In 30 minutes time for now, the new NASL franchise is planning to introduce FC Edmonton to the world. In a press conference scheduled at 1:30 Mountain Time, FC Edmonton will be answering question about the upcoming team. Still, this conference call is only going to be open to certain NASL officials and members of the Alberta press.
AC St. Louis Fanatic has learned that former Edmonton Driller’s defender and PSV Eindhoven manager, Dwight Lodeweges, will be introduced as the new manager of FC Edmonton. Lodeweges was born in Calgary, Alberta, though both of his parents were Dutch. Therefore, he started his soccer career with Go Ahead Eagles, an Eerste Divisie (2nd Division) team. He also played six matches with the Dutch U-20 team.
After his time at Go Ahead Eagles, he made the return trip back to Alberta where he played for the Edmonton Drillers between 1979 and 1982, where he played 96 matches and scored 10 goals. Other stints during his playing career included playing for the Montreal Manic and The Minnesota Strikers before returning to close his playing career out with the Go Ahead Eagles.
Lodeweges started his managerial career with the same club in 1989, first as the Youth Coach and then the Assistant Coach. He would become manager FC Zwolle, FC Groningen and a number of other clubs, including J-League club Nagoya Grampus.
In 2007, he entered the PVS Eindhoven system as an assistant coach for their youth club. He would move up the ranks and eventually become the head coach after the resignation of Huub Stevens. He would manage the team in 2009, but then moved to N.E.C., where he left in April of 2009.