Archive for February 15th, 2012

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FC Edmonton to make stadium announcement in early March

FC Edmonton fans will need to wait just a couple of more weeks before learning where the team will play its NASL home games in 2012

The team has confirmed that it is targeting the first week of March for a major announcement on its stadium plans for the upcoming season.

As reported by IMSoccer News (see here), NASL set a Feb. 15 deadline for the club to let the league know about its stadium plans. It is The 11’s understanding that FCE has satisfied that requirement, but that we shouldn’t expect the league to announce the stadium ahead of the team.
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Evan James’s goal highlights Impact’s preseason double-dip

Evan James

The Impact scored three goals Tuesday in its preseason match with the Los Angeles Galaxy, but a lot of the focus will be on the final marker of the trifecta.

Canadian Evan James rounded out the rout, converting a cross from Miguel Montano — who spent part of last season with the Impact in its final NASL season — to make the final score 3-0 Impact.

James, who played for both Oakville SC and Hamilton FC, was chosen as the top pick in the MLS supplemental draft. The University of North Carolina-Charlotte midfielder had an impressive combine and is clearly making his case to be the third Canadian on the Impact’s roster — as it is looking more and more likely that the Impact will be carrying the bare minimum of Canadian players allowed on the roster as per MLS rules. As of right now, goalkeeper Greg Sutton and midfielder Patrice Bernier, who started Tuesday against the Impact, are the only Canadians who have signed for the 2012 campaign.

The Impact’s camp became more crowded Tuesday, as the Impact announced the impending arrival of central defender Matteo Ferrari. With the oft-injured Nelson Rivas already hobbled by a groin issue, Ferrari, with over 200 games of Serie A experience, offers the club a veteran presence to marshal the back line.
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