But none were as surprised as those at FC Edmonton headquarters. They thought they had a deal in place; if Jalali returned to Canada, he’d pledge his future to the Eddies.
But Whitecaps’ spokesman Brandon Timko said the club has confirmed that it was in the clear to bring Jalali into the fold.
Jalali, an Edmonton product and striker who scored for Canada at the 2011 U-17 World Cup, and his (former) agent struck a bargain with FC Edmonton last November. Jalali and another teen, Kianz Froese Gonzalez, joined FCE before they both left for January trials in Germany. Jalali was to head to Kaiserslautern, and Froese Gonzalez, who grew up in Manitoba but played for Cuba’s U-17 side, was to go to Mainz. Both worked with FCE’s first team with the understanding if there trials didn’t work out in Germany, that FCE would have first right of refusal on their North American rights.
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