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FC Edmonton aim to build on Newcastle victory in final preseason matchup with Stoke City U-23's

The Eddies wrap up their 13-day preseason tour of Manchester against Stoke City U-23’s following a 5-1 offensive outburst against Newcastle Reserves.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Mar 20, 2017

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND — FC Edmonton enters its final preseason match against Stoke City U-23’s, Tuesday, Mar. 21, following a strong offensive 5-1 performance against Newcastle United Reserves last Thursday.

The Eddies returned to Newcastle to face the Magpies this year after a well-fought 2-2 draw last preseason. Thursday’s victory comes in the third of four matches for the club in England this preseason and follows a 2-1 loss to a highly-skilled Burnley FC U-23 side.

“I think it’s a credit to the way we played [Newcastle] last year,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said of his team’s return to Tyneside. “It was a good match played in good spirit, so I think the players deserve credit for how they played last year and it’s always nice when you’re dealing with a massive club like [Newcastle].”

Nearing the end of its preseason, FC Edmonton’s preparation and performance is starting to show improvements ahead of the club’s North American Soccer League (NASL) home opener on the road against Jacksonville Armada FC on April 2.

“The team’s system is becoming more clear,” Miller added. “The players are certainly buying in to what we’re doing and that takes time. We’ve seen progression every training session. The guys are getting used to each other and there’s certain things that need to happen from a defensive point of view in certain areas of the park, and we’re seeing more of that.”

Newcastle Reserves Match Recap

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Five different Eddies found the scoresheet against the Magpies, including five straight goals from FC Edmonton after conceding the opener from a well-hit Newcastle chip in the first half.

Midfielder Ben Fisk scored a penalty won by Captain Nik Ledgerwood to equal the score in the first half before turning provider for the club’s second goal, sending a deflected cross to the right-side of the 18-yard-box for Nico di Biase to tap home. 

The Eddies continued their positive second-half performance when Dustin Corea’s well-struck rabona cross made its way to Sainey Nyassi, who laid the ball square to Sabri Khattab to finish into the far left corner of the net. Forward Jake Keegan scored shortly after with a right-footed strike to the right corner before Corea rounded out the 5-1 score after Nyassi set up the El Salvadorian international late in the match.

“It was nice to score a few goals from different players and earn more chances,” Miller said. “For us in possession, I thought the attitude and tempo of the game was played properly, and we have to look to do that every time we play.”

“If we can play at that pace, at that tempo, with that sort of quality in the NASL, we’ll be in the mix again this year.”

Stoke City Preview

FC Edmonton finishes off its preseason schedule on Tuesday against Stoke City U-23’s — a club whose physical play style will challenge the Eddies for the full 90 minutes. 

Canadian internationals Ben Fisk, Nik Ledgerwood and Adam Straith have all departed for Scotland to join up with the Canadian Men’s National Team while other Eddies recover from injuries suffered in the previous 11 days of competition.

“With the physicality, the pace and the tempo [of Stoke City], I expect this to be our toughest test,” Miller said. “With some players missing due to international duty and injuries it will be a big ask of the boys, but it’s one we look forward to.”

Following the Stoke match, the Eddies return to Edmonton on Mar. 23 to begin final preparations for its April 2 NASL home opener in Jacksonville against the Armada. FC Edmonton opens its home campaign at Clarke Stadium on Saturday, April 8 at 7:00 p.m., also against the Armada.

“This is exactly what preseason is all about,” Miller said. “Tomorrow there will be a few changes that give three new players the opportunity to play. I want to see the fitness and performance levels continue to improve. This is our last opportunity at a full 90 minutes before we return to Canada.”

FC Edmonton kicks off their 2017 NASL campaign, April 2! Home opener Saturday, April 8 at Clarke Stadium. For tickets and more information visit the FC Edmonton Fan Shop on Whyte Avenue, click HERE, call 780.700.2600 or visit www.fcedmonton.com/claimyourthrone.

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