FC Edmonton chopped five players from the roster Saturday, including veterans Chris Kooy and Kenny Caceros. As well, while 2012 NASL Best XI defender Paul Hamilton was not part of the cuts, he is also not signed, either.
The team confirmed Saturday that Hamilton will remain at camp, but isn’t officially a member of the 2013 squad.
Hamilton’s situation is complicated: He comes in as an NASL Best XI player, but when FC brought in established defensive vets such as former Northern Irish U21 captain Albert Watson and Jamaican Lance Laing, there was competition for spots on the back line. When Colin Miller took over as head coach, he reverted every player in camp to “trialist” status, and there were more than a few raised eyebrows when Hamilton’s name didn’t appear on the list of the first 16 protected players, even though it included local Eddies Shaun Saiko and Antonio Rago. Now, with him not being cut but not being signed, it looks as if the ball is in Hamilton’s court in terms of deciding where he wants to take his career.
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