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Confidence high ahead of visit from league-leading Miami FC

With a big three points in New York under their belts, the Eddies can begin to look up the table, not down.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Jun 8, 2017

The Eddies took over in Wednesday’s 4-2 victory against the NASL champion New York Cosmos in Brooklyn with four goals in the second half, setting the stage for an all-important match at Clarke Stadium this Saturday, June 10 against league-leading Miami FC.

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Goalkeeper Nathan Ingham got all the help he needed from his teammates in the victory, making four stops and saving a penalty in his NASL debut.

“It’s a big moment and I feel like it’s been a long time coming,” Ingham said. “I’ve been waiting a long time for my opportunity and I was ready and excited for it. The coaching staff and the players all had my back and supported me, which made it that much more of a special moment.

“It was a full team effort. I made a few saves but having the guys score four was huge for us.”

Trailing 1-0 in the 68th minute to up 2-1 just ten minutes later highlighted what was a chaotic second half at MCU Park, with tensions on the pitch reaching critical levels with two red cards to the Cosmos. But just as FC Edmonton responded positively from a one-goal deficit, the players made a calm and collective approach to the flurry of action to post the club’s biggest result of the NASL season.

“Not many people were expecting us to go into New York and get the result that we did. It wasn’t an easy task,” said FC Edmonton midfielder Mauro Eustaquio, who started his second-straight match for the Eddies in Wednesday’s win. “We did pretty well in the first half getting organized and finding our defensive balance, and we were unlucky to concede the goal at the end of the first half.”

Heading into the break down a goal, the Eddies didn’t count themselves out. After addressing their disappointments with the goal conceded, the players returned to the pitch ready to fight their way back into match.

“I think the team reacted well,” Eustaquio added. “We had a good, positive talk in the locker room and reacted well off of it. Things started to go our way.”

The club’s first road victory against the Cosmos rectifies a tough 3-0 result five days prior in Puerto Rico and provides a big boost to club confidence ahead of Saturday’s opportunity to pull back into the conversation in the NASL standings against a Miami side that FC Edmonton have yet to break in its history (0W-0D-4L).

“Going into the [New York] game we knew it would be tough, and it was one of those games you start with no pressure on you,” said forward Tomi Ameobi, who bagged a two-goal performance for the Eddies in the victory. “The loss in Puerto Rico was a big blow because we expected to do much better. Losing 3-0 to them, we knew we needed a reaction. [Head coach Colin Miller] demanded more from us, and we wanted more from ourselves as well.”

With a big three points in hostile territory now under their belts, the Eddies can begin to look up the table, not down.

“It changes the way we look at things now,” Ingham added. “You have more of an optimistic outlook, and instead of looking how far down you are in the table you start looking up. You can feel a shift in the locker room, but you have to show up and give that same effort that helped you get this opportunity.”


FC Edmonton celebrates all minor soccer coaches this Saturday, June 10 when the Eddies take on first place Miami FC at Clarke Stadium at 7:00 PM! Thank the coach in your community by giving him the gift of professional soccer in Edmonton. First 150 coaches through the gate wearing their team's crest or with a player card will receive a special edition, custom coach polo, with many more fun events ahead!

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