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FC Edmonton Announces Summer International Friendlies for 2010

The FC Edmonton franchise begins NASL play in 2011, but they signed a coach with international experience, Dwight Lodeweges in February and  have signed a squad to play friendlies this summer to prepare for the upcoming season.  Here is an announcement concerning their summer schedule of international friendlies for 2010.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010
FC Edmonton announces three friendly matches
2010 Edmonton Cup to be played June 21st vs. Portsmouth
EDMONTON, AB – FC Edmonton today announced the dates of three international “friendly” matches to be played in Edmonton.
FC Edmonton will host Chilean giant Colo-Colo on June 20th at Commonwealth Stadium, Brazil’s Vitória of Brazil’s premier division on June 27th at Foote Field and finally Portsmouth FC formerly of the English Premier League on July 21st at Commonwealth Stadium for the 2010 Edmonton Cup.
June 20 Colo-Colo, Chile Commonwealth Stadium
June 27 Vitoria, Brazil Foote Field
July 21 Portsmouth, UK Commonwealth Stadium

Club Social y Deportivo Colo-Colo, one of the top thirty soccer clubs in the world, is the only Chilean club to have played in every season of the Primera Division; they have never been relegated. Colo-Colo has won a combined total of 46 titles since their formation 85 years ago.
Esporte Clube Vitória’s mascot is the imperial lion, chosen as a symbol of strength and speed, characteristic of successful teams. Success has certainly been the hallmark of this, the oldest of sports clubs in Brazil. Since their first professional match in September 1903, Vitória of the Brasileirão (Premier Division) has won over 30 titles including 26 state championships; four-in-a-row since 2007.
Portsmouth FC played seven consecutive seasons in the English Premier League, but was just relegated to the Football League Championship (the Championship) this year. Twice English champions and FA Cup winners, Pompey are the most successful southern club outside of London.
The Edmonton Cup
The first Edmonton Cup was a friendly soccer match that took place on July 25, 2009 at Edmonton’s Commonwealth Stadium to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Alberta Soccer Association. Argentina’s River Plate beat England’s Everton FC 1-0 in a game billed as Argentina vs. England. Ariel Ortega chipped Carlo Nash to score the only goal.
Tickets on Sale
Details on sale of tickets for these matches will be announced soon. Tickets for the exhibition season are now on sale via telephone at 780-439-7529, or fans can send their contact information online at http://www.fcedmonton.com.


One Response

  1. What does “NASL play” in 2011 mean? That they are playing in the USSF D2 NASL conference for 2011?

    NASL is not sanctioned for D2 status, neither is USL. This is pure speculation at this point as to whether NASL will get sanctioned.

    With Vancouver gone, and the likelihood that AC St. Louis and Baltimore will be gone for 2011 as well, that is a 37.5% reduction in teams for 2011. This does not count Rochester or possibly another NASL Conference team that is dissatisfied with NASL at the moment.

    We are a long way from 2011.

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