Archive for March 1st, 2011

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Four more Alberta players ink FC Edmonton deals

Antonio Rago

FC Edmonton has added four more Alberta-based players to its roster, bringing the number of signed players to 12 for the upcoming NASL season.

Chris Kooy, the former member of the USL Calgary Mustangs who captained FCE in its season of friendlies in 2010, has been confirmed to return.

Keeper Jaswinder Gill, a 2010 Canada West all-star with the University of Alberta, will be with the team, and will battle Dutch keeper Rein Baart for the starting job between the sticks.

Calgary’s Andre Duberry, who had trials with Scottish sides Peterhead and Livingstone back in 2008, is expected to compete for the starting job at right back.
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Great day for Canada, bad day for FIFA: We get the World Cup no one else wanted

FIFA has announced that Zimbabwe has withdrawn its bid for the 2015 Women’s World Cup, leaving Canada as the only bidder left.

Canada’s official bid book was presented to FIFA in mid-February. But, while it’s almost a certainty that FIFA will confirm the Canadian Soccer Association’s successful bid on March 3, Canada is not yet officially declared the host.

Canadian women’s national teamer Kaylyn Kyle couldn’t hide her excitement: “Canada will host the 2015 Womens World Cup!!” she tweeted, before the news of the Zimbabwe withdrawal had hit the newswires.
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On CONCACAF, Canada and the CCL: One-on-one with RSL’s Will Johnson

The11 caught up with Will Johnson at Rio Tinto Stadium in Sandy, Utah, in the midst of final preparations with Real Salt Lake for the final leg of their CONCACAF Champions League Quarterfinal matchup against the Columbus Crew. We asked Will about the rumors swirling that FIFA may be set to grant CONCACAF a fourth spot for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, and about Team Canada’s important summer this year in Gold Cup action.

The11: What are your thoughts on the potential for CONCACAF to get a fourth spot in the upcoming World Cup?

Johnson: That would be huge, but do be honest we have performed so poorly the last couple of times, that I don’t think we’ve even made it into the top six. Obviously it gives you a better chance, but there’s still a lot of work that we need to do. I’m excited about where things are at with Canada, but it still needs to be realized that we have a long way to go.
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Orlando City bullish on MLS future, while FC Edmonton content to build its brand

Orlando City has yet to play a regular-season game in its central Florida home, but the USL side is already talking about a move to Major League Soccer.

On its official Facebook page, the club has launched a new initiative by urging fans to buy tickets and to let family and friends know about the new soccer team. And the club has made it clear the end goal is to grow to the point where MLS can’t ignore the city.

“Want Orlando City to make it to MLS? Do your part by spreading the word about the club to all of your friends and family. The more we grow our fan base, the more our chances at expansion grow!” reads the site.
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FC Edmonton news: More players signed, some ticket info for NCC

Chris Lemire


Two more Albertans highlight the four signings FC Edmonton announced Monday.

The club, which is set to make its debut in the NASL and the Nutrilite Canadian Championship in 2011, has confirmed deals with Edmonton native Chris Lemire, Lethbridge, Alta. teenager Niko Saler, former Portland Timber Mutanda Kwesele and Dutch defender/midfielder Paul Matthijs.

These players spent time with FC Edmonton in 2010 as the club prepared for the 2011 season by playing a schedule of friendlies. But their contracts are being transferred to reflect that they now play in NASL. The process is coming along.
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