Ottawa's soccer scene just got a lot hotter. The Fury have not only announced the hiring of full-time technical director Colin McCurdy, but will also field a new men's team in the United Soccer League's Premier Development League beginning in the 2005 season.
The 26-player squad will include three under-19 players. A maximum of eight players can be over the age of 23.
The team should offer an opportunity for talented Ottawa players to showcase their skills.
"We expect quite a lot of homegrown players on our squad,'' Fury owner John Pugh said. ''We have a lot of players in Eastern Ontario and Northern Quebec who have not had the chance to play at this level."
McCurdy, a Northern Irish international, has played on such teams as the English side Fulham and the Philadelphia Fury of the North American Soccer League. He has also coached pro clubs in Europe and youth teams in North America.
McCurdy believes the Fury will be able to draw from a large talent pool in the Ottawa area.
"When I first (arrived in Ottawa), I saw a vast array of talent and couldn't understand why they weren't being noticed,'' he said.
''This new men's team, much like the W-League team, will give young players the opportunity to play at a higher level."