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Week 9 NASL Game Stats

From NASL press release.

 Montreal Impact 2-0 FC Edmonton

Saputo Stadium, Montreal


Montreal: Mignane Diouf (Antonio Ribeiro), 34

Montreal: Phillipe Billy (Leonardo Di Lorenzo) , 82


FC Edmonton: Baart, 80

Montreal Impact FC Edmonton

Corners 5 1

Shots 16 6

Shots on goal 6 2

Fouls 10 6

Offsides 0 6

Montreal Impact:

Bill Gaudette, Philippe Billy, Hicham Aaboubou, Kevin Hatchi, Richard Pelletier (Zurab Tsiskaridze, 28), Anthony Le Gall, Hassoun Camara, Antonio Ribeiro (David Testo, 81), Leonardo Di Lorenzo, Reda Agourram (Pierre-Rudolph Mayard, 73), Mignane Diouf

FC Edmonton:

Rein Baart, Paul Hamilton, Paul Mathijs, Niko Saler, Shaun Saiko, Chris Kooy, Dominic Oppong (Lance Parker, 80), Kyle Porter, Paul Craig (Daniel Antoniuk, 76), Shawn Chin (Michael Cox, 64)



Match Facts:

 Both Montreal victories this season are against FC Edmonton

 Mignane Diouf recorded his first NASL goal

 Rein Baart was sent off for the second time this season against Montreal
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NASL Week 7 Recap

NSC Minnesota Stars 2-0 Puerto Rico Islanders
National Sports Center, Blaine, Minn
NSC Minnesota Stars: Justin Davis (Ely Allen) 62, Devin Del Do (Lucas Rodriguez) 73
Puerto Rico Islanders: Cunningham 65, Salem 85, Fana 90
NSC Minnesota Stars Puerto Rico Islanders
Corners 6 5
Shots 13 7
Shots on goal 4 6
Fouls 9 12
Offsides 5 4
NSC Minnesota Stars: Joe Warren, Cristiano Diaz, Justin Davis, Chris Clements, Kyle Altman, Neil Hlavaty, Andrei Gotsmanov, Ely Allen (Amani Walker, 86), Lucas Rodriguez, Jeff Cosgriff (Devin Del Do, 60), Simone Bracalello (Tino Nunez, 80)
Puerto Rico Islanders: Ray Burse, Richard Martinez, Jamie Cunningham, Logan Emory, Kevon Villaroel, Osei Telesford (Joseph Salem, 79), Aaron Pitchkolan (Leonard Ly, 79), David Foley, Jarad Van Schaik (Matt Bouraee, 69), Jonathan Fana, Noah Delgado
Attendance: 1,030
Match Facts:
The Stars are undefeated at home this year outscoring their opponents 7-2
9 different players have scored for the Stars this year
The Islanders lost their first two games of the season in back to back games being outscored 5-0
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NASL Week in Review

From the NASL.com website.

NASL Week in Review
Posted on Mon, Apr 25, 2011



Scoring Summary

CAR: Etienne Barbara, 19’

CAR: Nick Zimmerman, 76’

Attendance: 1,181


CAROLINA: GK Brad Knighton, D Kupono Low, D John Krause, D Brad Rusin, D Devon McKenney, M Floyd Franks, M Brian Farber (Cory Elenio, 49’), M Matt Watson, M Nick Zimmerman, F Pablo Campos (Jonny Steele, 68’) F Etienne Barbara (Allan Russell, 74’)

EDMONTON: GK Rein Baart, D Alex Suprenant (Andre Duberry, 75’), D Paul Hamilton, D Dominic Oppong, D Antonio Rago (Kyle Yamada, 79’), M Shaun Saiko, M Chris Kooy, M Sam Lam, F Chris Lemire, F Conrad Smith, F Daniel Antoniuk
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FC Edmonton Play First Preseason Match

From the NASL website.

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.
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FC Edmonton Announce Four Signings

From the NASL website.

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.

Harry Sinkgraven Named New Coach of FC Edmonton

From the NASL website.

“When Dwight and Hans first told us about Harry, we felt like he would be the perfect coach to pick up where the two left off,” said General Manager Mel Kowalchuk. “Harry has gone through the same Dutch coaching program as Hans and even has experience working with both Dwight and Hans back in Holland. We’re happy to get him signed and expect the transition to be almost seamless.”

Sinkgraven has experience coaching at the U20 level for the Dutch Football Association, the Dutch Premier Division as well as the First Division. He also coached the National Olympic Team of Indonesia in 2006.

Sinkgraven began his career in professional football in 1988 as a player for FC Groningen in the Dutch Premier Division. He followed that with stints at SC Cambuur, where he achieved promotion from the Dutch First Division to the Premier League, and finally with FC Zwolle.
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Will AC St. Louis Play in 2011?

The NASL General Meetings have been concluded and the application for sanctioning of the league by the USSF as the Division 2 league in the United States has been sent.  Eight franchises are included in the applications — Miami FC, FC Tampa Bay, the Carolina RailHawks, 2010 USSF D2 champion Puerto Rico, the Montreal Impact , FC Edmonton, NSC Minnesota and the Atlanta Silverbacks.  The AC St. Louis franchise that played in 2010 was not included in that group. 

Will there be an active NASL franchise in St. Louis for the 2011 season?  From what I can put together, AC St. Louis will be part of NASL in 2011 IF there is a different owner or ownership group in place.  St. Louis is considered a prime market for Division 2 professional men’s soccer.  However, to put it mildly, it’s not a well-kept secret that NASL owners are less than enamored of current AC St. Louis owner Jeff Cooper and the way the franchise was run in 2010.  As has been reported by Brian Quarstad in several articles on his Inside Minnesota Soccer blog, Cooper has been in negotiations with St. Louisan Ryan Woods to sell the team.  So far, there has been no announcement of the finalization of that sale.  As Brian has pointed out, there is no reason why more teams could not be added from the original eight that are part of the sanctioning bid by NASL.
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