A Facebook memory of mine from three years ago was about the fan movement to bring FC Edmonton out of dormancy and into the Canadian Premier League (CPL). Yesterday showed just how far the Club has come.
The day began with the CPL proudly announcing that ten players in the league were named to Canada’s 50-man provisional Olympic qualifying roster. Easton Ongaro and Shamit Shome of our Eddies were named to the squad. The tournament begins March 18th, Canada’s first game is on March 19th against El Salvador. The final roster for the tournament must be finalized by March 8th.
Head Coach Alan Koch finalized his coaching staff and shared his comments on each individual:
- Lars Hirschfeld – “It was important to retain Lars as our goalkeeper coach as his playing and coaching experience are absolutely vital in developing our keepers. Being from Edmonton he will continue to be an excellent role model for our young keepers, and the greater community.”
- Brendan Shaw – “Brendan will join us from Vancouver and has had some excellent experience already with various youth groups and in the NCAA. He has a fantastic football brain and will help significantly in implementing our playing philosophy on the pitch.”
- Jay Bhindi – “Jay arrives from Ottawa after having had experience in the USL Championship. He will aid in opposition scouting, video analysis and developmental plans.”
Coach Shaw tweeted, “Really appreciate how welcoming everyone in the club and city have been! I can’t wait to help push (FC Edmonton) forward along with (Alan Koch) and our amazing group of staff & players.”
Coach Bhindi tweeted, “Very excited to be an Assistant Coach with a historic Canadian club like (FC Edmonton)! Look forward to working with everyone on a daily basis in order to bring good success to the city of Edmonton.”
With the roster almost completely filled out, the coaching staff all lined up, all we need now is a schedule. And you know, a world that allows the schedule to be played.