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Canadian midfielder Oppong returns to North America with Atlanta Silverbacks

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After spending the 2014 season as teammates at Finnish second division side AC Oulu, Canadians Dominic Oppong and David Monsalve both tried their luck in the NASL.

Monsalve, the former Toronto FC and FC Edmonton keeper, auditioned for the expansion Jacksonville Armada. But, in the end, the NASL side decided it was too risky to spend an international roster slot on the keeper. Monsalve moved onto Colombia, where he signed with America de Cali. (You’ll read more about this in the spring issue of Plastic Pitch magazine.)

But Oppong, a former FC Edmonton midfielder, caught on with the Atlanta Silverbacks. The NASL side announced the signing on Thursday.

“Dominic is the type of player that will fit in well with us,” Silverbacks coach Gary Smith said in a release. “He is an experienced defensive midfielder or center back and he knows the NASL well from his time with FC Edmonton.”

Oppong and Monsalve knew each other coming up as soccer players in the Greater Toronto Area, and both played under current York University coach Carmine Isacco. The duo were featured in Issue 3 of Plastic Pitch.

 

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One Comment

  1. johna anderson

    February 6, 2015 at 9:59 am

    there’s a simple solution to the ‘Shaun Saiko’ rule for canadians being recognized as internationals in the NASL when they should count as domestics. The NASL should grant teams an additional international roster spot for every Canadian player a team signs. Atlanta, San Antonio should be granted another international spot for Oppong, Cann. Does anyone think this a realistic solution with CSA? It allow the NASL to bring in more Canadian players and gen develop canadian players

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