FC Edmonton

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FC Edmonton
Fcedmonton.png
Full name FC Edmonton
Nickname(s) FCE, FCEd, The Eddies, The Rabbits
Founded 2010
Stadium Clarke Stadium
Edmonton, Alberta
Stadium
capacity
5,000
Owners Dave Fath
Tom Fath
Head Coach Colin Miller
League North American Soccer League
2013 Spring Season:5th
Fall Season: 6th
Website Club home page
Home colours
Current season

FC Edmonton is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2010, the team plays in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at Clarke Stadium, and is coached by Colin Miller. The club's colours are blue and white.

History[edit]

FC Edmonton was launched in February 2010 by Tom and Dave Fath.[1] The team spent 2010 preparing for its first competitive season in 2011, signing players, establishing the coaching and administrative setup, and playing in exhibition games. FC Edmonton played its first game in history on June 16 at Foote Field against the Montreal Impact, winning 3–0. In 2010 they scheduled five friendlies against American and Canadian clubs and three other international sides (Portsmouth FC, Victoria Highlanders FC, Colo-Colo). The team also played an honorary match against the Canadian Armed Forces team, on Canada Day, July 1, 2010.

In December 2010 the club's first head coach, Dwight Lodeweges, and assistant coach Hans Schrijver left Edmonton for a job in Japan. Harry Sinkgraven was appointed as new head coach shortly thereafter.[2]

The team played its first competitive game on April 9, 2011, a 2–1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The first goal in club history was scored by Shaun Saiko.[3]

Hans Schrijver rejoined the team as an assistant in 2012. Sinkgraven and Schrijver were released by the club on September 28, 2012 after the team missed the playoffs.[4]

Colours and badge[edit]

The Fath Sports design team along with their families and FC Edmonton personnel were all instrumental in the logo design. “We used the City of Edmonton blue colour with our own signature therefore, we created the logo with a classical yet traditional look with an underlying strength (blue and black) to attract the North American but more specifically the Canadian fans” declared Tom Fath, founder of FC Edmonton. “We wanted to make certain the logo signifies the colours of our proud city while incorporating the Canadian flag at the same time, the shield represents tradition stated Dave Fath, co-founder of FC Edmonton.[citation needed]

Stadium[edit]

The team has played in Clarke Stadium since the 2012 season. FC Edmonton has expanded the capacity of Clarke from 1,200 to over 5,000 with temporary seat-back and bleacher seating.[5] For "marquee games" Edmonton occasionally plays at the much larger Commonwealth Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,081. The club's inaugural game in the 2011 Canadian Championship against Toronto FC was held at Commonwealth on April 27, 2011.

FC Edmonton formerly played its home games at Foote Field, a 3,500-seater stadium which is the centrepiece of a multi-purpose sports facility on the University of Alberta campus which was initially built as a legacy facility for the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. It was named for University of Alberta alumnus, former varsity track athlete, and philanthropist Eldon Foote, who donated $2 million toward the construction costs.[6]

In 2013, the team made a proposal to Edmonton city council for a new soccer-specific stadium in the 8,000 to 10,000 capacity range.[7][8]

Club culture[edit]

Supporters' Groups[edit]

The FC Edmonton Supporters Group (FCESG) was formed in early 2010 by four members of the Canadian national soccer supporters group, the Voyageurs in response to the announcement that Edmonton had been granted a professional soccer club playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Similar in nature to U-Sector and the Red Patch Boys in Toronto, the Vancouver Southsiders, the FCESG attempts to bring some of the "European-style" atmosphere by standing, chanting and generally supporting FC Edmonton during home games played at Foote Field and at Commonwealth Stadium. FCESG also gather at Sports Central Bar and Grill in Edmonton to watch FC Edmonton away games.[9]

The FCESG also developed a friendly rivalry between the Dark Clouds (Supporters Group of the Minnesota Stars FC) during the 2011 season. FCESG and the Dark Clouds participate in the Flyover Cup by cheering on the respective clubs. Both groups have raised funds for charities in the opposing clubs city.[citation needed]

The supporters also recognize sometimes-mascot "Rally Rabbit", "Eddie Bunny", or "Eddie Jackalope", a character based on a rabbit that wandered onto the field during a June 2011 game against the Montreal Impact.[10] The team even included a rabbit imprint on some match tickets in 2011.

Development System[edit]

In 2013, FC Edmonton partnered with the Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) to offer a strategic soccer program for the local youth. Their goal is to provide top quality training and guidance that follow CSA mandate for long term player development. The FC Edmonton ASA youth academy is for both boys and girls under seventeen. The academy offers the U10/U12 Mini Stars Program, the U13-U15 Winter Training Programs, and the U15-U17 Programs. The venture has currently placed youth training in both Edmonton and Calgary.[11][12]

Broadcasting[edit]

As with all teams in the NASL, FC Edmonton hosts webcasts of all their home games. These webcasts hosted on Ustream and are available at the main FC Edmonton website.

In July 2011, FC Edmonton announced that all their home matches would be broadcast on The Team 1260, the local sports radio station. Commentary is done by Gareth Hampshire and Steven Sandor.[13] Sportsnet 360 (previously the Score) started broadcasting all FC Edmonton home games in 2013.[citation needed]

Players and staff[edit]

Current roster[edit]

As of March 31, 2014[14]

No. Position Player Nation
1 Goalkeeper Parker, LanceLance Parker      United States
2 Midfielder Banner, MikeMike Banner      United States
3 Defender Edward, EdsonEdson Edward      Canada
4 Midfielder Hlavaty, NeilNeil Hlavaty (vice-captain)     United States
5 Defender Watson, AlbertAlbert Watson (captain)     Northern Ireland
6 Midfielder Mortotsi, EdemEdem Mortotsi      Canada
7 Midfielder James, HoraceHorace James      Jamaica
8 Midfielder Jones, RitchieRitchie Jones      England
9 Forward Jalali, SadiSadi Jalali      Canada
10 Midfielder Blanco, MiltonMilton Blanco      United States
11 Midfielder Mirabelli, MassimoMassimo Mirabelli      Canada
12 Defender Moses, KareemKareem Moses      Trinidad and Tobago
13 Forward Jonke, FrankFrank Jonke      Canada
14 Midfielder Dosanjh, GaganGagan Dosanjh      Canada
15 Defender Roberts, MallanMallan Roberts      Canada
16 Forward Fordyce, DarylDaryl Fordyce      Northern Ireland
17 Defender Laing, LanceLance Laing      Jamaica
18 Forward Ameobi, TomiTomi Ameobi      England
19 Midfielder Boakai, HansonHanson Boakai      Canada
21 Goalkeeper Farago, TysonTyson Farago      Canada
22 Defender Nonni, MichaelMichael Nonni      Canada
23 Goalkeeper Smits, JohnJohn Smits      Canada
25 Defender Aleksic, MarkoMarko Aleksic      Canada

Staff[edit]

  • Canada Colin MillerHead Coach
  • Canada Rod Proudfoot – General Manager
  • Canada Jeff Paulus – Assistant Coach
  • Canada Darren Woloshen – Goalkeeping Coach
  • Canada Andeas Morse – Team Administrator
  • Canada Jose Jimenez – Athletic Therapist
  • Canada Shohei Miyauchi – Assistant Athletic Therapist
  • Canada Dr. Terry – Team Physician

Notable former players[edit]

Head coaches[edit]

Team Records[edit]

Team records[edit]

NASL regular season only, as of November 2, 2013

Top goalscorers[edit]

League, & Canadian Championship

# Pos. Name Nation Career NASL Playoffs CC Total
1 Midfielder Shaun Saiko  Canada 2011–13 18 0 0 18
2 Forward Kyle Porter  Canada 2011–12 12 0 0 12
3 Forward Michael Cox  Canada 2011–13 8 0 1 9
4 Forward Daryl Fordyce  Northern Ireland 2013– 5 0 5
5 Midfielder Chris Nurse  Guyana 2013 3 1 4
Forward Yashir Pinto  Chile 2012 3 1 4
Forward Paul Craig  Canada 2011–12 4 0 0 4
8 Midfielder Kyle Yamada  Canada 2011 3 0 0 3
Forward Dan Antoniuk  United States 2011 3 0 3
10 Defender Paul Hamilton  Canada 2011–12 2 0 0 2
Defender Alex Surprenant  Canada 2011 2 0 0 2
Midfielder Shawn Chin  United States 2011 2 0 2
Midfielder Neil Hlavaty  United States 2013– 2 0 2
Midfielder Massimo Mirabelli  Canada 2013– 2 0 2
Forward Corey Hertzog  United States 2013 2 2

Last updated: November 2, 2013.
CC = Canadian Championship
Bolded players are currently on the FC Edmonton roster.

Most appearances[edit]

League, & Canadian Championship

# Pos. Name Nation Career NASL Playoffs CC Total
1 Defender Antonio Rago  Canada 2011–13 68 1 4 73
2 Midfielder Shaun Saiko  Canada 2011–13 65 1 5 71
4 Defender Paul Hamilton  Canada 2011–12 50 1 4 55
Midfielder Chris Kooy  Canada 2011–12 50 1 4 55
Forward Michael Cox  Canada 2011–13 51 1 3 55
6 Forward Kyle Porter  Canada 2011–12 48 4 52
7 Goalkeeper Lance Parker  United States 2011– 40 3 43
8 Midfielder Dominic Oppong  Canada 2011–12 36 1 3 40
9 Midfielder Ilja van Leerdam  Netherlands 2011–12 28 1 2 31
Forward Paul Craig  Canada 2011–12 28 3 31

Last updated: November 2, 2013.
CC = Canadian Championship
Bolded players are currently on the FC Edmonton roster.

Record[edit]

Year-by-year[edit]

Year NASL Regular season Season
Position
Soccer Bowl
Playoffs
Canadian
Championship
Champions
League
Top Scorer Avg. Attendance
P W L D GF GA Pts Player Goals
2011 28 10 12 6 35 40 36 5th Quarter-finals Semifinals Did not qualify Canada Shaun Saiko 9 1,817
2012 28 5 13 10 26 36 25 8th Did not qualify Semifinals Did not qualify Canada Shaun Saiko 7 1,492
Spring 2013 12 3 4 5 13 12 14 5th Did not qualify Semifinals Did not qualify Northern Ireland Daryl Fordyce 5 2,437
Fall 2013 14 3 4 7 13 14 16 6th
2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Edmonton gets NASL team in 2011[dead link]
  2. ^ FC Edmonton announce Harry Sinkgraven head coach[dead link]
  3. ^ Terry Jones, Qmi Agency. "FC Edmonton open with win". Calgarysun.com. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "FC Edmonton Releases Coaching Staff | North American Soccer League". Nasl.com. Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Rodrigues, Angelique. "New soccer stadium decision in Edmonton will wait a year | Edmonton | News". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Amenities - Faculty of Physical Education - University of Alberta". Physedandrec.ualberta.ca. Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rodrigues, Angelique. "New soccer stadium decision in Edmonton will wait a year | Edmonton | News". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "FC Edmonton looking for new indoor soccer stadium | CTV Edmonton News". Edmonton.ctvnews.ca. January 28, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Supporters get behind FC Edmonton – Edmonton Examiner – Alberta, CA". Edmonton Examiner. April 27, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rally Rabbit". FC Edmonton. April 20, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013-2014 Academies". FC Edmonton. 
  12. ^ "FC Edmonton and ASA partner up to offer Soccer Development Program in Calgary". FC Edmonton. 
  13. ^ "FC Edmonton hits the airwaves – Edmonton Examiner – Alberta, CA". Edmonton Examiner. July 13, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  14. ^ "FC Edmonton Roster". fcedmonton.com. Retrieved March 31, 2014. 
  15. ^ FC Edmonton announces coaching staff[dead link]

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