New FC Edmonton General Manager Eric Newendorp gave Eddies fans a few early Christmas presents announcing a trio of player transactions. New Eddies coach Alan Koch is now tasked with turning these presents into a presence at Clarke Stadium for the 2021 Canadian Premier League (CPL) season.
- Latest Acquisitions:
Paris Gee – “He’s certainly a consensus pick for both the Coach and GM. Eric will know him from his days in Tulsa. He will likely have a good relationship with Koch as he was coached by him in 2012 during Koch’s Simon Fraser University time as coach there. I’m thinking maybe trying to recreate the atmosphere that was at Simon Fraser when Koch went 106-16-5 in his coaching record there.” This intelligent comment was made by Total Soccer Project (TSP) Eddies beat writer Greg Servold on social media. His soccer work will stay on TSP but in 2021 his opinions on non-soccer matters will be coming to Edmonton Sports Fans.
- Confirmed Signings
Since the announcement of Mr. Newendorp as the new GM, the Eddies have officially announced the re-signing of FC Edmonton U20 Academy products Chance Carter, Antony Caceres, and Marcus Velado-Tsegaye.
Prior to the beginning of the 2020 season, the duo of Carter and Caceres were signed together to join to the Eddies. Here were the comments made back in February by now-former GM and coach but still marvellous human being Jeff Paulus:
“Chance offers a rare breed of power, dribbling ability, and defending with an impressive left foot who can launch an attack from deep positions…I would describe Antony as technical player who loves to dribble at defenders and reads the game very well and plays with an edge.”
Marcus Velado-Tsegaye recently made his El Salvador U-20 National Team debut. The logically nicknamed MVT offers Eddies fans much to be excited about.
- What does all this mean?
Let’s look at this unofficial visual aid provided by Martikinen Sugar Fingers Siembiwskiey in a River Valley Vanguard discussion group:
The “key words” are “unofficial visual aid”. For an average fan like myself, the picture helps make sense of the Eddies roster more than than simply reading a bunch of names on a screen. It currently varies from the roster featured on FC Edmonton’s website as this is updated with the new signings. Both this unofficial graphic and the roster on the Eddies site includes names of players that have not been and/or may not be re-signed by the Club.
- Roster Notes
FC Edmonton’s most notable goal scorer Easton Ongaro is on loan to Danish club Vendsyssel FF. Could Ongaro be “sold”? Yes. Could Ongaro be back amidst the blue smoke (if we are allowed) at Clarke Stadium? Yes. This fellow hopes for his return to Edmonton.
Raul Tito, whose name is not on the visual aid or website roster, “joined Peruvian Segunda Division side Santos de Nasca for the club’s 2020 campaign, after which he will join the Eddies for the full 2021 Canadian Premier League season.” That note per northerntribune.ca on October 10th.
That brings our running total to 8 players, 6 officially signed and 2 unofficially signed. CPL rosters are limited to 23 players so there is plenty of work to be done. You can follow the Eddies, and league movement, on the CPL’s “who’s in, who’s out for 2021” page.
Interestingly enough, the only Eddies departure noted is Terique Mohammed who was on loan from Toronto FC II. On December 23rd, Toronto FC II released Mohammed.
For every question and option one can chat about the roster, one has to mention the elephant in the room. A pandemic forced last season to go into a bubble and continues to cast a cloud over sport heading into 2021. The NBA and NHL have returned to home arenas instead of bubbles but still have no fans. For leagues beginning in the spring such as the CPL, one hopes fans will be allowed to enter stadiums by then. Stay safe everyone.