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Surprenant could have Impact on FC Edmonton lineup

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FC Edmonton announced that it has inked a former member of the Montreal Impact to deal to spend the 2011 NASL season in the Alberta Capital.

Alex Surprenant, who struggled to find time in the Impact lineup — and played for the club’s Canadian Soccer League affiliate, the Trois-Rivieres Attak. The defender played a part in the Impact’s run to the CONCACAF Champions League quarter-finals in 2008-09, when then-coach John Limniatis had to juggle his roster because of a busy USL schedule mixed with the CCL.

Surprenant, ironically, spent time with the Canadian U-20 team with Matt Lam, who just left FC Edmonton to go on loan with Japanese second-division side JEF United.

Surprenant’s presence in the Edmonton lineup will add a subplot to the team’s NASL home opener, May 1 against the Impact.

FCE also announced the capture of striker Paul Craig, who was an all-Canadian during his time at the University of Prince Edward Island. Craig also trained with Dutch side NEC Nijmegen, a team that former FC Edmonton coach Dwight Lodeweges managed in 2009.

Ghana-born, Scarborough, Ont-raised Dominic Oppong also signed with FCE Thursday. The midfielder has played for Canada at various junior levels.

FCE now has 15 players signed. Coach Harry Sinkgraven has previously stated that he wants to get the roster up to 26 players by the time the season kicks off April 9 on the road to the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

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