Saint Louis FC plays Ottawa Fury tomorrow in a match for week 25 of the United Soccer League. This is the first match between these two teams this season due to the postponement of the May 4th match in Fenton, MO due to flooding in the area. Saint Louis and Ottawa will play twice in the next ten days and Ottawa will have a say in Saint Louis’ fate this season.
Ottawa is currently 8th in the eastern conference with 9 wins, 4 losses and 9 ties. It has 6 wins, 1 loss and 4 ties at home. Last weekend, Ottawa visited and beat Loudon United 3-1. During its last 5 matches, Ottawa won 2, lost 1 and tied 2. The two ties were at home against Louisville City FC and Birmingham Legion. The notable players in Ottawa are son Carl Haworth y Christiano François with 7 goals and 5 assist each y Wal Fall with 7 goals y 3 assist. This will be Fall’s first match against its former team after his good campaign with Saint Louis last year.
Saint Louis arrives to this match with a 4-match winless streak and only one win in its last 14 matches including a streak of 7 losses in away matches. Audi Jepson, Albert Dikwa, Joaquín Rivas y Matt Thomas are still recovering from injuries and will not be available against Ottawa. Guy Abend will be available for selection after recovering from injury. It will be interesting to see if Anthony Pulis makes changes to the starting eleven. Masta Kacher showed good things in his first two games but hasn’t played much recently. Tyler Blackwood has practiced more with the team after joining the club and could be another attacking option for a team that has struggled in the scoring department. Bradley Kandem Fewo could come back after not being available in the last match due to tactical decisions.
Saint Louis has 12 matches left to get into postseason positions. All the matches left will be finals and it would be good to get at least a tie in Ottawa to end the bad away streak and to come home with confidence to prepare the series of three home games the team will play next.