It was a good day in Canada’s capital, when the Ottawa Fury FC / New York Cosmos game drew 14,593 fans — an NASL attendance record — at the TD Place opener.
Still, it was also a slightly disappointing day for Fury fans, as the Cosmos prevailed, 1-0, as Sebastian Guenzatti‘s first half goal was the margin of victory.
All in all, an NASL crowd of 14,000+ is a cause for celebration, and the TD Place opener showed surprising interest in soccer in Ottawa. From the Ottawa Citizen:
From the point of view of the fans, though, it was an exciting NASL debut at TD Place and one that gave them a clear indication of the quality of the soccer on display.
Certainly NASL commissioner Bill Peterson was bubbling over the show and quick to offer condolences.
“The match was fantastic,” he said. “It’s unfortunate the home team doesn’t get the result but they’re a great squad and they’re going to be trouble at the top of the table for others throughout the rest of this fall season. It’s going to be a good year for this team.”
Photo by Steve Kingsman, courtesy of Ottawa Fury FC.