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FC Edmonton makes Monsalve deal official

David Monsalve

FC Edmonton confirmed Tuesday that Canadian keeper David Monsalve has signed with the club.

Monsalve, who had been on trial with FCE for the past couple of weeks, announced the deal via Twitter on Friday.

Monsalve, who made one MLS appearance for Toronto FC in 2007 and also played for Finnish side FC Inter Turku is expected to back-up No. 1 keeper Rein Baart.

“It means a lot to have the opportunity to be back playing in Canada,” Monsalve said in a release issued by the club. “It’s always fun to share the field with old friends week in and week out. I’m hoping to get out there and be effective in order to help the team get results. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”
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Fort Lauderdale punctuates miserable road trip for FC Edmonton

Abe Thompson set up a goal, scored another

FC Edmonton debuted their old-is-new-again retro third kits, but couldn’t erase the demons that have been haunting this club throughout its winless road trip.

Just as it did in losses to Carolina and FC Tampa Bay, FC Edmonton started poorly, surrendering two goals to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in the first 29 minutes of the game. And, it led the way to a comprehensive 3-0 defeat.

FCE lost all three games on this now-completed road trip, and four in a row overall.
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FC Edmonton falls to third straight loss after end-to-end game in Tampa

Alex Semenets

In an entertaining, end-to-end match which saw both teams create their fair shares of scoring chances, FC Tampa Bay got a second-half goal from Shane Hill and an insurance marker from Pascal Millien to give the home side a 3 -1 win over FC Edmonton.

It’s the third straight loss for FC Edmonton, which has fallen from a comfortable second in the NASL standings right into the dogfight for playoff position in the middle of the league table.

After an eventful first half that saw the teams go into the dressing rooms at 1-1, FCTB took control at the 60-minute mark.

First, FCE keeper Rein Baart denied Millien with a fantastic leaping save, but the Eddies couldn’t deal with the ensuing corner kick. The scrambled ball fell to Hill, who hammered home a shot from the top of the box.
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FC Edmonton withers in the punishing Carolina heat

Pablo Campos: 2 goals

FC Edmonton would have been in tough against the Carolina RailHawks had they had to play in what we’d consider normal summer conditions.

But with the mercury at more than 100 F at kickoff, the combination of the Railhawks’ skill and the punishing heat was too much for the Eddies. Carolina capitalized on tired legs and defensive mistakes for a 4-1 game that wasn’t nearly as fast-paced as the score would indicate.

“We were only here for one day before the game,” said midfielder Shaun Saiko after the match. “It’s not something we’ve played in before, not something that we’re used to to. We practiced yesterday and it was tough. Still, it’s no excuse. Both teams have to play in this weather.”
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Ammar makes trip with FC Edmonton; Monsalve hurt in reserve game

Amateur-contract goalie Justin Ammar is still the back-up to veteran Rein Baart in the FC Edmonton net.

Ammar is leaving with the team Thursday as it begins a three-game road trip to the southeastern United States, which kicks off Saturday in a match against the NASL-best Carolina RailHawks.

Former Toronto FC keeper David Monsalve — who played in one league match and one friendly for the Reds in 2007 — is in the fold as a trialist, but tweaked his ankle in a reserve match Wednesday. The club had originally hoped to have the Monsalve situation sorted before the road trip, but, as of Thursday, there is no contract and the injury muddies things just a little.
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Former TFC keeper Monsalve expected to start FC Edmonton’s reserve match

David Monsalve

Former Toronto FC goalkeeper David Monsalve is expected to get the start when FC Edmonton’s reserves face the Green and Gold Wednesday.

If Monsalve, who made one MLS apperance for TFC in 2007 and also played for the Reds in a friendly against Aston Villa, impresses in his audition, he will likely stick with the team and go on the road when FC Edmonton faces Carolina on Saturday.

Monsalve, who has been on trial with FC Edmonton for the past week, also played for FC Inter Turku in Finland. He was a member of the Canadian team that went winless at the U-20 World Cup, hosted here in 2007, and has made one senior appearance for the national team.
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Mistakes all too costly as FC Edmonton shocked at home by FCTB

Rein Baart

Glaring errors from FC Edmonton were punished by FC Tampa Bay. But, make no mistake, the visitors were full value for a 2-1 win over the Eddies at Foote Field.

Even though Edmonton scored first on a great pass from Ilja Van Leerdam — making his FCE debut after being signed on Wednesday — to Kyle Porter, who chipped the finish over FCTB keeper Jeff Attinella, FCTB dominated the rest of the way.

In fact, FCTB was unlucky not to score more often.
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FC Edmonton rallies for draw with RailHawks in front of new signing Van Leerdam

Rein Baart... save of the season!

For FC Edmonton, it was a draw that felt like a win.

On a night that the team introduced new signing Ilja Van Leerdam to the Foote Field crowd, the Eddies, down to 10 men for most of the match, got a ridiculous save from Rein Baart to keep them in the game and then a late Shaun Saiko penalty to earn them a 1-1 draw with the Carolina RailHawks.

The RailHawks, top of the table in NASL, had beaten FCE in two previous encounters. But this battle between the two top teams in the league had a little bit of everything, giving Van Leerdam, who is eligible to play after the July 15 transfer window opens, a lot to see.
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FC Edmonton set to extend Ammar’s amateur contract

FC Edmonton will extend the amateur contract of goalkeeper Justin Ammar, so he can continue to apprentice during the club’s current netminding crisis.

Ammar is a St. Albert, Alta. native who came in and played the final 10 minutes in Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks after starting keeper Lance Parker left Foote Field in an ambulance after suffering a compound fracture to his right arm. Parker collided with RailHawks striker Etienne Barbara and fell awkwardly to the Foote Field artificial turf.

Parker was part of FC Edmonton’s stable of three goaltenders. Rein Baart, who has started the lion’s share of the games but has struggled at times this season, will now be the undisputed No. 1. He will likely start Wednesday when FCE hosts the Puerto Rico Islanders. Baart missed Friday’s match due to his second red-card suspension of the season.
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FCE’s Parker breaks arm in loss to Carolina

Lance Parker

FC Edmonton’s 1-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks was made all the more painful due to a serious injury suffered by keeper Lance Parker.

Parker was carried off a stretcher, right arm immobilized, to a waiting ambulance on the sidelines after colliding with Carolina striker Etienne Barbara and falling awkwardly to the hard Foote Field artificial surface.

Early word from the club is that Parker has a compound fracture of his right arm.

“It was a little gruesome,” said FC Edmonton defender Paul Hamilton. “It’s tough to see a teammate go down like that.”
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