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PREVIEW | FC Edmonton looks to use midweek momentum at home against Miami FC

After a midweek thriller in Brooklyn, the Eddies look to use home field advantage in another tough contest against NASL league-leaders Miami FC.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Jun 9, 2017

Eddies TV debuts with FC Edmonton club reporter Greyson Knutson catching up with the Eddies ahead of Saturday's match following a two-match road trip through Puerto Rico and New York.

EDMONTON, A.B. — The Eddies stormed back in dramatic fashion to take all three points on Wednesday against the NASL champion New York Cosmos, and now look to use Clarke Stadium to their advantage against a powerful Miami FC side on Saturday, June 10 at 7:00 PM MT.

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A four-goal second half in a 4-2 win over the Cosmos gave the Eddies a boost to confidence and a boost in the standings — up to sixth place and four points out of a playoff spot — as they return to Edmonton following a two-match road trip through Puerto Rico and Brooklyn keen to earn the club its first result over Miami in four meetings (0W-0D-4L). 

“[Miami] are the best team in the league, and no doubt the most expensively-assembled team in the NASL,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said. “We’ve watched them quite a few times this season and they have genuine quality and are well-prepared. They’ve got some terrific players in their team, but so do we. It’s about what we do on the day, and our mindset has to be positive.”

The Florida side has proven hard to beat through the first 10 matches of the season (6W-3D-1L) sitting atop the NASL Spring Season standings with a five-point lead. The two sides met once already this season in a 2-0 defeat for the Eddies back on April 29 at FIU Stadium. Real Valladolid loanee and Miami forward Vincenzo Rennella is tied for second in the NASL in goals (4) and tied for second in assists (3), with the club having quality in all areas of the park.

“It’s an exciting opposition and it’s easier to play against good players because you have to be switched on, aggressive and hungry to play,” Miller said. “If you sit back and wait to get beat, you’ll be beat. But if you go in and you’re on the front foot, if you’re aggressive and keep possession of the ball, we can cause any team problems with the pace and quality that we have. We did that on Wednesday night against the Cosmos and we need to do that again here tomorrow.”

Striker Tomi Ameobi added a brace in Wednesday’s 4-2 win over the Cosmos and knows the Eddies will make a case for all three points tomorrow if they’re able to replicate that form and play a similar, offensive game against the league leaders in goals against (8).

“It’s a massive confidence-booster, not just for myself but for the whole team,” Ameobi said of Wednesday’s result. “Not many people go into New York and score four goals. Everyone knows what [Miami’s] strengths are, but obviously off the back of that game against the Cosmos we know that if we play the same way and apply the same sort of mindset, we can come out with a good result tomorrow.”


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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