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Ammar makes trip with FC Edmonton; Monsalve hurt in reserve game

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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.

Monsalve surrendered two goals to the Green and Gold side in the reserve match. And, while neither marker would be considered soft, Monsalve hurt his ankle on the second goal and had to be subbed out of the game.

Ammar was brought into the fold in June after former Chivas USA keeper Lance Parker, who was pushing Baart for the No. 1 job, fell awkwardly to the Foote Field turf in a match against Carolina and suffered a compound fracture of his right arm.

Jaswinder Gill, FC Edmonton’s No. 3 goalie, has missed pretty well the entire season so far with a back problem.

FC Edmonton lists only veteran defender Paul Matthijs (likely out for the season with a hernia) as the only non-goalkeeper on the injury list.

The weather forecast for Saturday in Cary, N.C. is calling for temperatures in the mid 30s and a chance of heavy thunderstorms.

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