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FCE makes cuts: Craig, Oppong, West, Gardner and Pinto won’t be back

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Paul Craig scored the final goal of FC Edmonton’s season, a last-gasp strike that gave the Eddies a 2-2 draw against Fort Lauderdale.

For the Prince Edward Island native, it would also be the last goal he’d score for the Eddies — period. Craig was one of four players whose contracts won’t be picked up by the club for the 2013 season. The club announced the moves on Tuesday. Also on the outs are midfielder Dominic Oppong, defender Adam West and fullback Dino Gardner.

As well, the club announced that the loan for Chilean striker Yashir Pinto will not be renewed. Pinto came from Colo-Colo, and the team had high hopes he’d be one of the top scorers in NASL. But, after immigration-paperwork issues held him out of the first road trip of the year, he had a bright start at home. And, then, his confidence vanished, and he began to stab at the ball in front of goal. He never recovered, and finished the year with just three goals in NASL play, plus one against the Whitecaps in the Amway Canadian Championship.

With Pinto and Craig both out of the team, it’s a sign that FCE is looking to make room for a new striker or strikers. The 11 understands that the front office is actively looking to make a splash by bringing in a proven goal-scorer into the fold — but no player has been signed of yet.

Gardner, a former TFC Academy prospect, was signed in the middle of last season, but didn’t make the impression the team had hoped.

Oppong had been with the team for two years, and played the holding midfield position. But, in 2012, he was relegated to being a depth player, seeing some time as a substitute but falling behind Bryan Arguez and Kenny Caceros on the depth chart.

West suffered from hamstring issues for most of the season, and really only got a chance to play once FCE was eliminated from the playoff race.

The team did announce that the options were picked up on three of the goalkeepers who were in Edmonton last season: Lance Parker, John Smits and David Monsalve. Michal Misiewicz, the team’s fourth keeper from 2012, was released at the end of the season.

As well, options were picked up on Shaun Saiko, Antonio Rago, David Proctor, Michael Cox, Kenny Caceros, Elvir Gigolaj, NASL Best XI defenderf Paul Hamilton and Chris Kooy.

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5 Comments

  1. Thomas1300

    December 5, 2012 at 3:01 am

    I am still very surprised why Craig, Oppong and Dino Gardner, but especially Craig, were released by the club. With Pinto – it was no surprise.
    Where is Kyle Porter?

    Reply

  2. john anderson

    December 4, 2012 at 10:58 pm

    Where is Kyle Porter on the list? Paul Craig is the kinda vet who could be constant pro after the stars leave (Saiko, Hamilton, Rago etc)

    Reply

    • Rango

      December 5, 2012 at 3:31 am

      Stars? Where are they going to be starring at? All journeymen, sorry.

      Let’s not overrate this league.

      Reply

  3. Daniel Blodgett

    December 4, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    The Craig cut hurts a lot. I start to sound like Don Cherry when I describe Craig. Good, hard working Canadian boy.

    Reply

  4. John anderson

    December 4, 2012 at 5:55 pm

    Where is Kyle Porter?

    Reply

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