Fury FC loses regular-season finale in last tuneup for USL playoffs

Charlotte's Ricardo Bocanegra (15) and Steven Thicot keep a close watch on Ottawa's Wal Fall during Saturday night's match. USL Championship/Charlotte Independence

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Independence 3, Fury FC 1

The Charlotte Independence took full advantage of a disqualification, scoring twice in the closing minutes to defeat Ottawa Fury FC 3-1 in a United Soccer League Championship match on Saturday night.

The defeat had no impact on Fury FC’s final placing, however, given that North Carolina FC clinched seventh in the Eastern Conference table on Saturday, improving to 16-10-8 with a 1-0 decision against Saint Louis FC.

Eighth-place Fury FC, which wrapped up the regular season with a 14-10-10 mark, will play host to a play-in contest against the Charleston Battery (11-10-13) at TD Place stadium on Wednesday at 7 p.m. The winner will advance to the conference quarterfinals.

Charlotte finished out of playoff contention in 13th spot at 9-14-11.

Fury FC goalkeeper Callum Irving kicks the ball back into play during Saturday’s contest against the Independence. USL Championship/Charlotte Independence

Dominic Oduro opened the scoring for the Independence in the 12th minute, but Hadji Barry got that one back for Fury FC in the 60th.

However, things took a serious turn for the worse for visiting Ottawa after Dakota Barnathan was shown yellow cards for fouls in the 81st and 83rd minutes, earning an expulsion from the contest.

Six minutes later, the Independence pulled ahead for good with a goal by Enzo Martinez from the centre of the box, and Martinez also scored an insurance marker four minutes into added time.

Charleston finished its regular-season schedule with a 5-1 triumph against Bethlehem Steel FC.


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