FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller knows that he doesn’t have to repeat the same messages. He doesn’t have to get angry during training.
After all, his players are professionals; they fully understand just how sluggish they’ve been at the start of their first two games of the NASL campaign. In week one, at Jacksonville the Eddies gave up a goal 12 seconds in and three in total in the first half. In last weekend’s 1-1 draw with Carolina, the Eddies gave up three golden scoring chances in the first 15 minutes, only to be bailed out by the heroics of keeper Matt Van Oekel.
“We need to start brighter,” Miller said after FCE’s morning training session at Clarke Stadium Thursday. “We can’t hammer on it, though, or else players will be uptight.”
The Eddies host the new-look Fort Lauderdale Strikers on Sunday.
And, with just one point out of their first two games in the spring season, one could argue that the match against the Strikers is a must win. After all, once the game against the Strikers is done, there will only be seven left in the spring schedule. The winner of the 10-game spring session and 20-game fall session will be guaranteed the top two seeds in the NASL postseason, with the next best two overall teams getting the three and four seeds.
But Miller doesn’t see a need to panic. He sees the NASL slate as a full schedule, and wants the Eddies to be near or at the top of the overall standings come November.
“I see it as there are 28 games left to go. However they want to dress it [spring/fall season split], it means nothing to me.”
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