Archive for April 2nd, 2012

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FC Edmonton will not challenge Whitecaps’ signing of Jalali

Sadi Jalali

Sadi Jalali’s appearance this past weekend for the Vancouver Whitecaps Residency surprised more than a few Canadian soccer fans.

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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FC Edmonton falls to Minnesota in final preseason match

John Smits

The NASL champs handed FC Edmonton its first loss of the preseason Monday.

Playing their final tuneup match before Saturday’s NASL curtain raiser in Fort Lauderdale, FC Edmonton lost 2-0 on the road to the Minnesota Stars.

But, as a caveat, while it’s Edmonton’s first loss of the preseason, Monday’s matchup in Minnesota marked the first time the Eddies had faced another NASL side in the exhibition campaign.

Simone Bracalello gave the Stars the halftime lead with a volleyed goal, while new signing Kevin Vegenas headed home a late insurance goal.
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Thierry Henry wins MLS weekly honour for the second time in a row

Thierry Henry

For the second time in a row, Thierry Henry is the MLS Player of the Week.

The New York Red Bulls’ striker scored three times against the Montreal Impact Saturday, leading his team to a 5-2 win. Over the last two weeks, Henry has found the net five times. And, he spoke to the team at halftime of the Impact game; with the score tied 2-2, the French great urged his team to do better. Guess he likes to lead by example, as it was his play that spurred the Red Bulls to life.

Henry will have to score a lot this season if the Red Bulls, whose suspect defence was again exposed, are to be beasts in the East.

The Red Bulls’ most famous Designated Player capture 21 of 25 first-place votes among the membership of the North American Soccer Reporters, so it wasn’t even close.
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