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FC Edmonton signs Icelandic midfielder Oskar Orn Hauksson


Last year in Edmonton, Iceland was all the rage. After direct-flight service to Reykjavik was launched, there were Icelandic festivals in the Alberta capital, Iceland-themed scavenger hunts, and even the Prime Minister of Iceland, Sigmundur David Gunlaugsson, came to visit. Pretty well everyone in Edmonton was either going to Iceland or knew someone who was going to Iceland. It had replaced the all-inclusive in Mexico as our vacation destination of choice.

It’s 2015, and Iceland has yet to show any signs of jumping the shark. On the day the Oscar nominations were made, the Eddies made their own Oskar announcement.

On Thursday, FC Edmonton announced that Iceland national-team midfielder Oskar Orn Hauksson will join the team on season-long loan from KR Reykjavik. The FCE front office confirmed that Hauksson cannot be recalled by Reykjavik during the term of the loan.

Hauksson started all but two matches for Reykjavik in 2014. He scored four goals. He played for Reykjavik in a 2012 Champions League qualifier against HJK Helsinki, and has also spent time with Norwegian side, Sandnes Ulf — a team which once employed Edmonton’s Tosaint Ricketts.

“This is a significant signing for us,” said FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller in a release issued by the club. “Oskar will be a game changer and a crowd pleaser, he has good pace and good energy. I’m excited about the chance to work with him this year.”

Hauksson is still in Iceland, but will be with the Eddies when they begin training camp on Feb. 18.

Hauksson’s signing brings the total of international players (that is, players who aren’t American or Canadian) on the Eddies to seven, the max allowed by the NASL.

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  1. J

    January 20, 2015 at 7:42 pm

    For the sake of this developing club, I really hope FCE does not consider Ricketts. This guys bounces from one club to another like a summer beach ball, and his time with our national team was embarrassing at best. I had the misfortune of playing with this so called national player years ago and his presence on an Alberta major league pitch was as forgettable as book written by a Kardashian.
    It is encouraging to see FCE continue to scout international talent which is critical in establishing itself in market that has failed professionals soccer many times in the passed. Bringing in players like Ricketts in my opinion will create more criticism in the soccer community then optimism…

  2. jamonty42

    January 19, 2015 at 11:54 am

    An interesting Edmonton twist to Oskar Hauksson – he was loaned by KR Reykjavik to Sandnes Ulf in Norway for the completion of the 2012 season (sept-nov). His loan was not renewed and instead in January 2013 Sandnes Ulf brought in (Edmonton born) Tosaint Ricketts. Fast forward to 2015 and it is announced that Hauksson will join a team in Ricketts hometown.
    Could history repeat itself and FCE will sign Ricketts at the end of Hauksson loan? 🙂

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