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Who is the player FC Edmonton coach Colin Miller said will be a “difference maker?”

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Colin Miller was in a sharing mood today. Usually, when you ask him about a potential new signing, he’s tight-lipped. He’ll smile and say that “if I tell you, I’ll have to kill you.”

But, he gave up a little more than usual about two players expected to join the team in the coming days.

“We are looking to add two more players,” said Miller after FC Edmonton’s preseason training session Thursday at Commonwealth Fieldhouse. “One will arrive, maybe both, this weekend.  That will finalize the squad that will go into the spring season. I’m excited about the group.”

And, did he have anything more to say about the incoming players?

“One will be more of a utility-type player. And one is a genuine difference-maker.”

Miller said the so-called “difference-maker” has a European background.

So, until anyone says otherwise — is Thierry Henry coming out of retirement to play for the Eddies?

But, seriously, the two new players will bring the total of Eddies’ additions to six. Fullback Netan Sansara and midfielder Sabri Khattab, who were both in Norwegian league football last year, joined the team at the start of camp, as did Canadian midfielder Mauro Eustaquio and former Toronto FC keeper Chris Konopka.

“Attitude-wise, all four of them have been terrific,” said Miller. “I have now challenged a couple of them to get fitter. This will be the fittest they’ve ever been in their entire careers, I would think, during their time with us. All four have got really good, genuine qualities. We genuinely believe that it’s a step up from last season. I’m not saying that to our fans just for the sake of saying it.”

“They fit in the locker room great, they’ve got a great attitude, and I think all of them will help out the team in one way or another this season,” said Eddies captain Nik Ledgerwood. “And it’s nice to have a smaller squad, as well. I think it’s going to be a tighter-knit group. I think it’s going to be a more positive group this year.”

Midfielder Nico Di Biase and fullback Allan Zebie were on the sidelines for Thursday’s training session with minor injuries. But defender Karsten Smith is looking at six weeks on the sidelines with a calf strain.

 

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