Atlético Ottawa vs. York United – Game # 58 – Canadian Premier League
For the second game in a row – and the fourth time in their last five games in all competitions – York United is embroiled in an all-Ontario clash, as they head to TD Place to face Atlético Ottawa.
The two teams played in four-goal games last weekend. Diyaeddine Abzi scored the only goal for the Nine Stripes in a 3-1 905 Derby loss to Forge FC in Hamilton, while ten-man Ottawa drew 2-2 thanks to a 75th minute scored by Malcolm Shaw.
Ryan Telfer was the sent off for Ottawa in that game, receiving a yellow card for a bad tackle at the end of the first half, and being sent off moments later after the ensuing skirmish in midfield . Ottawa was already short of players, having named just four substitutes in this game as they continue to face injuries, and will be without one of their best forwards for the game against their former team.
These teams have met twice before: a 0-0 draw at the Island Games in 2020 and a 1-1 draw in Atlético’s second home game on August 18, just a few weeks ago. Alvaro Rivero scored the first goal for York, but with a few moments left in the game, Alberto Soto equalized to steal a point for the home side.
Three points on Wednesday would move Ottawa from 8th to 6th place, as their 12 points are two behind the HFX Wanderers and FC Edmonton above them. It would also leave them just two points behind fifth-placed York. A victory for the Nine Stripes would put them two points behind Valor FC in fourth – and a coveted playoff spot.
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3 THINGS TO LOOK FOR:
- Max Ferrari rewarded with contract extension after impressive first half of season: One of York United’s best players this season has been young midfielder Max Ferrari. Ferrari, who recently turned 21, has started all 14 York CPL games this season, playing over 1,100 minutes and showing his versatility in several offensive and defensive positions. He leads the team with three assists and has scored in both the CPL and the Canadian Championship in a breakout campaign. He was rewarded on Tuesday with a contract extension which sees the two sides commit to each other until 2024. “I think it’s huge,” his head coach said Tuesday afternoon. Jimmy Brennan. “Max is a local boy, he’s had a hell of a season so far, and you just tie him up because he deserves it.” He’s a great boy, eager to learn, and the way he plays is also the way he trains – every day he walks in, puts his head down, works hard and competes every day.
- Ottawa still lacks key players: Ottawa missed several key players in their last game against HFX Wanderers – with Drew Beckie, Chris Mannella, Milovan Kapor and Dylon Powley among those missing. Head coach Mista did not have an immediate update on the injuries of these players, but said he was counting on everyone to step up and try to score points despite the absences, saying “in right now, I need everyone “. Ryan Telfer is also out after being sent off against Halifax, and time will tell who is available to start tomorrow. Recent rookies Nyal Higgins and Myles Cornwall joined the baseline last time around, as did young goaltender Teodor Obadal – all players in contention for minutes on Wednesday as Ottawa’s depth is tested at an important point in the season. season.
- York can put pressure on Valor with a win: With a win, York United would drop two points to Valor for fourth and final playoff spot. York has a game in hand, so if they beat Ottawa and chain with three points in their next game, and Valor loses to Cavalry this weekend, York would jump to that coveted fourth place. Those are a lot of ifs, but it shows just how tight this playoff race is in the CPL and the need to thrive under pressure. “It’s huge for us,” Brennan said of Wednesday’s game. “We have to get a win tomorrow, get those three points. We’ll be right on their heels, and that’s what we want. Our goal is just to get as many points as possible, and obviously we lost the other day to Forge, we just need to get back on track with another big performance tomorrow.
ALL TIME SERIES
Atlético Ottawa win: 0 || York United win: 0 || Prints: 2
August 18, 2021 – Atlético Ottawa 1-1 York United
“York is a very competitive team, they have good quality players. We have to work a lot if we are to win this game. – Atlético Ottawa head coach Mista
“They’re at home, I expect them to take center stage and I expect the fans to push them forward. They miss [Ryan] Telfer, they also have a few injuries, so I’m not sure what the lineup will be exactly, but I think it’s going to be a good game tomorrow. – York United Head Coach Jimmy Brennan