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Ex-TFC trio will try and earn spots with FC Edmonton


Ex-Toronto FC prospects Keith Makubuya, Tristan Jackman and Cristian Nunez are among the latest additions made to the roster for FC Edmonton’s free-agent combine.

The combine, which begins next Wednesday, gives the opportunity for out-of-contract Canadians — or players who have had ties to Canadian clubs — the chance to impress the FC Edmonton brass, including a new coach who will be named on Tuesday. The players will take to the field at the Commonwealth Stadium fitness centre.

Makubuya, who graduated from TFC Academy to the big club, didn’t get a chance to see MLS action. And, at the end of the season, he was one of four Canadians that the club decided it didn’t want to return for next season. Makubuya is confirmed to be taking a shot at an NASL roster spot with the Eddies.

As well, Nunez, who was with Toronto FC in its inaugural season but didn’t play a match, is also on the combine roster. Nunez went to the Montreal Impact organization after being set free by the Reds in 2007, and is now looking to play for his third separate Canadian pro team.

Jackman is a speedy forward who was part of the TFC Academy team in the Canadian Soccer League, but didn’t get the chance to move up to the big club. FC Edmonton has already snatched former TFC Academy defender Dino Gardner, so there are opportunities for more ex-Reds to get a shot in the Alberta capital.

(New additions in bold)

Jonatton Cordoba
Alex Eby
Jarrett Hamilton
Coulton Jackson
Cody Kahpeaysewat
Michael Marousek
Max Maund
Dever Orgill
Simone Orlandi
Tyson Pahsaknunk
Simon Serukuma
Andrew MacRae (Acadia University)
Mark Haynes (AEK London, Ontario Cup champs)
Piotr Pestka (SAIT striker)
Cristian Nunez
Keith Makubuya
Tristan Jackman
Sallim Dahman (UQAM star)
Sahill Sandhu (Douglas College Royals)

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  1. john anderson

    November 24, 2012 at 7:17 pm

    Very clear that there needs to be more professional teams in this country

  2. footy

    November 22, 2012 at 7:01 pm

    Maybe one or two of these guys will actually earn a contract. But it’s always good to have a close look at the talent around. For striker they could also try and loan one from a MLS-outfit like Caleb Clarke from the Whitecaps.

  3. Chris

    November 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm

    I’m glad to see FCE giving some young Canadians a shot, I just am unsure of their level.

    Very few of these guys I have heard of before. Would be nice to see maybe some upper echelon players from the CSL attending, rather than mostly guys who I am not even sure are near the best in CSL or CIS.

    Hopefully I am wrong and these guys do well, opening the doors for more players in the future.

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