Home NASL & USL Ottawa Fury JDG’s Fury signing official just a week after he confirmed his NASL interest

JDG’s Fury signing official just a week after he confirmed his NASL interest


That didn’t take long.

Last Friday, at a publicity appearance at the West Edmonton Mall, Canadian national-team veteran Julian de Guzman made it public that he was looking at offers from a couple of NASL clubs. (CLICK HERE)

By the middle of this week, the Ottawa Fury hinted that the club would be making a major player-signing announcement — and that said player was a prominent Canadian.

On Friday, a week after JDG’s WEM declaration, it’s official. The Canadian midfielder will play for the Fury in 2015.

And what can we take from this? First, that the West Edmonton Mall is now a legitimate spot for sniffing out soccer scoops. Please, Canadian Soccer Association; have more events at the Mall. But it proves that, as a journalist, you never know when news will come your way. Last week, the scoop came in a store that’s maybe 100 yards from a pirate ship and less than a three-minute walk to a massive indoor waterpark.

deGuzman_closeSeriously, though: Canadian NASL supporters have bemoaned national-team coach Benito Floro’s seemingly stubborn refusal to bring players from this league onto the squad; he’s skipped over a number of worthy FC Edmonton and Fury candidates and has called players in from League1 Ontario, USL and European leagues or divisions that aren’t exactly top-flight.

We can hope that, by having one of his most respected veterans sign in NASL, Floro will now be more or less forced to consider the league’s Canadian talent more seriously. Maybe this will be the signpost signing needed to showcase the league to the people who make roster decision for the men’s national side.

If anything, it should force Canadian soccer officials to watch more NASL game tape; and that could benefit Kyle Porter, Nana Attakora, Eddie Edward, John Smith, Mason Trafford and Drew Beckie (plus more).

Now, if you’ll excuse me. I’m heading to the Mall. I hear there might be some soccer news happening near the Simons entrance.


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  1. yankiboy

    March 31, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Steedman, maximum respect but that was 30 years ago and a completely different NASL and soccer reality.

    I would like to see more Canucks at he (current) NASL level get opportunities from he current gentleman in charge because I believe that they have something to offer.

    Kyle Porter, for one. I’m not so sure that we’ve seen his best. I think that he’s got productive another run left which will help him play at a higher level again. It’s still a bit bewildering to me why he didn’t latch on with another MLS club or find a different opportunity to play outside of Canada or the States at least a level comparable to MLS.

    But that’s just me…

  2. Steedman

    March 29, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    I know that we have higher end talent spread out in other leagues, but the only World Cup appearance Canada had, was full of players in the NASL

  3. James

    March 28, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Nice grab for the Fury. I was hoping, because of his visit to the Mall, that he was gonna be FCE but I’m happy he’s back playing in Canada. I hope JDG has a great year. Welcome home.

  4. Kahkakew Yawassanay

    March 27, 2015 at 8:43 pm

    JDG is a has been, washed up over the hill over hyped and over paid player ever since TFC made the mistake of sgning him as a DP. NASL a and MLS players ae not good enough for any national team selection and this signing wastes a roster spot for the fury. NASL and MLS clubs need to stop worrying about Canadian immigrants on their rosters and sign the best players available which certainly is not JDG by a long stretch,,….what’s next, signing De Ro? One reason the game has not improved is the bias and ignorance of media that criticize the MNT manager who is making efforts to move past has beens and marginal players as call ups and focus on players that have the potential for development which in Canada is a very small number hence why Floro has had to use De Ro and JDG both who should have retired years ago

  5. left back

    March 27, 2015 at 7:24 pm

    Steve….. with all due respect to the man (JDG)…. he was a great player. His resume is better than 99% of all Canadians ever to lace up a pair of boots… so massive respect to the lad…. but the days of Deportivo and La liga are long gone… he struggled at TFC… was shown the door quickly as an overpriced player at FC Dallas and his short stints playing lower tiered European leagues were a money grab at best…. with his smaller stature he needs to be very quick and very fit… but age catches up… fitness levels, sharpness and that compete level taper off… he thinks the game well and has good technical ability but… he just can’t get there anymore… the fact that he is with the National team still… simply a reflection of the lack of depth in Canadian soccer… which is sad.

    Hopefully he has a great year in the NASL…. maybe he will put some bums in the seats for home games and will be a good ambassador for the Fury… but at 34?…. maybe time to think about coaching badges if he still wants to be involved in the game? I think so….

    As for Benito Floro looking to the NASL for national team players…. not sure about that… Jurgen Klinsmen proved MLS players can play in the World cup (when they have a great coach)… so hopefully Benito.. and Canadian players strive to get into that league… i still see the NASL as a developing league with no proven pedigree… my opinion.

    Thanks for the article and all the best to JDG this outdoor year.

    • [email protected]

      March 28, 2015 at 1:16 am

      It could be more to do with Toronto than the player; this is a team that has had so many issues, far too many to count.

    • Soccer Fan

      March 30, 2015 at 10:35 pm

      Jurgen Klinsmen also has recognized the rising quality of play in the NASL and has consistently picked NASL player Miguel Ibarra for the USMNT the last few games.

  6. Rango

    March 27, 2015 at 5:38 pm

    I wonder if he has custody rights to bring his kids over with him this time around. I remember that absence from his children in Germany as being his reason for not re-upping with Dallas (or, at least for not re-signing for what that club was offering him at the time).

    I’ve got a feeling he might end up spending more time on the training room table than on the pitch, but hopefully he has a good conclusion to his career.

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