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Chile reception: FC Edmonton’s Lance Laing off to Copa America


FC Edmonton left winger Lance Laing will be heading to South America.

He was named as part of the final 23-man Jamaican roster for the 2015 Copa America. Jamaica has indicated that this roster will also be in place for the upcoming Gold Cup.

In Chile, Laing’s Jamaican side is in a group with Paraguay, Uruguay and some other left-footed superstar named Messi and his Argentine teammates.

FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller has indicated that preliminary indications were positive that Laing could remain with his NASL side through to this coming weekend’s game against the Tampa Bay Rowdies. Laing will miss the final game of the spring season, against the Indy Eleven.

If Laing joins the Jamaican national side for the Gold Cup, he will be miss much of FCE’s July schedule — how many games will depend on how far Jamaica goes in the Gold Cup.

Laing has established himself as the best left-sided player in NASL; combining speed with arguably the best crossing ability of any player in the league. He has also scored twice this year on vicious free kicks.

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  1. Jeremy

    June 3, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    Who do you think gets his minutes? TIme for Boakai to finally become a starter?

    • Steven Sandor

      June 3, 2015 at 2:10 pm

      If you look at the Jamaican midfield, it’s very short on naturally left-footed players. To me, it’s a question if you want Laing, a natural left foot, on left side, or a right-footed player out there.

      • Jeremy

        June 4, 2015 at 10:23 am

        I meant fills in his spot for FC Edmonton

        • Steven Sandor

          June 4, 2015 at 10:28 am

          Johann Smith’s footspeed might get him a look; maybe Nyassi goes to left side and Nonni can go in at the right. Boakai has the left foot, as well. But Miller has said in the past that he doesn’t mind the idea of using the left-footed player on right wing (and vice versa) because it’s easier for the “wrong-footed” player to cut in off the wing.

  2. Steedman

    June 2, 2015 at 8:24 pm

    Great exposure and experience for Laing. He will be missed by the club, but best of luck!

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