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Tosaint Ricketts: In his own words about Romania, growing up in Edmonton, living the life

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As some of the readers of this site — especially the ones in Alberta — know, my “day job” is pretty awesome. I edit Avenue Edmonton, a great magazine in a great, culturally vibrant city that is growing at warp speed.

It’s not often that my soccer journalism crosses into that other world. But, in the October issue, there’s a pretty remarkable exception to the rule. Earlier this year, I had the chance to sit down with Tosaint Ricketts and talk at length about his soccer-playing life, from growing up in Edmonton to the months of not getting paid at FC Politehnica Timisoara. And it was such a good story, about an Edmontonian working in Transylvania, and not getting paid, that it was obvious that this was more than a soccer story. This was an Avenue piece.

And, while he was home over the summer, Tosaint was good enough to spend the day to do a photo shoot with us (check out the Canali suit!)

Check out the story HERE. It has been on the racks in Edmonton for a couple of weeks, but we have released it to be seen online as of Thursday.

Hopefully, this piece will better introduce you to a great Canadian soccer product — and you can learn a little more about his background. Why does he have that lion tattoo? And, yes, his close-knit family does own two pretty darn good Jamaican/Caribbean restaurants in Edmonton.

One small request: If you have comments about this story, please post them on the Avenue site, not here. I enjoy bringing my passion for soccer to my magazine, and I want to make sure it gets the benefit of the comments and discussions that can come from this story.

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