Archive for March 2nd, 2013

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Caceros, Kooy let go by FC Edmonton: Hamilton’s future with club still unclear

Chris Kooy

Chris Kooy

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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TFC, Whitecaps feel last minute signings won’t make big differences Saturday

Ryan Nelsen

Ryan Nelsen

Big upheaval? Who cares?

Toronto FC may be ringing in the changes of late with a slew of offseason moves, including five signings just one day before the beginning of the 2013 Major League Soccer campaign, but neither that club nor the Vancouver Whitecaps seemed bothered by the last-minute adjustments after their final training sessions on Friday at BC Place.

Toronto’s last day signings include attackers Robert Earnshaw, Ashton Bennett and Taylor Morgan, and midfielders Jonathan Osorio and Darel Russell.

Earnshaw, 31, headlines the pack – the Welshman has starred for the likes of Cardiff City, West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City, Derby County and Nottingham Forest in England’s top two tiers.

Russell, 32, also has experience in England – although mainly in England’s second and third tiers.
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