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FC Edmonton set to extend Ammar’s amateur contract

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FC Edmonton will extend the amateur contract of goalkeeper Justin Ammar, so he can continue to apprentice during the club’s current netminding crisis.

Ammar is a St. Albert, Alta. native who came in and played the final 10 minutes in Friday’s 1-0 loss to the Carolina RailHawks after starting keeper Lance Parker left Foote Field in an ambulance after suffering a compound fracture to his right arm. Parker collided with RailHawks striker Etienne Barbara and fell awkwardly to the Foote Field artificial turf.

Parker was part of FC Edmonton’s stable of three goaltenders. Rein Baart, who has started the lion’s share of the games but has struggled at times this season, will now be the undisputed No. 1. He will likely start Wednesday when FCE hosts the Puerto Rico Islanders. Baart missed Friday’s match due to his second red-card suspension of the season.

Jaswinder Gill is FCE’s third goalie, but he is out with back problems. So, Ammar was brought in for Friday’s game as an emergency back-up for Parker — an option which, unfortunately, had to be used.

Parker was to be released from hospital Monday.

Ammar isn’t totally green: He got into a handful of games for SV Heimstetten of Germany’s lower leagues last season.

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