CASA GRANDE, Arizona – After about six months of kicking each other, FC Edmonton finally got some game action in against an unfamiliar foe Monday night in Arizona.
MLS finalists FC Dallas rolled in to Casa Grande for a preseason game against FCE and left with a 3-0 victory, but despite the loss, Head Coach Harry Sinkgraven saw some positive signs from his squad who were perhaps unlucky not to net a goal against a team who has been playing outdoor games together since the middle of January.
“We played an MLS team who have been training for two months outside, we’ve been training for two days so of course we knew it was going to be a tough game,” Sinkgraven said. “We saw some good things and we also saw some mistakes but we have time to work on them. It’s our second day outside and we have to take our time to improve and to become a better team.”
FC Edmonton played a split squad game with mass substitutions at halftime. Midfielder Chris Kooy played the first half and was both pleased and disappointed with the result.
“It was great to be outside but as far as the game went, we could have started out a bit quicker,” Kooy admitted. “It took us a little bit to get in to it and that showed in the score line as we went down early.”
FC Dallas opened the scoring in the third minute and doubled their lead in the 24th. But after the second goal FCE started to get into the game and shut Dallas’ scorers down for the rest of the first half.
“It’s not an excuse but it was our first game,” Kooy said. “We can only improve, we can only get better so we have lots to look forward to.”
FC Dallas scored the third and final goal of the game in the 60th minute but FC Edmonton had its fair share of chances in the second half.
Nineteen players have signed with FC Edmonton so far and the team is taking a look at five other trialists during training camp. Daniel Antoniuk is one of those trialists and the 6’3” Striker made a mark in his first performance as he came on in the second half.
“It’s always good when people have to compete for spots,” said the Philadelphia native. “A lot of people having to compete for spots makes the team better and it’s only my second day here so there’s still a lot to see and a lot of chemistry to build so I’m excited.”
Tuesday morning is back to training for FC Edmonton as they prepare for their next game against the University of New Mexico on Thursday.