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Fordyce’s brace gives FCE its second win of the fall season

RailHawk Paul Hamilton, left, challenges FCE's Daryl Fordyce. PHOTO: TONY LEWIS/FC EDMONTON

RailHawk Paul Hamilton, left, challenges FCE’s Daryl Fordyce. PHOTO: TONY LEWIS/FC EDMONTON

FC Edmonton began the post-Shaun Saiko era with its second win of the fall season.

Daryl Fordyce scored twice, pacing the Eddies to a 2-1 win over the Carolina RailHawks. The big winners out of the weekend? The New York Cosmos. With Carolina’s loss, the gap between the Cosmos and the RailHawks (tied for second place) is now seven points.

With the fall season winner going to the Soccer Bowl and no playoff structure, with four games left the NASL’s final weeks is looking more and more like a lame-duck stretch run.

The RailHawks followed a familiar pattern: Unbeatable at home but strugglers on the road. The Eddies had all of the real first-half chances. Before Fordyce scored the opener, he had a chance to put the Eddies ahead inside the 20-minute mark.

A Lance Laing free kick hit Carolina keeper Akira Fitzgerald in the midsection; the rebound spilled to the middle of the area, where Fordyce had an open net. But a fantastic last-ditch sliding challenge from RailHawk and former Toronto FC defender Julius James disrupted what looked like a gimme.
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After “shocking” series of flights to Carolina, FC Edmonton succumbs to RailHawks

FCE's Massimo Mirabelli, with ball at his feet, tries to move it past Carolina's Breiner Ortiz.

FCE’s Massimo Mirabelli, with ball at his feet, tries to move it past Carolina’s Breiner Ortiz.

It might just have been the most one-sided one-goal game in the history of the modern NASL.

After a two-hour lightning and rain delay, the host Carolina RailHawks kicked off the fall season with a 1-0 victory over FC Edmonton. But, in truth, the game should have been a blowout by the halftime whistle. Had the Railhawks even converted on a quarter of the chances they’d created, they would have made this a no-contest.

Instead, the RailHawks needed a diving 80th-minute save from keeper Akira Fitzgerald, who denied Eddies’ striker Michael Cox after the ball fell to him in the box after a Neil Hlavaty free kick.

The Eddies didn’t get to Cary, N.C. till 3 a.m. Saturday after a series of delays.

“It was a catalogue of disasters, it was a shocking trip,” FCE coach Colin Miller said of the trip “Finally, the rain delay set it right up for us to have the kind of first half we did. But I don’t want to make excuses, we set high standards at this club.

“That wasn’t just the worst first half I’ve seen this team play, but the worst first half I’ve seen in my life. I can’t describe what I said to the team at the half.”
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It could happen: A three-way tie at the top at the end of the NASL spring season

NASL_logo_previewFor the Carolina RailHawks, it wasn’t the result they wanted. For the NASL as a whole, the penultimate weekend of the spring season is going about as perfectly as it had hoped.

The RailHawks, including Canadian defender Paul Hamilton, knew that they’d clinch the NASL spring-season title with a week to spare if they beat Atlanta on Saturday. Instead, the RailHawks needed a last-gasp goal from Austin Da Luz to squeak out a 1-1 draw.

The RailHawks remain atop the table with the result. But, as of Saturday night, four of the league’s seven teams — Carolina, Atlanta, San Antonio and Minnesota — remain alive in the standings.

San Antonio thrashed Fort Lauderdale 4-1, allowing it to make up a good chunk of goal difference on Carolina. The Scorpions host the RailHawks next weekend.

And, this scenario is plausible. Let’s say Minnesota wins out — that is, it beats FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium Sunday and then Atlanta next weekend. Then, Canadian Kevin Harmse and the Scorpions beat the RailHawks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eddies eliminated from NASL spring-season race; Boakai makes pro debut at 16

Paul Hamilton, left, battles fellow Calgarian Michael Cox at Clarke Stadium. PHOTO: TONY LEWIS, FC EDMONTON

Paul Hamilton, left, battles fellow Calgarian Michael Cox at Clarke Stadium. PHOTO: TONY LEWIS, FC EDMONTON

The Carolina RailHawks really only had one outstanding scoring chance in Sunday’s match with FC Edmonton; but that was enough to eliminate the Eddies from the NASL spring-season race.

A 1-1 draw eliminated the Eddies from having any chance of finishing atop the NASL standings, with two games left to go in the spring season. And the draw kept the Atlanta Silverbacks in pole position, with the RailHawks a point back.

A late goal from Cesar Elizondo allowed the RailHawks to snatch the point — and the goal also saved Canadian central defender Paul Hamilton some blushes. Hamilton, the NASL Best XI defender who was cut by the Eddies earlier this year and was making his first return to Alberta, was victimized by FCE striker Michael Cox for the game’s opening goal.

“It was a lot harder to come back than I thought,” admitted Hamilton, who had 30 orange-clad family and friends at Clarke Stadium cheering him on. “There was a lot of emotion at the start of the game. I didn’t think I played very well.”
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Canadians in USOC: De Rosario, Hamilton enjoy great games

Dwayne De Rosario

Dwayne De Rosario

For Canadians Dwayne De Rosario and Paul Hamilton, Wednesday’s fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup saw them make important contributions as their clubs survived.

For Canadian Andres Arango, Wednesday represented the Open Cup end of the line.

De Rosario, who has struggled so far this MLS season and isn’t a sure starter with last-place D.C. United, was back in league-MVP form Wednesday. His hat trick was all that D.C. United needed to beat the Philadelphia Union by a 3-1 count. Two of De Rosario’s goals came from outside the penalty area, including a 40-yard lob to seal the game late.

Two weeks after his Carolina RailHawks knocked the Galaxy out of the U.S. Open Cup, Paul Hamilton and his NASL mates made it a sweep of of Los Angeles MLS sides. Hamilton played all 120 minutes at centre back as Carolina ousted Chivas 3-1 after extra time.
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Hamilton looking forward to Edmonton return, hopes for RailHawks run in USOC

Paul Hamilton

Paul Hamilton

Canadian defender Paul Hamilton is looking forward to a massive week of matches.

On Wednesday, his Carolina RailHawks face Chivas USA in the fourth round of the U.S. Open Cup, a chance for the NASL to claim another MLS scalp. And, on Sunday, the RailHawks look to consolidate their hold on the NASL’s top spot in the spring season table. To do that, Carolina will need to beat FC Edmonton at Clarke Stadium.

And, for Hamilton, it’s the chance to go back home to Alberta — and revisit the city where he spent his first two NASL seasons. Hamilton, who was named to the NASL Best XI last season, was cut out of training camp in 2013.

Hamilton is more focused on playing in front of family, friends and the Edmonton Supporters Group than thinking about revenge being a dish that is best served cold.

“I’m looking forward to getting a chance to play back in Edmonton,” Hamilton said via e-mail. “I had a few great years there, still have many friends on the team and within the organization. My wife, and also many friends and family are going to be at the game. So yes, there is a greater excitement around this game for me. The supporters were always very supportive of me, and I would say I had a good relationship with them. So I would think I would maybe get a warm reception before the game, but when the first whistle blows, I would say I am fair game for some razzing.”
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Canadians Arango, Hamilton part of U.S. Open Cup upsets

USOCCanadian defenders Paul Hamilton and Andres Arango can both claim MLS scalps after they both played roles in major U.S. Open Cup third-round upsets.

Hamilton, an NASL Best XI defender from last season, didn’t get the start for the Carolina RailHawks as they kicked off their match against the Los Angeles Galaxy on Wednesday in front of more than 8,000 fans in Cary, N.C. The Calgary native was still recovering from a concussion suffered in NASL play.

But, after the RailHawks took a 2-0 lead on goals from Austin Da Luz and Brian Shriver, the Calgary native and former FC Edmonton fan-favourite was called on in the 72nd minute to help the RailHawks preserve the lead. And, even though the Galaxy, led by recently-acquired and out-of-retirement midfielder Robbie Rogers, got a few dangerous crosses into the box, they couldn’t breach a defensive line marshaled by Hamilton and former Toronto FC draft pick Julius James.
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Miller: Seven points the target for FCE’s three-game road trip

Colin Miller

Colin Miller

FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller was happy to get a point on the road in the club’s NASL opener. But he wants more — a lot more — out of the team’s three-game road trip to start the season.

“Seven points, that’s the target I had set for myself,” said Miller Wednsday after the team’s training session in Sunrise, Fla. “That means we have little margin for error.”

The fact that Miller went into this road trip — which continues Saturday with a match against the Carolina RailHawks and concludes in two weekends with a date at the Metrodome with Minnesota United FC — wanting two wins and a draw shows just how much confidence he has in a team that’s lineup has been rebuilt from last year’s last-place finish.

After the 1-1 draw in Fort Lauderdale, the team remained in Florida, training at the same facility in Sunrise that’s often used by various Canadian national teams. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eddies settle for a point in 2013 NASL opener

Striker Rubens Pinheiro, left, tries to win the ball away from FCE's Wes Knight.

Striker Rubens Pinheiro, left, tries to win the ball away from FCE’s Wes Knight.

In his NASL coaching debut, Colin Miller had to settle for a draw.

David Foley’s laser beam of a shot allowed the host Fort Lauderdale Strikers to salvage a 1-1 with FC Edmonton in their NASL season opener.

And FCE coach Miller can only wonder what if — as a first-half strike from Neil Hlavaty and a late attempt from Shaun Saiko both found the woodwork.

Miller started a FCE lineup that featured only three players who were Eddies in 2012: Keeper Lance Parker, midfielder Saiko and Antonio Rago, moved up from fullback to the midfield for the beginning of the new season. It was a mix of old and new who combined for the goal. In the first half, Saiko floated a ball into the Strikers’ penalty area. There were three Eddies who made runs that caught the Strikers’ backline flatfooted. But it was Knight — the former Whitecap who spent last season in San Antonio — who got his head to the ball, giving Strikers’ keeper Matt Glaeser no chance.
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The Super-Duper NASL spring season preview

NASL_logo_previewThe 2012 NASL season ended with one of the most exciting finals that either MLS, NASL or USL has seen.

In the second leg of the final, the Tampa Bay Rowdies erased a two-goal first-leg deficit, then held on through extra time with only 10 men. The Rowdies then rode goalie Jeff Attinella as they beat the then-named Minnesota Stars in penalty kicks.

The Stars have changed their name to Minnesota United FC, and Attinella has left for MLS. NASL has now changed formats, and the two-leg finale is now history.

But, as we get ready for this weekend’s kickoff to the NASL spring season, the Rowdies and MUFC are the clear favourites to top the table. Under the new format, the team that wins the spring title will host the winner of the fall title in November’s Soccer Bowl. If the same team wins the spring and fall sessions, then the team with the next-best overall record will be the road team in the final.
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