The most capped player in Canada’s Men’s National Team history and former Fury FC captain Julian de Guzman has announced that he will come out of retirement Wednesday to feature for Ottawa Fury FC when they host the MLS’ Montreal Impact in a friendly match at TD Place at 7 p.m. The former captain for Canada, who retired in January, will return to the pitch for the first time since July 30, 2016. Since retiring, de Guzman has remained with Ottawa Fury FC as the club’s assistant general manager and assistant coach.
“Julian is the greatest player to play for Canada, but never had that ‘last’ game for fans to say goodbye, so we approached Julian about the opportunity,” said Fury FC head coach Paul Dalglish.
“I was really touched when this opportunity was presented to me,” said de Guzman. “The hardest part about retiring was not having that ‘last’ game to thank the fans who have always been there supporting me throughout my career for club and country. This will be an exciting game for the fans. I’m looking forward to being back out on the pitch and I know that the guys are excited to test themselves against another MLS opponent.”
Fury FC, who entered into a year-long partnership with Montreal in December, will face the Impact for the first time in club history. Wednesday night’s friendly will mean all three Canadian MLS clubs have played against Fury FC at TD Place – Ottawa defeated the Vancouver Whitecaps 2-0 in June 2016 and this past year handed Toronto FC a 2-1 defeat on May 23, both in the semi-final round of the Canadian Championship.
The last friendly match to take place at TD Place was July 23, 2014 when Fury FC host Glasgow Rangers of the Scottish Premier League.
Following Wednesday’s friendly, Fury FC will host the Rochester Rhinos on July 15 at 2 p.m. in the first of four straight home matches.
Tickets for Wednesday friendly and all upcoming home games are available at OttawaFuryFC.com, by calling 613.232.6767 X1 or in person at The Box Office at TD Place.