The New York Fury play their first round playoff game in the WPSL Elite League tonight at 5pm at Sahlen Stadium in Rochester, New York. The Fury finished in third place after posting a 2-0 win over Philadelphia and a 1-1 tie to Chicago last weekend. They will play the second place Western New York Flash.
The Fury finished their first season with a 9-3-2 record with 29 points giving them third place ahead of Chicago and behind the Flash and the Boston Breakers who finished in first place in the standings. The Flash finished with a 9-2-3 record after dropping their final league game to Boston 1-0, leaving them with 30 points, just ahead of the Fury.
“We are excited for an opportunity to play the three WPS clubs and being in this group is certainly a feather in the cap for our young franchise,” Fury Head Coach Paul Riley said referring to the three other teams that have made the WPSL Elite playoffs.
The Fury have played well against their first round opponent, which gives hope they will be able to move on to the championship game on Saturday. In the two regular season games between the Fury and the Flash, the Fury won the first game 1-0 on May 19th at Sahlen stadium. In their second meeting between the two teams, the final result was a 0-0 tie on June 3rd at Hofstra University.
Following the Fury game, the first place and fourth place teams, Chicago and Boston, will play at Sahlen Stadium at 8pm. The winner of both games will meet on Saturday at 1pm for the WPSL Elite League Championship.
Paul Riley coached the Philly Independence to back to back championship games in the WPS, only to lose both times. Fury fans are hoping he can break that trend this week and put the Fury not just in the championship, but bring that championship home to New York.