FC Edmonton Head Coach Colin Miller Named Interim Canadian Men’s National Team Coach
Miller will lead Canada against Denmark and the USA this month
OTTAWA, On. (January 7, 2013) – The Canadian Soccer Association has announced that FCE Head Coach Colin Miller has been appointed Canada’s Men’s National Team head coach on an interim basis for the January camp and matches. The appointment will see Miller lead the Canadian side into its first camp of 2013, set to run 19-30 January in the USA, during which the team will face Denmark (26 January)
and the USA (29 January) in a set of International Friendly matches. “It has always been a privilege to represent Canada, as a player, team captain and coach, and I look forward to taking on the role of interim head coach for a second time,” said Miller. “I am honoured to have been selected by the Canadian Soccer Association, and thank FC Edmonton’s organization, particularly owner Tom Fath, for its support in this process.”
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Colin Miller has served as Canada’s assistant coach at the 2003 CONCACAF Gold Cup and as interim head coach in 2003 and 2004, in addition to holding different coaching positions with Canadian clubs. He has was named FC Edmonton’s Head Coach in November. “It is an amazing opportunity for me and great for FC Edmonton. This is the second time the CSA has asked
me to do this, and I’m alway happy to be considered for the job.” Miller also represented Canada as a player, making his debut at the national level at 18 years old. He represented Canada on numerous occasions, notably at the 1986 FIFA World Cup Mexico, three CONCACAF/FIFA World Cup Qualifiers (1990, 1992-93, 1998) and three CONCACAF Gold Cups (1991, 1993, 1996). He was the eighth footballer to
reach 50 appearances for Canada on 13 October 1996. He was inducted to The Soccer Hall of Fame (Canada) in 2005.
Off Season Player Signings Continue at FC Edmonton EDMONTON, Ab. (January 8, 2013) – FC Edmonton is pleased to announce three more signings the club has made as it continues to build the squad during the off season. NASL veteran and former Vancouver Whitecaps player Wesley Knight joined the team as a free agent. Knight spent the 2012 season with the NASL’s San Antonio Scorpions. The 5’11”, midfielder/defender played 27 games (2,312 minutes), including four against FC Edmonton, for the Scorpions. Continuing the club’s mandate of developing young talent, FC Edmonton has signed two players who were invited to the club’s combine in November. Canadian-Italian Massimo Mirabelli and American-Liberian Michel Okai will both join the team at training camp in mid-February. Mirabelli, 22, has been playing soccer in Brampton, Ontario since he was five. The 5’9” striker made his debut in the Canadian system when he was 18 and represented his country in the 2011 CONCACAF U-20 Championships in Guatemala. Okai is a former New York Red Bull reserve team player who was born in Monrovia, Liberia. The 23-year-old, 6’ striker has also played in South America and Japan. The two young players will have to make the team out of camp in order to secure their contracts.
Wes Knight and Shaun Saiko battle on May 27, 2012 at Clarke Stadium Photo: FC Edmonton
Michel Okai at FC Edmonton Combine Photo: FC Edmonton
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EDDIES KICK OFF 2013 NASL SEASON IN SOUTH FLORIDA MIAMI, Fla. (January 10, 2013) – The Eddies will start the 2013 season against a familiar opening day foe in the Fort Lauderdale Strikers on April 6. It’s the third season in a row that FC Edmonton has travelled to South Florida to face the Strikers at Lockhart Stadium on opening day. The Canadians begin the Spring Season with their longest road trek of the year, a 6,000-mile round trip. Last season at Lockhart Stadium an Andy Herron goal proved the difference in a 1-0 Strikers win, while Edmonton triumphed 2-1 in 2011. The Eddies will stay on the road for two more weeks, tak-
ing on the Carolina RailHawks in Cary (April 13) and the Minnesota Stars at the Metrodome (April 20). FC Edmonton’s NASL home opener will be Sunday, April 28 as the Eddies host the San Antonio Scorpions at Clarke Stadium (kick off 2 p.m.). The two teams that battled for the 2012 NASL championship face tough rematches of last year’s semifinals when the 2013 NASL Spring Season kicks off. The Tampa Bay Rowdies and Minnesota Stars both open at home, but face a stiff test out of the blocks, coming face to face with the teams they edged out of the playoffs by a single goal.
The reigning NASL champion Rowdies return to the Al Lang Stadium venue where they won the 2012 Soccer Bowl on penalty kicks to take on the Carolina RailHawks, the 2011 regular season champion and fourth place finisher last term. The Rowdies outlasted the RailHawks 5-4 on aggregate in the playoffs on their way to becoming crowned 2012 NASL champions. Defeated Soccer Bowl finalist the Minnesota Stars welcomes the team that topped the 2012 standings the San Antonio Scorpions in another mouth-watering clash to open their season. Last year, following a goalless draw at NSC Stadium, the Stars won 2-1 in San Antonio, overcoming a halftime deficit to earn a place in the Soccer Bowl. “I’m eager to watch the intriguing matchups unfold on opening weekend,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “I feel this is a schedule that will excite our fans because of the added pressure to win every game under
the new format. 2013 will be a milestone year for the NASL and our teams and I can’t wait for it to kick off.” The Atlanta Silverbacks have drawn the opening weekend bye and kickoff a week later, entertaining the Fort Lauderdale Strikers in their first home game on Saturday, April 13. When the action resumes in week two, the newly christened Toyota Field home of the San Antonio Scorpions will open with a baptism of fire, as the hosts take on the reigning champion Rowdies in their first home game on April 13. The Scorpions finished two points ahead of Tampa Bay in the 2012 regular season standings, the difference effectively coming as a result of a 4-0 thrashing of the Rowdies in August. Carolina also makes its home bow on April 13, as FC Edmonton visits, hoping to avenge a 3-2 loss suffered at WakeMed Soccer Park last season as the RailHawks grabbed two late goals to win.
After opening with three on the road, new head coach Colin Miller’s FCE team will then enjoy a three-game home stand punctuated by a bye week. The seven NASL teams active for the 2013 Spring Season will play each other once at home and once on the road in a 42-game season between April 6 and July 4. The team that tops the standings at the summer break will qualify for the 2013 Soccer Bowl as the host team. The Soccer Bowl will be held the weekend of November 16/17 and the Spring champion will be joined by the Fall Season champion. The New York Cosmos and Puerto Rico Islanders are poised to return to NASL action when the Fall Season kicks off on August 3. The one-month summer break will allow NASL teams to schedule exhibition games and occurs during the international transfer window that is open throughout much of Europe, Latin America and North America.
NASL Virginia Announces Team Name Finalists Loudoun-based club narrows field to Cavalry, Dominion, Stallions
ASHBURN, Va. – (January 3, 2013) – After thousands of suggested names poured into VIP Sports & Entertainment and NASL Virginia in just a few weeks, the candidate list has been narrowed for the contest’s final phase, Kick the Vote ’13. Starting today, soccer fans in Northern Virginia and around the globe are encouraged to cast their vote for one of the following three names: CAVALRY DOMINION STALLIONS The North American Soccer League franchise will debut in 2014, playing its home games at the forthcoming ballpark located at One Loudoun, immediately off the interchange of Route 7 and the Loudoun County Parkway in Ashburn, VA. NASL Virginia culled through a variety of fan-submitted names which reflect Virginia’s rich and storied history, including traditional soccer names as well as numerous unique and fun names. Ultimately, these three finalists were selected for best encapsulating the feel of this developing franchise. To learn more about why these names were selected, go to the NASL Virginia Fan’s Corner Blog at http://www.naslvirginia.com/fanscorner. VIP Sports & Entertainment and NASL Virginia offer several ways to voice your choice: Visit our website, NASLVirginia.com; post to our Facebook Page at facebook.com/NASLVirginia; send us a tweet with the hashtag #KickTheVote13; or make your pick via the NASL Virginia iPhone app, now available for free in the iTunes store. The contest will run until Monday, February 4, 2013, and the team name will be announced following a U.S. Men’s Soccer viewing party on February 6 – location to be announced shortly. NASL Virginia’s Name the Team Contest is
presented by Edelman Financial Services, Buffalo Wing Factory & Pub, Mountcastle Plastic Surgery and Sonak Family Chiropractic. “The name the fans pick as they Kick the Vote will set the identity of this organization for years to come,” said Mark Simpson, NASL Virginia’s Director of Soccer Operations. “All three of these names share a spirit and vitality that reflects the rapidly growing and vibrant community that is Northern Virginia. It is in the fans’ hands now!” By 2014, the NASL will consist of 11 teams and their split-season format will run from Spring to July 4, then Summer to early November, with the champion determined by the winner of the Spring Championship hosting the winner of the Fall Championship. VIP Sports & Entertainment will host at least 16 regular season home games in its Northern Virginia ballpark. “It is always amazing to me how responsive and supportive the fans are here in Northern Virginia,” said VIP S&E Chairman and Founder Bob Farren. “Through this contest and the interaction with the growing number of supporters, we are building something special here. I can’t wait to see how the fan’s vote and what name we will announce on February 6th!”
Islanders to Reorganize Operations in 2013 MIAMI, Fla. (December 21, 2012)– The Puerto Rico Islanders have informed the Board of Governors of the North American Soccer League (NASL) that it will not participate in the 2013 Spring Season. The team has decided to use that time to reorganize its operations.
“The NASL continues to grow and improve and as such our teams must also continue to grow and develop,” said NASL Commissioner Bill Peterson. “This reorganization will give the Islanders an opportunity to rejoin the NASL and contribute to its growth while proudly representing Puerto
Rico around the world. It is our intention to have the Islanders back on the field as soon as they have completed the process and we will provide whatever assistance is necessary to help them.” “We are very proud to be part of the NASL since its inception. Our goal at this moment is to organize properly in order to continue in August being part of the extraordinary expansion that our league is having,” said Andrés Guillemard-Noble, President of the Puerto Rico Islanders. The League will play the spring schedule with seven teams and then be joined by the New York Cosmos for the start of the fall season. The 2013 spring schedule is due to be released over the holiday period. In 2014, new teams in Ottawa and Virginia will begin NASL play.
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Canada WNT names roster for Yongchuan Cup OTTAWA Ont (January 4, 2014) Canada has announced its travel roster for the upcoming Yongchuan Cup - Four-Nation Women’s Tournament 2013 China PR. Canadian coach John Herdman has selected 21 players for the camp, with players departing North America this Sunday 6 January. The team will play international matches on 12, 14 and 16 January. Canada’s matches are 12 January against China PR (14.00 local / 01.00 ET on 12 January / 22.00 PT on 11 January), 14 January against Korea Republic (19.00 local / 06.00 ET / 03.00 PT), 16 January against Norway (17.00 local / 04.00 ET / 01.00 PT). All three matches will be played at the Yongchuan Olympic Center. For Herdman, the camp in China PR represents the start of a new campaign ultimately leading towards the FIFA Women’s World Cup Canada2015™. “It is the start of a new journey and it is time for new players who want to be part of that journey,” said Cana-
dian head coach Herdman. “We are trying to achieve a style of play and performance that the country can really enjoy. We have identified some gaps in our performances and we need to begin exploring the changes that will allow us to close those gaps.” This marks Canada’s first project of the 2013 international season. The roster features a mix of established players and young prospects. Twelve of the 21 players won bronze medals with Canada at last year’s London 2012 Women’s Olympic Football Tournament. Captain Christine Sinclair is included in the group, although she will not be eligible to play because of an international suspension. Amongst the younger players, seven of them have yet to make their international “A” debut. Those seven youngsters are defenders Kadeisha Buchanan and Shelina Zadorsky and midfielders/forwards Tiffany Cameron, Ashley Lawrence, Adriana Leon, Christabel Oduro and Nichelle Prince.
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GK- Karina LeBlanc | GK- Erin McLeod | SWE / Dalsjöfors G.o.I.F. CB- Kadeisha Buchanan | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles U-16 CB- Shelina Zadorsky | CAN / Toronto Lady Lynx CB- Emily Zurrer | SWE / Dalsjöfors G.o.I.F. FB- Robyn Gayle | FB- Bryanna McCarthy | USA / University of West Virginia FB- Lauren Sesselmann | FB- Rhian Wilkinson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner M- Kaylyn Kyle |
M- Ashley Lawrence | CAN / Erin Mills Mighty Eagles M- Diana Matheson | NOR / Lillestrøm SK Kvinner M- Christabel Oduro | CAN / Hamilton FC M- Sophie Schmidt | SWE / Kristianstads DFF M- Desiree Scott | CAN / WSA North Stars M- Chelsea Stewart | USA / UCLA F- Tiffany Cameron | USA / Ohio State University F- Adriana Leon | USA / University of Florida F- Nichelle Prince | CAN / Pickering SC F- Jodi-Ann Robinson | F- Christine Sinclair |
Members of Olympic Soccer Team to Train with Local Youth in Edmonton Edmonton, AB (January 14, 2013) – Members of Canada’s women’s Olympic soccer team will be in Edmonton on February 4 and 5 to train with local youth soccer players. Led by Lou Marsh Award winner and Olympic bronze medallist Christine Sinclair, and joined by Olympic teammates Karina LeBlanc, Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson, the two day event will be an opportunity for young athletes to train and interact with the nation’s best. Training sessions will include 400 young players from Edmonton
between the ages of 9 and 18 at the Commonwealth Field House. Tickets were sold out in less than 24 hours by the Edmonton Minor Soccer Association (EMSA) and its respective zones as well as the Edmonton Interdistrict Youth Soccer Association (EIYSA). On February 4, a press conference will take place at 11:00 AM in the City Room of Edmonton’s City Hall followed by a luncheon proudly presented by BMO at the Westin Hotel (10135 100 St.) which will be attended by the four Olympic heroes. Tickets for the luncheon will go on sale to groups
wishing to buy tables of 10 starting this week. “I’m looking forward to heading back to Edmonton because they have always been so warm and welcoming. Every time I have been there it has been an incredible experience. I know there is a lot of passion for the game there. We cannot wait to come in and share some of our experiences with the kids and community in these sessions,” stated Karina LeBlanc. Diana Matheson also shared her excitement about coming to Edmonton, “2012 was the best year of our
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lives, and we are honoured to have shared it with so many Canadians across the country. Now we want to keep that momentum going towards 2015, and to meet and inspire as many young soccer players as we can. We are excited to be coming to Edmonton to work with the next generation of Canadian soccer players!” The Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) will be holding a media call on January 22, 2013 (time TBD) to provide information on the event. Karina LeBlanc, Diana Matheson and Rhian Wilkinson will participate in the me-
dia call following their return from the Four Nations Cup in China. The ASA, the City of Edmonton and FC Edmonton have all been working together to proudly support the event. “The ASA is very excited to help bring these four Olympic Heroes to Edmonton. Youth soccer in Edmonton is growing and our two youth organizations, EMSA and EIYSA, coming together to provide this event to their members is incredible.”
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