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FC Edmonton signs former Toronto FC keeper Chris Konopka

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Chris Konopka is returning to Canada.

Konopka, who made 24 appearances for Toronto FC between 2013-15, was announced Wednesday as FC Edmonton’s latest signing. The American keeper made 21 starts for the Reds in the 2015 season, surrendering 31 goals in 1,890 minutes on a team that, well, wasn’t the strongest defensively. Konopka finished the 2016 season as the Portland Timbers back-up, after winning a Scottish League Cup with Ross County.

Konopka has also been in the uniforms of the New York Red Bulls, Philadelphia Union and the Kansas City Wizards. He also played in the League of Ireland and won a league/cup double with Bohemians FC.

The American keeper will enter training camp as the prohibitive favourite to claim the No. 1 spot. The Eddies also have Canadian keepers Tyson Farago and Nathan Ingham signed.

“I think he will be good incentive for Tyson [Farago] and Nathan [Ingham] to play well,” coach Colin Miller said in a release. “I wanted to have an experienced goalkeeper this year and now the onus is on Nathan and Tyson to step up again. Each goalkeeper will get chances to play in preseason games and Chris comes in as the number one, but who knows what can happen during this preseason.”

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