The inaugural win for Loudoun United FC again proved elusive Saturday as the team lost to Ottawa Fury FC by a score of 2-0.
The Fury dominated the match with a 61.5 percent time of possession, 18 shots and seven shots on goal. United goal keeper Earl Edwards recorded five saves, but the Fury scored one goal in each half of the match.
“I thought the first half we could have been stronger, it wasn’t one of our better halves of soccer,” said Loudoun United FC head coach Richie Williams. “The wind was very strong out there today and it was difficult for us to play. You could tell we were more effective when we played more direct than behind them which was a factor that impacted us in the first half. I thought our competitiveness could have been a little bit better in the first half but where we lacked in the first half we made improvements on in the second half. We continued to play our game and started to create some chances, we had some better possession and kept battling until the end.”
Forward Connor Presley said the team continues to improve. “I thought the second half we came out and we played well. We had some good combinations and created some chances as a team. There are always things to improve on while we are still getting used to playing with each other. We need to focus and practice hard this week to be ready for our next match.”
Williams said more of the team’s young players are gaining valuable playing time.Saturday’s match marked the professional debut of Byrang Kayo and Jack Villatoro. Brennen Conger and Justus Akinlosotu also made Loudoun United’s 18-man roster for the first time.
“We had seven or eight young guys with us today, and that is only going to help with their development by getting them more and more experience. This time we had Jack Villatoro and Bryang Kayo come into the match in the second half and gain valuable experience. I thought they came in and did a really great job for us for their first appearance. We have other young guys that are getting a full 90 minutes of professional experience as well,” he said. “The way our team is structured, there are always going to be changes in our lineup, but we have to be able to adapt and it is great to be able to get these young guys this professional experience. We will continue to improve, develop and get ourselves organized for next week against New York.”
Loudoun United (0-2-2) next plays Saturday against the New York Red Bulls II (3-1-0) in a 1 p.m. game at MSU Soccer Park. The Red Bulls are in fourth place in the USL Championship Eastern Division. Loudoun United sits 15thamong the 18 teams in the division.