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FC Edmonton completed a weekend preseason sweep of WSA Winnipeg on Sunday, winning 3-1.

Over the course of two days, the NASL side outscored their PDL opponents by a 10-1 margin.

An own goal and markers from recently signed French forward Serisay Barthelemy and Alex Semenets gave the Eddies all the offence they’d need in the first half of the Sunday finale. For Semenets, it was his second goal in as many games.

“They have given me confidence,” said Semenets. “The team is playing well, and we are scoring a lot of goals. As a team, I think we are quite prepared for the season. We have been working a lot on both offence and defence and I think we have really progressed over our last three games.”

FCE has one final preseason game left, on the road against the Minnesota Stars on Monday.

“We have had some good games, good tests,” said Semenets. “We feel good, we feel confident going into Minnesota — and onward.”

There are still some questions about the back line going into the match. Canadian Fabrice Lassonde, former Fort Lauderdale Striker Adam West and Haitian national teamer Fabien Vorbe — who is a forward but has played in camp as a defender — are all still with the club though none of the three have put pen to paper on a contract. With the additions of Yashir Pinto and Barthelemy up front, the strikers are set, while the return of Matt Lam from Japan has bolstered an already crowded midfield which includes NASL Best XI member Shaun Saiko, NASL minutes leader Chris Kooy, Dominic Oppong and Dutch veteran Ilja van Leerdam.

The goalkeeping situation is solid, with four keepers on board. Lance Parker is still coming back from a fractured foot. But, with Canadian David Monsalve, University of Toronto product John Smits — who played in Sunday’s win — and, of course, U-23 team goalkeeping star Michal Misiewicz, FCE has greatly overcompensated from having arguably the worst starting keeper in NASL last season to having the deepest set of men in green in the league in 2012.

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