Fury shoot high in 2005

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 7:01 AM ET

The Ottawa Fury is looking out for No. 1 this season.

After two years as the bridesmaids in the USL W-League -- including a third-place finish last year -- the Fury is determined to win a championship as it prepares to open the season Sunday in Sudbury.

With assistant Joel Rosas taking over the head coaching job, the Fury believes it's added enough talent to put the club over the top.

"I don't know if there's anything we have to do differently because we've had good success through the last two years," midfielder Kelly Parker, the W-League's MVP last season, said yesterday.

'GOOD SYSTEM'

"We haven't made many changes and we've been close in the past," she said. "We've got a good system in place and we just have to keep doing the things that have made us successful. We just have to make sure that we approach every game like it's a championship game and that should help us get the job done."

The Fury is excited to have added defender Marie-Eve Nault from the Montreal Xtreme along with 18-year-old midfielder Veronique Maranda. Midfielder Carmelina Moscato from the Vancouver Whitecaps is also highly touted.

TALENTED TEAM

"With all this talent, winning is an obvious thing," said Rosas. "We're just going to try to do more of the same of what we've done in the past.

"We've just got to make sure we play the way that we're capable of playing every night."

The Fury also has a men's squad in the Professional Development League this season.

New coach Colin McCurdy has a simple goal for the inaugural year: Make the playoffs and then see what happens.

"The lineup is going to be made up more of local players," said Fury owner/CEO John Pugh. "We wanted to have a team play in the PDL and give these players an opportunity to develop their skills."

The men open their season Saturday against Westchester at Keith Harris Stadium (6 p.m.).


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