Fury hopes it has date with W-League destiny

ROB BRODIE -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 11:45 AM ET

An evening of firsts awaits the Ottawa Fury and Vancouver Whitecaps tonight.

The first all-Canadian W-League soccer final. The first-ever meeting between the Fury and Whitecaps. And, the Fury hopes, the first time its hoists the championship trophy in its fourth visit to the league's Final Four.

It should be quite the night at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C., one of the hallowed pitches in Canadian soccer. The Fury couldn't be more excited about it all.

"It's an amazing opportunity for us to showcase what our team can do," said Fury midfielder Carmelina Moscato. "We've been in this position before, but we're better prepared to deal with it than we've ever been.

"We know how it feels to be in a final and we know to win a (big) game. It's not just about tactics, it's not just about skill. Every team is skilled when you get to this point. It's a little bit of the heart and desire thing that will put us over the top."

Both sides were clear winners in Friday's semi-finals. The Fury dumped the Charlotte Lady Eagles 2-1, a result that flattered the Central Conference champions. The host Whitecaps, meanwhile, blasted the Seattle Sounders Saints 5-0.

Fitting, too, that a pair of sides built on Canadian talent would decide the W-League crown on home soil. Nine Fury players have combined to earn 124 national team caps, while the Whitecaps have 13 players with 400-plus international appearances.

"It think it speaks volumes (about Canadian women's soccer)," said Moscato. "About the only thing I can say is that it makes me proud."

The Whitecaps' top Canadian talent is Christine Sinclair, the NCAA women's athlete of the year who scored twice in Friday's win. Vancouver's roster also includes Tiffany Milbrett, who's netted 100 goals for the U.S. national team.

"I don't think they have many weak spots," said Moscato, 22, of Mississauga. "We're going to have to bring our top game."


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