FC Edmonton signs Sam Lam, Matthijs injured in friendly

FC Edmonton announced that it has signed Sam Lam, the former University of Alberta standout — and brother of Matt Lam, who returned to Japan this weekend to resume training with JEF United.

Sam Lam spent the winter with the Edmonton Drillers of the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League. He was an FCE target — in fact, he was encouraged by FCE to play in the CMISL this season, as he retained his eligibility as an amateur.

Matt Lam was sent to JEF United on a one-year loan deal, after a standout 2010 season of friendlies with FCE, which makes its NASL debut April 9 against the Fort Lauderdale strikers.

FCE wrapped up its preseason schedule this weekend with a 5-0 win over new PDL side, WSA Winnipeg. Trinidad and Tobago international Conrad Smith opened the scoring. The rest of the goals came from the team’s Canadian contingent; Chris Lemire, Alex Surprenant, Alex Semenets and John Jonke rounded out the scoring.

But coach Harry Sinkgraven will have a headache to deal with on the backline. Veteran Dutch centre back Paul Matthijs hurt his knee in the friendly and is out for at least a month. That means Jonke and former CIS player of the year Paul Hamilton will need to step up and fill the void left by the loss of the veteran.

FCE is expected to introduce its lineup to the media this week; on April 2, the team departs for Florida to begin a full week of preparations ahead of the opener against Fort Lauderdale.

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About Steven Sandor

I'm currently the colour commentator for FC Edmonton broadcasts on Sportsnet, NASL.com and TEAM 1260. I've covered the Toronto FC beat for four years, worked for the Edmonton Aviators of the USL for a season, covered the Edmonton Drillers of the NPSL and started covering Canadian World Cup qualifiers in 1996. I've covered the CONCACAF Champions League and the U-20 World Cup. I'm passionate about soccer in North America.