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FC Edmonton

FC Edmonton
Full name FC Edmonton
Nickname(s) FCE, FCEd, The Eddies, The Rabbits
Founded 2010
Stadium Clarke Stadium
Edmonton, Alberta
Owners Dave Fath
Tom Fath
Head Coach Colin Miller
League North American Soccer League
2014 Spring Season: 9th
Fall Season: 3rd
Website Club home page

FC Edmonton is a Canadian professional soccer team based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. Founded in 2010, the team plays in the North American Soccer League (NASL), the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid.

The team plays its home games at Clarke Stadium, and is coached by Colin Miller. The club's colours are blue and white.


FC Edmonton was launched in February 2010 by Tom and Dave Fath.[1] The team spent 2010 preparing for its first competitive season in 2011, signing players, establishing the coaching and administrative setup, and playing in exhibition games. FC Edmonton played its first game on June 16 at Foote Field against the Montreal Impact, winning 3–0. In 2010 they scheduled five friendlies against American and Canadian clubs and three other international sides (Portsmouth FC, Victoria Highlanders FC, Colo-Colo). The team also played an honorary match against the Canadian Armed Forces team, on Canada Day, July 1, 2010.

In December 2010 the club's first head coach, Dwight Lodeweges, and assistant coach Hans Schrijver left Edmonton for a job in Japan. Harry Sinkgraven was appointed as new head coach shortly thereafter.[2]

The team played its first competitive game on April 9, 2011, a 2–1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers. The first goal in club history was scored by Shaun Saiko.[3]

Hans Schrijver rejoined the team as an assistant in 2012. Sinkgraven and Schrijver were released by the club on September 28, 2012 after the team missed the playoffs.[4]

Colours and badge

The Fath Sports design team along with their families and FC Edmonton personnel were all instrumental in the logo design. “We used the City of Edmonton blue colour with our own signature therefore, we created the logo with a classical yet traditional look with an underlying strength (blue and black) to attract the North American but more specifically the Canadian fans” declared Tom Fath, founder of FC Edmonton. “We wanted to make certain the logo signifies the colours of our proud city while incorporating the Canadian flag at the same time, the shield represents tradition stated Dave Fath, co-founder of FC Edmonton.


The team has played in Clarke Stadium since the 2012 season. FC Edmonton has expanded the capacity of Clarke from 1,200 to over 5,000 with temporary seat-back and bleacher seating.[5] For "marquee games" Edmonton occasionally plays at the much larger Commonwealth Stadium, which has a capacity of 60,081. The club's inaugural game in the 2011 Canadian Championship against Toronto FC was held at Commonwealth on April 27, 2011.

FC Edmonton formerly played its home games at Foote Field, a 3,500-seater stadium which is the centrepiece of a multi-purpose sports facility on the University of Alberta campus which was initially built as a legacy facility for the 2001 World Championships in Athletics. It was named for University of Alberta alumnus, former varsity track athlete, and philanthropist Eldon Foote, who donated $2 million toward the construction costs.[6]

In 2013, the team made a proposal to Edmonton city council for a new soccer-specific stadium in the 8,000 to 10,000 capacity range.[7][8]

Club culture

Supporters' Groups

The FC Edmonton Supporters Group (FCESG) was formed in early 2010 by four members of the Canadian national soccer supporters group, the Voyageurs in response to the announcement that Edmonton had been granted a professional soccer club playing in the North American Soccer League (NASL). Similar in nature to U-Sector and the Red Patch Boys in Toronto, the Vancouver Southsiders, the FCESG attempts to bring some of the "European-style" atmosphere by standing, chanting and generally supporting FC Edmonton during home games played at Foote Field and at Commonwealth Stadium. FCESG also gather at Sports Central Bar and Grill in Edmonton to watch FC Edmonton away games.[9]

The FCESG also developed a friendly rivalry between the Dark Clouds (Supporters Group of the Minnesota Stars FC) during the 2011 season. FCESG and the Dark Clouds participate in the Flyover Cup by cheering on the respective clubs. Both groups have raised funds for charities in the opposing clubs city.

The supporters also recognize sometimes-mascot "Rally Rabbit", "Eddie Bunny", or "Eddie Jackalope", a character based on a rabbit that wandered onto the field during a June 2011 game against the Montreal Impact.[10] The team even included a rabbit imprint on some match tickets in 2011.

Development System

In 2013, FC Edmonton partnered with the Alberta Soccer Association (ASA) to offer a strategic soccer program for the local youth. Their goal is to provide top quality training and guidance that follow CSA mandate for long term player development. The FC Edmonton ASA youth academy is for both boys and girls under seventeen. The academy offers the U10/U12 Mini Stars Program, the U13-U15 Winter Training Programs, and the U15-U17 Programs. The venture has currently placed youth training in both Edmonton and Calgary.[11][12]


FC Edmonton main rivalry is with the only other Canadian team in the league, Ottawa Fury FC. The league "All-Canadian derby", also named "the battle of Canada",[13] is played several times a year, during both, the regular NALS season and the annual Canadian Championship.

All-Canadian Derby Record:

The following table lists the history of official meetings between FC Edmonton and Ottawa Fury FC, updated to the most recent derby of October 18, 2014 (Ottawa Fury FC - FC Edmonton 0–2)
Matches Ottawa wins draws Edmonton wins Ottawa goals Edmonton goals
NASL (2014-) 3 1 1 1 1 3
Canadian Championship (2014-) 2 0 1 1 1 3
Total Official matches 5 1 2 2 2 6


As of the 2014 spring season, FC Edmonton home matches are televised on City Edmonton, where Gareth Hampshire and Steven Sandor provide commentary. The audio from these matches is simulcast on 101.7 World FM.[14]

Matches were previously televised on Sportsnet 360 in the 2013 season. Radio broadcasts were formally broadcast on The Team 1260, the local sports radio station from 2011 to 2013.

As with all teams in the NASL, FC Edmonton webcasts of all their home games. They are available to view on NASL Live, a subscription service that broadcast every NASL game.[15] Matches were previously available to view for free through the team's Ustream channel.

Players and staff

Current roster

As of July 12, 2014[16]

No. Position Player Nation
3 Defender Edward, EdsonEdson Edward      Canada
5 Defender Watson, AlbertAlbert Watson (captain)     Northern Ireland
8 Midfielder Jones, RitchieRitchie Jones      England
9 Forward Jalali, SadiSadi Jalali      Canada
10 Midfielder Blanco, MiltonMilton Blanco      United States
12 Defender Moses, KareemKareem Moses      Trinidad and Tobago
13 Forward Jonke, FrankFrank Jonke      Canada
14 Midfielder Raudales, CristianCristian Raudales      Honduras
15 Defender Roberts, MallanMallan Roberts      Canada
16 Forward Fordyce, DarylDaryl Fordyce (vice-captain)     Northern Ireland
17 Midfielder Laing, LanceLance Laing      Jamaica
18 Forward Ameobi, TomiTomi Ameobi      England
19 Midfielder Boakai, HansonHanson Boakai      Canada
20 Midfielder Burt, ChadChad Burt      United States
21 Goalkeeper Farago, TysonTyson Farago      Canada
22 Defender Nonni, MichaelMichael Nonni      Canada
23 Goalkeeper Smits, JohnJohn Smits      Canada
24 Defender Navarro, BetoBeto Navarro      United States
25 Defender Aleksic, MarkoMarko Aleksic      Canada
26 Goalkeeper Kaiswatum, ChristianChristian Kaiswatum      Canada


  • Colin MillerHead Coach
  • Rod Proudfoot – General Manager
  • Jeff Paulus – Assistant Coach
  • Darren Woloshen – Goalkeeping Coach
  • Andeas Morse – Team Administrator
  • Jose Jimenez – Athletic Therapist
  • Shohei Miyauchi – Assistant Athletic Therapist
  • Dr. Terry De Freitas – Team Physician

Notable former players

Head coaches

Team records

Team records

NASL regular season only, as of November 2, 2014

Top goalscorers

League, & Canadian Championship
# Pos. Name Nation Career NASL Playoffs CC Total
1 Midfielder Shaun Saiko  Canada 2011–13 18 0 0 18
2 Forward Daryl Fordyce  Northern Ireland 2013– 11 2 13
3 Forward Kyle Porter  Canada 2011–12 12 0 0 12
4 Forward Michael Cox  Canada 2011–13 8 0 1 9
5 Midfielder Lance Laing  Jamaica 2013– 8 0 8
6 Forward Tomi Ameobi  England 2014– 6 1 7
7 Midfielder Neil Hlavaty  United States 2013–14 5 0 5
8 Forward Yashir Pinto  Chile 2012 3 1 4
Midfielder Chris Nurse  Guyana 2013 3 1 4
Forward Paul Craig  Canada 2011–12 4 0 0 4

Last updated: November 2, 2014.
CC = Canadian Championship
Bolded players are currently on the FC Edmonton roster.

Most appearances

League, & Canadian Championship
# Pos. Name Nation Career NASL Playoffs CC Total
1 Defender Antonio Rago  Canada 2011–13 68 1 4 73
2 Midfielder Shaun Saiko  Canada 2011–13 65 1 5 71
3 Midfielder Neil Hlavaty  United States 2013–14 51 6 57
4 Midfielder Lance Laing  Jamaica 2013– 51 5 56
5 Defender Paul Hamilton  Canada 2011–12 50 1 4 55
Midfielder Chris Kooy  Canada 2011–12 50 1 4 55
Forward Michael Cox  Canada 2011–13 51 1 3 55
8 Forward Kyle Porter  Canada 2011–12 48 4 52
9 Forward Daryl Fordyce  Northern Ireland 2013– 44 6 50
Defender Albert Watson  Northern Ireland 2013– 46 4 50

Last updated: November 2, 2014.
CC = Canadian Championship
Bolded players are currently on the FC Edmonton roster.



Year NASL Regular season Season
Soccer Bowl
Top Scorer Avg. Attendance
P W L D GF GA Pts Player Goals
2011 28 10 12 6 35 40 36 5th Quarter-finals Semifinals Did not qualify Shaun Saiko 9 1,817
2012 28 5 13 10 26 36 25 8th Did not qualify Semifinals Did not qualify Shaun Saiko 7 1,492
Spring 2013 12 3 4 5 13 12 14 5th Did not qualify Semifinals Did not qualify Daryl Fordyce 5 2,437
Fall 2013 14 3 4 7 13 14 16 6th
Spring 2014 9 2 5 2 11 11 8 9th Did not qualify Semifinals Did not qualify Lance Laing 7 3,384
Fall 2014 18 8 5 5 23 18 29 3rd

See also


  1. ^ Edmonton gets NASL team in 2011
  2. ^ FC Edmonton announce Harry Sinkgraven head coach
  3. ^ Terry Jones, Qmi Agency. "FC Edmonton open with win". Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ "FC Edmonton Releases Coaching Staff | North American Soccer League". Retrieved October 28, 2012. 
  5. ^ Rodrigues, Angelique. "New soccer stadium decision in Edmonton will wait a year | Edmonton | News". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Amenities - Faculty of Physical Education - University of Alberta". Retrieved May 27, 2013. 
  7. ^ Rodrigues, Angelique. "New soccer stadium decision in Edmonton will wait a year | Edmonton | News". Edmonton Sun. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  8. ^ "FC Edmonton looking for new indoor soccer stadium | CTV Edmonton News". January 28, 2013. Retrieved March 7, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Supporters get behind FC Edmonton – Edmonton Examiner – Alberta, CA". Edmonton Examiner. April 27, 2011. Retrieved February 28, 2012. 
  10. ^ "Rally Rabbit". FC Edmonton. April 20, 2012. Retrieved February 25, 2013. 
  11. ^ "2013-2014 Academies". FC Edmonton. 
  12. ^ "FC Edmonton and ASA partner up to offer Soccer Development Program in Calgary". FC Edmonton. 
  13. ^ "Ottawa Fury FC - All Canadian Derby". 
  14. ^
  15. ^
  16. ^ "FC Edmonton Roster". Retrieved July 12, 2014. 
  17. ^ FC Edmonton announces coaching staff

External links

  • Official website
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