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Parker, get in here! FC Edmonton’s keeper wins NASL weekly honour


FC Edmonton Lance Parker was named the NASL’s Defensive Player of the Week Monday.

Parker has been a revelation for FC Edmonton since he took over in goal from Rein Baart three matches ago. He has started the last two NASL matches for FC Edmonton and the second leg of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship semifinal, allowing just two goals in that stretch, and making a series of highlight-reel saves.

Parker got the nod this week for a series of saves he made against FC Tampa Bay in a 1-1 draw. The best of the bunch was a point-blank stop on FCTB striker Pascal Millien to keep the score at 1-0, setting up Chris Kooy’s stoppage-time equalizer.

Despite Parker’s strong play and the fact he has MLS experience with Chivas USA, FCE’s coaching staff has yet to publicly coronate him the team’s No. 1 keeper. After the draw with FCTB, assistant coach Dave Randall said the team will use the off week to see where its goaltending situation stands, and that no one has the No. 1 job at the moment.

That being said, FC Edmonton fans would faint if Parker wasn’t to get the start Monday at home to NSC Minnesota Stars.

Veteran Dutch keeper Baart struggled in his last three starts, allowing a weak goal to Carolina after he came out of his area and misplayed a header, passing a ball directly to the feet of Toronto FC striker Maicon Santos in the first leg of the NCC semifinal, and then being sent off in a 5-0 loss to Montreal in which he looked shaky throughout, with several miskicks and misjudgments of long balls into the penalty area.

Etienne Barbara, who already has nine goals and has scored in every game in which he’s appeared this season, was named the NASL’s Offensive Player of the Week. Really, the way Barbara is playing right now, it will be news when he doesn’t win that weekly award. Barbara got two more goals as is Carolina RailHawks went to Montreal and beat the Impact 2-1.

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  1. Kahkakew Yawassanay

    May 17, 2011 at 10:30 am

    Has he ever been impressive…why is FCE wasting time and $$ on Baart…he is old and slow and cost them any chance they had in the NCC with his stupid goal kick to Santos…must be related to one of the Dutch coaches?? Let Parker play…looked great and has pedigree…young team that needs to be let loose…to heck with the Dutch system…use what suits their skills and make up…FCE will accomplish a lot and will make MLS clubs look twice soon, here is hoping the city supports them enough to stay in the NASL and maybe be in the MLS in five years

  2. NASL

    May 17, 2011 at 7:25 am

    You’re allowed 7 imports.

  3. MB

    May 17, 2011 at 2:25 am

    Parker has made a statement. At 39 years of age Baart is not the future and it seems not the present either. With only 3 import players allowed on the roster its imperative all 3 are on the field contributing. Make your own conclusions but IMO this team needs to improve its imports.

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