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Fisk and Galvao need patience: FC Edmonton waiting on Spanish, Portuguese federations to sign off on deals


Canadian Ben Fisk has been training with FC Edmonton since last week. Portuguese/American midfielder/fullback Pedro Galvao trained with the Eddies on Tuesday.

But, as it stands, neither are eligible to play in Wednesday’s game against the New York Cosmos. The Eddies have completed the paperwork when it comes to signing these two players, and the Canadian Soccer Association has done its part. But the Eddies need the Spanish FA to sign off on Fisk — who most recently played in Spain — and the Portuguese federation to green-light Galvao’s move.

Galvao was most recently with Portuguese side Gil Vicente.

“The CSA has been fabulous with us, they always are” said FCE coach Colin Miller. “It’s now out of our club’s hands and the CSA’s hands — it’s now dealing with the Spanish federation and the Portuguese federation.”

In fact, Fisk made the trip to Indiana with the Eddies this past weekend, as the team was hopeful his clearance would have been in ahead of Saturday’s game against the Eleven. But, that didn’t happen — and they are still waiting.

Because he was born in the United States, Galvao does not take up an international roster spot.

“He’s played most of his career in the Portuguese second division,” said Miller. “Attacking wide left midfield player, can also play at left fullback. He’s already shown very good technique, pace and strength. He’s a good professional. So, I’m delighted that we finally got Pedro in.”

Miller said that he understands that, as the international transfer window is open, that both the Spanish and Portuguese federations’ offices are overwhelmed with paperwork requests. But a player cannot be cleared to play in another country until the national federation that governs his previous club team signs off on the deal. So, even though Fisk is Canadian, he can’t go until the Spanish FA gives the thumbs-up.

The Eddies’ open international spot should be filled later this week. Miller said an Argentine/Italian midfielder is expected to arrive Wednesday.

“We hope he’ll be one of the final pieces of the jigsaw,” said Miller.

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  1. John Anderson

    July 27, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    Look. Like two. strong signings

  2. Ian

    July 27, 2016 at 11:57 am

    looking forward to seeing the new additions…

  3. cwell

    July 26, 2016 at 1:48 pm

    “The CSA has been fabulous with us, they always are.” Classy. Whatever else one might think of Colin Miller, he’s a gentleman and a great representative of the game and his club.

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