FC Edmonton is pleased to announce the signing of four players for its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League (NASL) and the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.
The squad continues to fill out with players signing contracts prior to training camp, which kicks off March 6 in Arizona.
The four players signed are goalkeeper Rein Baart, midfielder Shaun Saiko, midfielder/striker Kyle Yamada and striker Michael Cox.
Baart is a 38-year-old goalkeeper from the Netherlands who brings plenty of high level professional experience to the fledgling club. He has played professionally in Holland since 1986 and the high points of his career include gaining promotion with VVV Venlo in 2007 and 2008 and playing in the UEFA Cup (now Europa Cup) with NEC Nijmegen.
Saiko is no stranger to the world of professional soccer either, despite his age. The 21-year-old Edmonton native spent two years prior to joining FC Edmonton in England with Middlesbrough. The talented midfielder has also pulled on the red and white jersey for Canada at the U15-U20 and U23 levels.
Yamada is a 27-year-old striker from Calgary. The midfielder/striker signed his first professional contract with FC Edmonton but he already has experience at the international level. Yamada represented Canada on the world stage as a member of the 2006 and 2009 Canadian National Beach Soccer Team.
Last but certainly not least, 19-year-old Michael Cox was a stand out striker during FC Edmonton’s 2010 exhibition season. The young Calgarian is now anxiously looking forward to his first season in professional soccer.
The club will continue to sign players throughout the week as it prepares for training camp.