FC Edmonton announces more signings

Chris Nurse

FC Edmonton now has 16 players on its roster for the upcoming NASL season.

The team announced 16 “signings” on Monday, though that number includes five academy players — Mallan Roberts, Chris de Guise, Ajeej Sarkaria, Hanson Boakai and Sadi Jalali — who were officially promoted to the first team last week.

Also on the list are Northern Irishmen Albert Watson and Daryl Fordyce, who the club confirmed over the weekend were signed. The two left Linfield FC in order to come to Canada, and then enjoyed strong trials in Edmonton.

Ex-Carolina RailHawks midfielder and Guyanese national-teamer Chris Nurse joins Wes Knight, Neil Hlavaty and Lance Laing as NASL veterans the Eddies have brought in during the offseason in order to strengthen the squad. Also in camp, but not on the signed list, is Martin Nunez, who scored five times from midfield for the Minnesota Stars last season.

Hometown products Shaun Saiko, who led the team in scoring last season, and fullback Antonio Rago were officially placed on the list, but Alberta-born centre back and NASL Best XI member Paul Hamilton was not part of the 16. The fact that Hamilton wasn’t part of the list is a sign of just how hotly new FCE coach Colin Miller wants the players to compete for their jobs, as the team confirmed that there are no other outstanding issues with the defender.

As camp started in 2013, new FCE coach Miller decreed that all players would be declared “trialists” wiping the slate clean after the team finished the 2012 season at the bottom of the NASL standings under former coach Harry Sinkgraven.

FCE had originally stated that 17 players would be announced, but the understanding is that one player could not be confirmed as of Monday.

FC Edmonton Roster:

John Smits
Hometown: Mississauga, Ontario
Birthdate: September 7, 1988
Position: Goalkeeper

Lance Parker
Hometown: Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Birthdate: August 19, 1985
Position: Goalkeeper

Albert Watson
Hometown: Belfast, Northern Ireland
Birthdate: September 8, 1985
Position: Defender

Antonio Rago
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthdate: November 5, 1990
Position: Defender

Chris de Guise
Hometown: Montreal, Quebec
Birthdate: August 28, 1993
Position: Defender

David Proctor
Hometown: Bellshill, Scotland
Birthdate: May 4, 1984
Position: Defender

Lance Laing
Hometown: Trelawny Parish, Jamaica
Birthdate: February 28, 1988
Position: Defender

Mallan Roberts
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthdate: June 6, 1992
Position: Defender

Wesley Knight
Hometown: Easley, South Carolina
Birthdate: September 6, 1986
Position: Defender

Chris Nurse
Hometown: London, England
Birthdate: May 7, 1984
Position: Midfielder

Hanson Boakai
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthdate: October 28, 1996
Position: Midfielder

Neil Hlavaty
Hometown: Berwyn, Illinois
Birthdate: December 27, 1986
Position: Midfielder

Shaun Saiko
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthdate: November 13, 1989
Position: Midfielder

Ajeej Sarkaria
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthdate: February 7, 1995
Position: Forward

Daryl Fordyce
Hometown: Belfast Northern Ireland
Birthdate: January 2, 1987
Position: Forward

Sadi Jalali
Hometown: Edmonton, Alberta
Birthdate: June 6, 1995
Position: Forward

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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.