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PREVIEW | Eddies host Cosmos on Canada 150 night to wrap up Spring Season

In addition to capping off the NASL Spring Season this Saturday, FC Edmonton will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a number of Canada-related promotions including a special reveal unique to FC Edmonton and North American soccer.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Jul 14, 2017

EDMONTON, AB. — Following a heroic 2-1 comeback win over North Carolina FC a week prior, FC Edmonton looks to use its boisterous home crowd at Clarke Stadium again on Saturday, July 15 for Canada 150 night when the North American Soccer League (NASL) champion New York Cosmos visit Alberta’s capital. Gates open at 5:30PM ahead of the 7:00PM MT kickoff and the match can be streamed on NASL.com and Facebook Live.

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Down 1-0 with less than 20 minutes remaining last Friday, striker Tomi Ameobi added his fourth goal of the season to end 438 minutes of scoreless soccer before midfielder Mauro Eustaquio scored his first as an Eddie to complete the comeback against North Carolina FC and secure the Eddies all three points. Heading into Canada 150 night, FC Edmonton aim to end the 2017 NASL Spring Season on a high note, set themselves up for a Fall Season push and win back-to-back games for the first time this season.

“Every point is going to be a prisoner now,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said. “I believe the result [against North Carolina FC] was coming with the chances we’d been creating and the bad luck that we had. The spirit is great in the group, and it has been all season long.”

Clarke Stadium has been a tough venue for the Cosmos recently, losing their last three visits to Edmonton all by a 2-1 scoreline. But the Eddies have yet to find their consistent form at home in 2017, conceding a goal in seven consecutive home matches while the Cosmos have conceded in six-straight matches — the longest streak in their history.

It’s the first meeting between the two sides in Edmonton this season and the first since a 4-2 thriller in Brooklyn on June 7 where the Eddies scored two goals and the Cosmos were reduced to nine men in the span of 10 minutes in the second half.

“Some people forget that we were actually 2-1 up before they had two players sent off,” Miller added. “We had got ourselves back into the game by being well-organized defensively, and that will be the message again here Saturday night. Everyone knows they’re last seasons champions and rightly so. They had a terrific year last season.”

The Eddies will feel the effects of injuries, suspensions and leaves of absence this Saturday with only 13 players set to be in Miller’s game-day squad. Centre-back Abdoulaye Diakité is suspended due to yellow card accumulation, meaning Karsten Smith comes in on the left of centre-defence and Albert Watson moves on to his better right side.

“At this moment in time we have 13 players,” Miller commented on the short line-up. “The amount of players we have injured, suspended or out of town for legitimate reasons is something I haven’t seen since my days at [Hamilton Academical FC] when I was a manager there. It’s the worst I’ve experienced but I can assure you by the time the guys come back from their break, we should have almost a full squad back fit and available.”

In addition to capping off the NASL Spring Season this Saturday, FC Edmonton will celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with a number of Canada-related promotions including a special reveal unique to FC Edmonton in North American soccer. The crowds at Clarke this Spring Season have been electric this season and tickets for Saturday’s finale are going fast! Secure your seats online at tickets.fcedmonton.com.

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