FC Edmonton has brought in two midfielders, American Pablo Cruz and Brazilian Thiago de Freitas.
Both were on hand at FCE’s south-side headquarters Thursday as they were unveiled to the media. Cruz — who has played in NASL for the Atlanta Silverbacks and the San Antonio Scorpions — has long been admired by FCE head coach Colin Miller. Thiago is expected to help FCE in the possession department, as giveaways were a massive problem for the team in the spring season, and contributed to the Eddies’ league-worst defensive record.
“We gave away the ball far too easily, far too often,” Miller said.
As for Cruz, Miller called him a “game changer,” a player he wanted make an Eddie as far back as two years ago. He said Cruz will help mitigate the loss of Lance Laing, who is tied for the team lead in goals and leads the team in assists. Laing will likely be on Gold Cup duty with Jamaica when the NASL fall season begins in early July.
“His first thought is to go forward; he enjoys running at people,” Miller said of Cruz.
Cruz said he’s wanted to come to Edmonton for a while. “But, for different reasons, it didn’t work out before,” he said. “But I am happy to be here now.”
Thiago flew in from Rio de Janeiro two days ago. He most recently played for Greek second division side AOT Alimos. He also has played for Israeli side Hapoel Ironi Rishon Lezion FC, and previously played in the Hungarian league for Vasas.
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