said Fury FC President (and USL hall of famer) John Pugh in the release. “We thank the fans for their support and hope they enjoy watching the many players with Fury connections that will play in this summer’s FIFA Women’s World Cup.”

The team said that cutting the women’s team was a “business decision”

Since 2000, the Fury have won the second-most games in the W-League and are perennially a contender to go the league’s final four. Coach Dominic Oliveri has done a wonderful job in creating what was arguably the best women’s soccer program in North America outside of NWSL.

The Fury has been home to many women’s national-team players, such as Marie-Eve Nault, Kelly Parker, Christina Julien, Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson.

In 2014, notable Canadians Kadeisha Buchanan, Bryanna McCarthy, Christabel Oduro and Shelina Zadorsky spent time with the Fury.

 

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2 Comments

  1. Jyame

    December 3, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    Don’t be shocked if Toronto and Laval fold as well.

  2. DoyleG

    December 3, 2014 at 5:41 am

    Shouldn’t be surprising that the Fury folded. The LA Blues recently folded as well as the owners wanted to focus on the USL Pro.

    Can’t say that the NWSL is that stable either, but they draw away enough NA talent that there has to be a rethink on how women’s soccer works in NA.

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