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FC Edmonton makes Monsalve deal official

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FC Edmonton confirmed Tuesday that Canadian keeper David Monsalve has signed with the club.

Monsalve, who had been on trial with FCE for the past couple of weeks, announced the deal via Twitter on Friday.

Monsalve, who made one MLS appearance for Toronto FC in 2007 and also played for Finnish side FC Inter Turku is expected to back-up No. 1 keeper Rein Baart.

“It means a lot to have the opportunity to be back playing in Canada,” Monsalve said in a release issued by the club. “It’s always fun to share the field with old friends week in and week out. I’m hoping to get out there and be effective in order to help the team get results. I’m looking forward to the challenge.”

The deal is good for both sides. For Monsalve, his professional career is back on track. For FC Edmonton, which lost keepers Lance Parker and Jaswinder Gill to injuries, and had been using amateur keeper Justin Ammar to back up Baart since mid-June, the deal gives the club needed stability.

“With the injuries to Lance Parker and Jaswinder Gill and the departure of our back up keeper Justin Ammar for duties with NAIT, we needed to find a creditable young replacement for the immediate and long term future of the club,” said Director of Soccer Operations Joe Petrone. “David gives us comfort in case he is asked to play and as a potential future starter. He comes with some professional experience at the top pro level. He will definitely help to fill the void created by injuries.”

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