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Newsletter Note:   Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 01:33

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PITMAN – When the Philadelphia Fury open their spring season don’t expect a different approach to the game just because the level of opponent had improved.

“Our objective has always been the same,” president and CEO Matt Driver said. “Long ago when we started this the goal was to open channels for American players to play at a higher level. That hasn’t changed.

“Right now, there is a lot of chaos in American soccer. We opened up this (ASL Challenge) for teams that don’t have an opportunity to play this spring. We have 13 games set up and the goal remains to increase our level of play and increase opportunities for American players.”

On Friday night at Rowan University, the Fury will host Penn FC of the USL at 6 p.m. The game is one of 13 for the Fury this season after they finished a perfect 20-0 -0 in the fall in taking the ASL title.

The Fury will again feature a team loaded with American-born players despite playing teams such as Penn FC, which have larger bankrolls and reside in the second highest league in the United States behind only the MLS.

“We played them in the preseason and to be honest they handed it to us,” Driver said. “But they agreed to come down and play as a part of our series. This is just a great opportunity for us.”

The fact is the Fury are building on their past success in hopes of increasing their level of competition and in turn, staying true to their top goal of giving their players a chance to move up in class and play not just in America but in leagues around the world and especially in Europe.

“Our hope was to move into the NASL next year,” Driver said. “Right now the NASL is not there.

“We were fortunate to get invited to Chattanooga (Tn.) as a part of an expo in which there were talks about merging team across the country into one league. We were invited as one of those 20 teams which is an honor for us.”

Of course that’s for next year and for now, the Fury have their hands full with a Penn FC team that will present a major challenge across the board for a Fury squad that is still coming together.

“I really didn’t know what to expect,” said center midfielder Connor Hurf, who was All-South Jersey at St. Augustine and later played for both Rutgers New Brunswick and Rutgers-Camden. “I had been coaching (for his own company and at Rutgers-Camden) and (Driver) told me to come back. I came in expecting very little but I quickly learned this is a high quality team and league.

“I’m fortunate that I live close by. It’s afforded me an opportunity to build my own skills both on the field and off it. We’re a nice club and Friday will be an opportunity for us to see how we match up with a bigger club.”

Understand one thing, the Fury won’t be satisfied to just be on the field with an organization that is competing in the Lamar Hunt US Open Cup. The concept has always been wins and losses don’t matter but the second the Fury take the field, they don’t want to be a pushover either.

“Oh I want to win every game I play,” Driver said. “We have a plan that we stick too. We have objectives as a club to build and help players reach higher levels.

“But every time I walk on that field I want to win.”



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