The highest scoring team in NASL, Minnesota United, will visit and FC Edmonton team that’s on a two-game losing skid — and hasn’t scored in either of those defeats.
And, the Eddies will have a reconstructed midfield on display Sunday at Clarke Stadium. Left winger Lance Laing is on World Cup qualifying duty with Jamaica. Right winger Sainey Nyassi is with Gambia for an African Cup of Nations qualifier against Cameroon.
Eddies’ coach Colin Miller said that central midfielders Thiago de Freitas and Ritchie Jones are both doubtful for the Minnesota match — Jones suffered a thigh strain in last weekend’s loss to Atlanta, while de Freitas is nursing a bad hamstring.
There is some good news. Defender Mallan Roberts and midfielder Pablo Cruz — who had both been on the shelf — were training on Thursday, and both would be available for the Minnesota game.
“Well, that’s what they pay us [the coaching staff] for; we rejig things,” said Miller after Thursday’s training session at Clarke Field. “This club is about more than one player.
“But we’ve created a monster here, in terms of players getting call-ups to their national teams. It’s a situation we’ve never had to deal with before this season, but it’s also an honour for the club.”
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