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Hauksson’s departure frees up international spot for FC Edmonton


Player loans are often tricky propositions. Either a bigger club is loaning you a prospect — and the bigger club expects to see that player getting minutes. Or, a club loans you a veteran player — and that player wants minutes to prove he’s worthy of a contract in the new city or that he’s still of value to the club that loaned him out.

But, in either case, there’s an expectation that the loaned player will get significant time on the pitch with his new club. And, when he doesn’t — the loan doesn’t make sense.

Icelandic club KR Reykjavik and midfielder Oskar Hauksson cut their losses Friday; the one-year loan deal that had sent the winger to FC Edmonton was terminated before the NASL season was a month old. The Eddies say they came to an “amicable” agreement with both the player and Reykjavik.

“We’re all disappointed that it hasn’t worked out the way we had hoped,” said FC Edmonton’s head coach Colin Miller in a release issued by the club. “I couldn’t guarantee Oskar a starting position every week and a player of his experience would want to be playing every week. I can’t promise a starting spot to anyone at the moment.”

Hauksson can now head home to help KR Reykjavik prepare for its domestic season.

Hauksson got just one sub appearance in three NASL games and one Amway Canadian Championship match. Hauksson simply could not push his way into the starting lineup; and, as a player who is best used in wide positions, Hauksson was up against it with Lance Laing on the left side and new signing Sainey Nyassi coming up with the series of very impressive performances on the right side. Nyassi scored a goal and set up another in last Sunday’s win over Fort Lauderdale, and was named the NASL player of the week.

But, with Hauksson’s departure, an international roster spot opens up for the Eddies; and that could be an ace in the hole that Miller could use now or later in the season. The international transfer window will be open when NASL is on its midseason break.

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  1. left back

    April 27, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    footy.. you can’t compare FCE to Athletico Madrid… i watched the Amway game v the Fury and was impressed that at least Ottawa tried to play… that was nice to see… when i watch Edmonton… i just get frustrated by the message… don’t make a mistake, any doubt kick it out, keep it simple, work rate is more important than quality… i would rather watch a team that tries to play… then that weird product they put on the field… CM played to many games in the Scottish leagues… that isn’t football.

  2. left back

    April 26, 2015 at 8:45 am

    Oskar obviously has a great technical ability… but he wasn’t on the Icelandic track and field team so CM has no use for him… CM doesn’t like players who think the game well… just wants his wide players to be muppets and run up and down the wings…. then pass the baton to the guy running the next leg… knowing this… i wonder how many skilled players will think of FCE as a soccer destination?

    • footy

      April 27, 2015 at 4:44 am

      Yes Miller has a tendency to go for big and strong players, but aren’t you exaggerating just a little bit here? Boakai, Jalali, Granitto, Raudales, Burt, even Fordyce are different types of players. I think what Miller looks for above anything is mental toughness and it has brought the club to a very respectable level. Hauksson had a chance like anybody on the team but he wasn’t going to get it for free. Nobody is.

    • Nathan

      April 27, 2015 at 8:18 am

      From everything I’ve read, sounded like it was Oskar and the home club that wanted him back, not that Miller wanted him gone.

    • left back

      April 27, 2015 at 10:20 am

      Footy… thx for the reply… yes… i am exaggerating… but just to prove my point… which is…the ‘modern’ game is vastly different now than 25 years ago… and i see CM’s team as a throw back to the 1990’s… big, strong. physical and lacking technical ability… the game is ref’d different, systems of play are developed to counter long ball teams, there is an education about the game and how to play…… the ‘modern’ game is about keeping the ball and absorbing pressure in defense…. these concepts are lost to CM because he hasn’t changed with the time… i am sure he was a good coach… 25 years ago… but the game has passed him by….. the indicator is the players he chooses and the type of football wants his players to play… un educated and lacking any real thought process…. lump it up to the big guy up front and attack down the wings…. really? it is 2015… give it a rest already….

      I spent 6 months in Barcelona watching games and attending as many youth matches as i could…. now that is an education in the game. Players who want the ball at all times and know how to keep it… Spaniards play harder then people give them credit for as well… they win the ball back by pressuring the ball as a co ordinated unit…. i have yet to see FCE implore that level of tactical awareness…..

      • footy

        April 27, 2015 at 11:40 am

        I fully understand your point. It’s just that, this is Northern America and not Spain. You need to have those players if you want to play them.

        Besides, Barcelona is topnotch, it’s like saying why doesn’t Edmonton play like Bayern Munich? I’m sure Miller would like them to.

        Can you remember who the reigning Spanish Champion and Champions League Finalist is btw? What style do they play? What do you think about Chelsea? They will win the EPL this season. There’s more than one way to go.

  3. footy

    April 25, 2015 at 1:49 am

    There’s 300.000 people in Iceland, so the standard is probably not that high. Real talents leave very early and try to catch on to a Scandinavian, Dutch or English side.

  4. footy

    April 24, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Gotta love those cliches, a player of his age needs to play (fill in any age possible).

    • Greg Nordman

      April 24, 2015 at 9:19 pm

      how does the Icelandic Premier League match up with the NASL?

      • Steven Sandor

        April 24, 2015 at 10:58 pm

        Can’t say, but Tomi Ameobi also played there.

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