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FCE will have to confine its search for new strikers to Canada and the U.S.


FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller said finding goal-scorers is “priority number one” for his club during the July NASL off-season.

But Miller said any new striker the club brings in would need to be a domestic player — either Canadian or American.

“We’d like to bring in one or two new faces, possibly players on loan,” said Miller. “We are already have the best defensive record in the league, despite having so many different players back there. The players have been excellent. If we could get the best goal-scoring record, we’d be set.”

FCE has the best defensive record in NASL, but is the lowest-scoring team. If the club could have found just three or four more goals, to turn some of its league-leading five ties into wins, this Sunday’ spring-season finale against Minnesota United FC at Clarke Stadium would have some meaning. Instead, it only offers the Eddies a chance to move up to fourth on the table — which means little, as only the spring-season winner gets a prize, the right to host the Soccer Bowl.

FCE begins the fall season Aug. 3, and roster changes are coming.

But Miller said that, because FCE has maxed out its international roster spots, any new players will be domestics.

FCE’s seven internationals? David Proctor, Daryl Fordyce, Robert Garrett and Albert Watson are all U.K. citizens. Lance Laing is Jamaican. Chris Nurse is U.K./Guyanese. And Carlyle Mitchell is from Trinidad and Tobago.

Mitchell is still counted on the FCE roster even though he has been recalled by his parent club, the Vancouver Whitecaps. Mitchell, who will represent his country at the Gold Cup, is still on FCE’s internationals list as the NASL side fully expects him to be back for the fall season.

But one player who might not be ready for the fall season’s opening is Wes Knight. Miller said the midfielder/defender, who broke his foot early in the season, has been slow to heal.

“He might miss the first two or three games of the fall season.”

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  1. John Anderson

    June 29, 2013 at 4:44 pm

    De Guise n Sarkaria really could use a loan to the PDL n get more games … Victoria or Winnipeg maybe. Gigs was able to score goals last year in limited mins. It ll be pretty difficult to find a canadian forward to score goals in the short transfer window.

  2. Jamonty

    June 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

    Elvir Gigolaj hasn’t seen any action this spring. He’s still a young guy (’92) but might he perhaps be on the bubble? Also, Adrian LeRoy hasn’t seen action since that horrible backpass to Lance Parker that led to Parker’s red card in week 8 vs. FtL. Enquiring minds are wondering…
    Do guys like Gigolaj, Sarkaria or De Guise get game action with the reserves? Are the reserves playing?

    • Steven Sandor

      June 28, 2013 at 9:20 pm

      Gigolaj has been out with injury. He didn’t train Thursday… was working on the sidelines.

  3. Bradley M

    June 28, 2013 at 6:35 pm

    Would like to see Caleb Clarke or Emery Welshman go to FCE on loan, that would be great for developing Canadians, but, imagine the completely unlikely scenario that Edwini-Bonsu signed with FCE for the fall, I think he would eat NASL alive.

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