Archive for January 25th, 2012

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FC Edmonton unveils its first Residency products

A former Celta Vigo trialist is among the 11 local teens who were named to FC Edmonton’s Residency program.

The players were on hand at St. Joseph Composite High School, where they will attend school while they train and play for the reserve squad. Through the school’s individual self-directed learning program, the kids get core subjects in the morning, have study/consultation time and should be free to train by the early afternoon.

“I think this makes the city’s soccer scene a lot better,” said Juan Vergara, a projected left back/winger. Vergara was born in Colombia, came to Edmonton with his family when he was 11, and just returned to the city for FCE trials. He spent three months at Celta Vigo, but injuries hampered his progress with that club.
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Burnley cancels Eckersley’s contract, making way for TFC deal

English side Burnley released a statement Wednesday confirming that the club has cancelled the remainder of defender Richard Eckersley’s contract.

The cancellation of the deal would make it easy for Toronto FC to get Eckersley signed to a full-time MLS contract. The English defender took over at right back for the club after coming to MLS on loan from Burnley, where he never got the chance to play.

The cancellation of the deal would also allow MLS to avoid paying a transfer fee — something which the league has so far been loath to do in any case where a player isn’t a major star attraction.
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Chilean sources link Colo-Colo striker Yashir Pinto to FC Edmonton

Yashir Pinto

Colo-Colo product and former Chilean U-20 national-team striker Yashir Pinto has been linked to an FC Edmonton move by multiple sources.

But FCE would not confirm nor deny the reports on Tuesday evening. Pinto was not seen at recent training sessions and was not at FCE’s practice on Tuesday. He hasn’t updated his Twitter feed since last November.

A web page dedicated to Chilean footballers playing abroad has reported that Pinto will be on the move from Colo-Colo to FC Edmonton.

Soccerway, a player tracking site, has also switched Pinto’s team from Nublense, where he was on loan last season, to FC Edmonton. A check on Nublense’s 2012 roster does not show Pinto returning to the second-division Chilean club.
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