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Edward, Parker miss out on FCE season-opening trip to Tampa


FC Edmonton will be at least two players short of full strength when the club faces the Tampa Bay Rowdies in their NASL opener Saturday.

The team returned to Edmonton over the weekend from its nearly three-week long Vancouver-based training camp. But, on Monday, it was wheels up as the coach Colin Miller’s selected squad left for Florida, where the team will have a week to try and acclimate to the heat and humidity of the American southeast.

Eddie Edward

But regular starting keeper Lance Parker and first-choice right back Edson Edward weren’t on the plane. Parker is out with a dislocated finger and Edward has what the club calls a “lower body injury.”

Look for John Smits to be in goal this coming weekend, with new signing Tyson Farago handling the back-up duties.

Kareem Moses, the Trinidad and Tobago international signed by the Eddies earlier this year (look for a feature on Moses in the March-April issue of Inside Soccer), can play right back. And Mallan Roberts and teenager Marko Aleksic are on the trip as tall centre-back options to partner with Albert Watson.

GK: John Smits, Tyson Farago

D: Lance Laing, Albert Watson, Kareem Moses, Michael Nonni, Marko Aleksic, Mallan Roberts

M: Ritchie Jones, Neil Hlavaty, Milton Blanco, Mike Banner, Hanson Boakai, Horace James, Edem Mortotsi

F: Frank Jonke, Daryl Fordyce, Tomi Ameobi.

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One Comment

  1. Jamonty

    April 12, 2014 at 4:11 pm

    Where’s Mirabelli? Also hurt?

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