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Miller will give bad news to five FC Edmonton hopefuls on Saturday

FCE's Elvir Gigolaj, in white, in action against the U of A.

FCE’s Elvir Gigolaj, in white, in action against the U of A.

On Friday night, FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller and his staff will undertake the most unpleasant of their tasks; they will identify the final five players who will be cut from the team.

On Saturday, they’ll inform those players of their decisions. In the end, the team expects to have 26 players on the roster. Sixteen already have been signed. But included on that list bubble players are FC Edmonton vets such as 2012 NASL Best XI defender Paul Hamilton, midfielders Chris Kooy and Kenny Caceros, plus strikers Elvir Gigolaj and Michael Cox. As well, NASL vets like Canadian fullback Edson Edward and former Minnesota Stars attacking midfielder Martin Nunez will find out their fates.

“It’s not a nice situation,” said Miller after the first of the team’s two training sessions Friday at the Commonwealth Fieldhouse. “We’ve worked with these players for two weeks; it’s a situation where some of them have really got to liking the city… And I understand that these can be life-changing decisions for some of these players, both positively and negatively.”
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De Rosario suspended for first two games of MLS season

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario

D.C. United will be forced to begin the MLS season without its Canadian star.

The league announced Friday — and this was expected — that Dwayne De Rosario has been suspended for the first two games of the regular season. The suspension will include this weekend’s season opener, which sees DCU travel to Houston to face the Dynamo, the team which De Rosario led to a pair of MLS Cup victories

Last weekend, on the final day of the preseason Walt Disney World Pro Soccer Classic, De Rosario head butted Philadelphia’s Danny Cruz and was sent off. MLS has become more proactive about punishing players for violent conduct committed in preseason friendlies — and the league launched an investigation. Because the game wasn’t televised or streamed, the league needed time to put together exactly what had happened through eyewitness accounts, etc.
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