- 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.
If there’s a word that best describes Canadian soccer right now, it’s “repatriation.”
We saw another example of it Wednesday, as the Ottawa Fury announced the signing of 27-year-old midfielder and Ottawa native Jamar Dixon. He had been playing in Finland for FF Jaro, but said in the team’s release that he was thrilled to come back home.
“I’m happy to be a part of Ottawa Fury FC. This has always been a dream to play for a professional team in my city and I’m excited to get started,” said Dixon. “Hopefully this move will also give me more exposure for the national team. At this point in my career, I think it’s a positive move and a great step to be playing back home, especially in the NASL which is growing so quickly.”
Dixon is just part of a growing trend of Canadians who are deciding that home soil is the best place for them to be. Dixon, who got his first national-team call-up earlier this year, is the newest member of the “come back to Canada club.”
So, far, what we have seen this 2016:
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