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Canadian forward Michael Cox to leave FC Edmonton, explore other playing options

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Canadian striker Michael Cox could not come to terms with FC Edmonton on a new deal and will look for other opportunities in 2014.

The team made the announcement Friday afternoon.

Cox scored three times in NASL play this season. His campaign was cut short thanks to an MCL injury he suffered Sept. 15 after colliding with Fort Lauderdale Strikers’ keeper Richard Sanchez.

“Michael Cox has played hard for FC Edmonton over the past three years, and he has gathered his share of followers here in Edmonton,” said FCE General Manager Rod Proudfoot. “He is a fine young man and we sincerely wish him the best of luck in following his dream.”

Coach Colin Miller said that the team would be making some announcements about player movement in the next month or so. The Eddies have two games left on the schedule, at home to Tampa on Sunday and then on the road to Fort Lauderdale the following weekend.

“I want to thank the owner, Tom Fath, for giving me an opportunity, the coaching staff that has helped me develop over the years and the great support from the fans,” Cox said in the same release. “I wish FC Edmonton all the best in the future.”

Cox scored 10 times in 50 appearances for the Eddies, and was named the NASL player of the week for a two-goal performance against Atlanta in the spring season.

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6 Comments

  1. John Anderson

    July 14, 2015 at 1:26 pm

    where is he playing anyone?

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  2. John anderson

    October 27, 2013 at 5:47 pm

    i think both Shaun and Michael Cox are gonna try their chances in Europe. That’s why they didn’t resign.

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  3. James

    October 27, 2013 at 5:08 pm

    Can’t blame him. He needs to be in a better environment.
    Miller is a cancer.
    Cox just reeks of potential. I thought that about him from day one. I remember him netting 5 as a 17 year old against Spokane, I believe, back that Lodeweges season. I thought the 2012 season was very nearly his break out year… A big strong, hard, speedy forward with some skill with the ball at his feet. He has always had that killer instinct around the net too. He’s been wasted this year, as most of our hometown talent has. Miller has successfully rid himself of our most creative and talented player in Saiko, One of the best defenders in the league in Hamilton and now Cox… Somedody else mentioned this before but Rago must be looking over his shoulder all the time.
    Colin Miller doesn’t generally last more than a single season at the helm, anywhere he’s been… Please let that be the case here too.
    Good Luck, Michael Cox. You’ve always got a fan base here in Edmonton, no matter where you end up. (Ottawa is a very pretty city)

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  4. footy

    October 26, 2013 at 6:22 am

    I dunno left back, between the lines I read that he wants a better contract and FCE is unwilling or unable to give it to him. You know, that happens in pro sports. I don’t have a problem with shipping local players, but only if other local talents get a chance.

    To be honest a change of environment (coaches!) could benefit his development. I’ve always thought he wasn’t used in the right way by Miller anyway.

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  5. left back

    October 25, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    That is too bad really. I liked his work ethic and he looked like he was rounding into form before he got injured in Sept.

    One recurring theme with the release of Michael is local grown Alberta talent being moved on. As an Edmontonian and Albertan i am starting to get really tired of CM showing our good young players the door. Add Michael to the list after – Shaun Saiko and Paul Hamilton. All 3 of them are young and have proven they can play in this league and at times be stars in this league. Paul has done great in Carolina and is obviously thankful for getting out.

    Colin really has to re think his committment to the development of local products to make this team work in Edmonton. If CM doesn’t want to commit to our boys there should be no reason to commit to him. Show Colin the door… he has officially lost the plot. NO ONE CARES ABOUT THE PLAYERS HE IS BRINGING IN.

    Colin looks for players who are big and strong. Actually playing the game of football in terms of skill, vision and creativity is not in his playbook. He played the game like a plunker so that is what he knows. No wonder they can’t score goals… they don’t have players who can pass the ball.

    Funny enough any player that has offensive talent… like Shaun Saiko – he can score goals and so can Michael.. he is moving them along.

    I hope Shaun and Michael show up in Ottawa and bang in the goals against EFC next year.

    Antonio… dust off the resume… as a local boy… your fate is sealed.

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  6. Marcus

    October 25, 2013 at 9:19 pm

    That sucks!

    Reply

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