If you’re an FC Edmonton supporter, you can look at the glass as half full or half empty.
Half full: Thanks to the heroics of keeper Matt VanOekel, the Eddies were able to battle the Carolina RailHawks to a 1-1 draw in the first game of the 2015 NASL season at Clarke Stadium, a game that the home side in no way merited a point.
Half empty: For the second game in a row, the Eddies started very slow and gifted away chance after chance to the opposition, and have only one point to show from what most handicappers would have seen as two winnable games. A loss on the road to expansion Jacksonville followed by a draw at home to Carolina, a team that yielded nine goals in two losses to the Eddies at Clarke Stadium last season.
“It was as poor a half as I’ve seen since I’ve been here,” FCE Coach Colin Miller said of the Eddies’ first 45 minutes against the RailHawks. (Remember, the week before, the Eddies yielded three goals in the first half against Jacksonville, including a marker within 12 seconds. So, for Miller to say the half against Carolina was the worst he’s seen, well, that’s saying something.)
“It was very disappointing,” said Miller. “Not many players would get a passing grade today.”
“We deserved three points and didn’t get them,” said RailHawks coach Colin Clarke, who lamented a series of missed opportunities by his club.
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