Wednesday, March 23, 2005
OTTAWA, ON -- The Ottawa Fury have added two Canadian international standouts to their roster with the announcement today of the signing of Marie-Eve Nault and Véronique Maranda for the 2005 season.
Nault, from Trois Rivieres, is making her return to Ottawa; she played with the Fury in 2003 before joining the Montreal Xtreme for the 2004 season. Maranda, from St. Lambert in Montreal, also joins the Fury from the Montreal Xtreme.
“We are delighted to add two such versatile international players to our squad for 2005”, said Fury Women Head Coach, Joel Rosas, “Marie-Eve is a very experienced defender who has proved that she is a standout player in the W-League while Maranda is a wonderful young Canadian talent who will add further strength to our midfield”.
A versatile player, Nault has made 8 appearances for Canada making her debut against China in the Four Nations Tournament in January 2004. The 23-year old midfield/defender played in all three games at the Four Nations Tournament in China and in all three games against Panama, Costa Rica and Mexico in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Tournament. She last played for Canada in a 1-0 loss against in the US in July 2004. Nault played 13 games for the Fury in 2003 and was one of the team’s most consistent performers in the Eastern Conference winning side. Last season, she played 12 games for the Montreal Xtreme, registering two goals and two assists. Marie-Eve played her varsity soccer at the University of Tennessee alongside fellow Fury player and Canadian international Rhian Wilkinson.
Just 18 years old, Véronique Maranda has already amassed 12 caps for Canada in addition to an additional 14 caps for the U19 squad. She made her full debut for the National team against England in May, 2003 and has become almost a permanent fixture in the national squad ever since playing all four games in the Four Nations Tournament in China where she scored her first goal for Canada in the 2-1 defeat against the host nation. Most recently, she was a leading member of the Canadian U19 squad which competed at the 2004 FIFA U-19 Women's World Championship in Thailand; Véronique played in all four games and scored two goals. Last season, she played with the Montreal Xtreme playing 10 games registering two goals and two assists.
The Fury open their W-League season on May 29th when they travel to face the Sudbury Canadians. The Fury who were 13-1-0 in 2004 regular season open their home slate on Sunday, June 5th when they host the two-time North American champions Boston Renegades at Keith Harris Stadium at 2:00 p.m. For ticket information visit the Fury web site at www.ottawafury.com