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The road to another North American Soccer League playoff berth commences Sunday afternoon in Florida for FC Edmonton. FC Edmonton will then host the Armada in their home opener on April 8 at Clarke Stadium.
squad is raring to go, the fitness levels in England were very good, but they will be tested to the maximum this weekend, said FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller. go from this temperature here in Edmonton to there, where it will be hot, plus the humidity, that going to be the biggest factor. The team is playing very confident at the moment, they are training very well and I very excited to see how it all fits together. Edmonton returned in high spirits after a two week tour of England where they played four exhibition games against professional clubs.
FC Edmonton defeated Wigan Athletic FC Reserves 2 0, lost 2 1 to Burnley FC U 23, defeated Newcastle United FC Reserves 5 1 and lost to 4 0 to Stoke City U 23.
Overall, the trip was very productive for Miller and his side, who hope to use the exhibition schedule as a springboard to a strong start in league play.
Manchester trip, we built a lot of confidence, we saw that we match up well against some top quality opposition, FC Edmonton midfielder Ben Fisk said. feeling confident, but don want to get too ahead of ourselves. It a long season, but with the three draws last weekend on opening weekend of the (NASL) season, it an opportunity for us to go down there, hopefully get the three points, and start the season off on a high. NASL season began a week ago with six of the eight teams in action. FC Edmonton and Jacksonville are the last two teams to kick off their season.
have made one or two changes, Miller said. are being run by the league at this moment and time, so their resources are pretty stretched down there because the league is funding them. They had an indifferent preseason, they won a few games, but they haven played the same calibre of opposition that we have played. season the NASL has a different look with Minnesota United FC, the Tampa Bay Rowdies and Ottawa Fury leaving the league. The San Francisco Deltas are new to the league this season, which will again feature a split season format with 16 games in each the Spring and Fall Season.
have to genuine believe we can go down to Jacksonville and get the three points (for a win), Miller said. guys are excited about it. We be very well prepared going there. are going into the year off their best season to date. The club qualified for the NASL playoffs for the first time since the league went to a split season format in 2013.
FC Edmonton finished third in the Spring Season last year, a point off the leaders and then third in the Fall Season standings.
Edmonton went on to face the Indy Eleven in the league semifinal, losing 1 0 in Indianapolis. Heading into this season, the initial goal for Edmonton is to host a playoff game, and from there, work towards an NASL championship.
Unlike last season, however, FC Edmonton won be underestimated by the rest of the league, which includes heavy spenders like the New York Cosmos, Indy Eleven and Miami FC.
think it goes both ways, Fisk said. think last year we kind of played like an underdog, so I think this year we can kind of go out in games, take control and impose ourselves in games. Teams are going to expect a bit more from us and be ready for us. For me personally, I excited for it and I think the rest of the guys are as well.