This past week saw FC Edmonton play a couple of very difficult games on both the East and West coast. Last Sunday saw them take on NASL leaders in the New York Cosmos then travel across the continent to take on the Vancouver Whitecaps who are one of the best MLS sides so far this season. It’s a situation where you can’t blame a team for not getting results, especially when the Eddies got news that they would be missing captain and top defender Albert Watson.
In the match against the Cosmos, the script of the Eddies 2015 season repeated itself. Within 86 seconds of kickoff, FC Edmonton was already down a goal. In this young season, it’s already their fourth earliest goal they gave up as fans can only throw their hands up and laugh by now. Edmonton did get some redemption from the previous week by getting a poorly called penalty in their favour that Tomi Ameobi converted. After that, it went downhill fast as the Eddies makeshift backline with Kareem Moses at centre and rookie Allan Zebie on the left side. The final scored ended up being 4-2 and was probably Edmonton’s poorest showing over 90 minutes this year.
With a match against the Whitecaps on Wednesday in Vancouver, FC Edmonton had to travel cross-continent to play a top MLS side. Even though the ‘Caps decided to rest their starters, they still put out a capable side who were rested and had a lot of speed to catch an Eddies squad that was likely to be sluggish. Edmonton came out strong and even managed to score early in the match. They managed to hold the lead until late in the game and the score ended up being a well earned 1-1 draw.
Sunday starts a span of three home games in a week for FC Edmonton. A match against the San Antonio Scorpions should be exactly what the Eddies need right now. The Scorpions are at the bottom of the NASL table right now (albeit one point behind Edmonton) so it might afford them to rest a couple of their starters. Players like Boakai, Jalali and Granitto could get significant minutes this weekend. Don’t be shocked to see Watson return either, who should be back to full health now.
While the Scorpions are in last place this season, they are the reigning Soccerbowl champions. They are looking to turn their season around and have managed to give Edmonton fits in the past. Their last match saw the Eddies lose 3-0, and they were down to nine men. San Antonio will probably start quick and try to see if Edmonton will concede another early goal after a crazy week of travel.
It should be noted that San Antonio has a very strong Canadian connection as well. Their head coach is Alen Marcina, who was called up by the Canadian national team at one point. They also have a couple of former TFC and national team defender on their roster as well in Adrian Cann and Nana Attakora. The Scorpions also signed former Eddie Shaun Saiko last season, although he only played three games and was ultimately released midseason.
Photo courtesy of FC Edmonton.