3 p.m., Aug. 14)
native making an impact after signing with Ottawa Fury
By Fred Sherwin
Gloucester Hornet Jamar Dixon is thrilled
to be playing professional soccer in his hometown
after spaneding the past three years in Sweden
and Finland. File photo
Orléans native and former Gloucester Hornet Jamar
Dixon left Ottawa in pursuit of a professional soccer
career in in 2009, there were very few options open to
domestic born players. The North American Soccer League
had not yet been formed and a professional soccer team
in the nation's capital was but a pipe dream.
wasn't until the Ottawa Fury took to the field in 2014
after Ottawa was awarded an NASL franchise in 2011, that
the now 27-year-old started thinking that a return to
his hometown may be a possibility. In the meantime, he
spent four years living a bi-costal existence between
St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia and the Victoria
Highlanders in B.C., before signing his first professional
contract with a fourth division club in Sweden in 2013.
2014, he signed with a second division team in Finland,
and a year later transferred to the first division club
FF Jarro where he has spent the last two seasons.
Ottawa Fury has apparently had their eye on Dixon and
several other Ottawa born players for quite awhile, but
it wasn't until he made his debut with the national team
in February, that they actively began to try and acquire
his playing rights. Those efforts resulted in his signing
with the team on July 20.
has always been a dream to play for a professional team
in my city and Im excited to get started,
Dixon said at the time.
one was more excited about his signing with the Fury than
his mother and former Hornets coach Jacquie Dixon.
great having him here and watching him play in person
rather than watching the games streamed on a computer
screen. It's also nice to see his friends come out to
see his games including some of the guys he used to play
with when he was 12 and 13 years old with the Hornets."
has played in four games so far for the Fury, including
Saturday's rain-soaked loss to the Jacksonville Armada
where he was substituted on in the 76th minute. A defender
by trade, Dixon can play either in the middle or on the
outside. His passing accuracy is over 78 per cent and
he's won all nine of the nine tackles he's attempted so
for playing in his hometown in front of his friends and
family, Dixon couldn't be more thrilled.
far it's been fantastic," says Dixon who commutes
to TD Place from his home in the south end while mixing
in the occasional side trip to his favourite Jamaican
restaurant in Vanier. "There's
nothing like home."
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