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PREVIEW | Eddies to rematch Indy Eleven in first road match of Fall Season

The Eddies travel to MAC Stadium for the second of a back-to-back with the Indy Eleven to begin the NASL Fall Season following a 2-1 loss in Edmonton last Saturday.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Aug 4, 2017

CARY, IN. — FC Edmonton look to avenge last Saturday’s North American Soccer League (NASL) Fall Season opening loss to the Indy Eleven when the Eddies travel to Indiana to rematch the Eleven on Saturday, August 5. Kick-off is at 5:30PM MT and can be seen live on beIN SPORTS USA and beIN SPORTS CONNECT.

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The Eddies and Eleven have matched up well over the years, and last Saturday was again no exception when Indy left Clarke Stadium with a 2-1 victory. The loss for FC Edmonton moved the season series to 1W-1D-1L, with both teams scoring and conceding three times over three matches to compensate for a scoreless 0-0 draw on May 6.

Striker Tomi Ameobi scored his fifth goal of the season in his 100th appearance for the Eddies to level the match at 1-1 before Eamon Zayed’s goal near the end of the first half became the difference despite a strong second-half push from FC Edmonton.

“We need to be a bit more up in pressure and do what we’re good at, because we got away from that in the first half [last Sunday],” said FC Edmonton centre-back Albert Watson, who missed last weekend’s match due to a suspension for yellow-card accumulation. “We gave up two disappointing goals and we need to be better in that perspective, and we will be better on Saturday. It’ll be tough going down there as they’re very good at home, so we have a big challenge ahead of us.”

Watson’s return from suspension is one of many that FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller will be embracing after a slew of injuries near the end of the Spring Season limited his options for selection. Both Nik Ledgerwood and Dustin Corea earned minutes in last Saturday’s loss after lengthy injury spells, and striker Daryl Fordyce went 66 minutes before subbing out for Jake Keegan as the Belfast, N.I. product gets back into the NASL speed of play following his return to Edmonton from FC Cincinnati.

“They’ve all missed a lot of football, but we’re risking further injury by making them play 90 minutes right off the start,” Miller said. “You’re also taking away minutes for guys who are fully fit and desperate to play.

“I thought all three substitutes [Jake Keegan, Ben McKendry and Dustin Corea] contributed very well to the team’s performance in the second half last Sunday. We’ll try to get more minutes for Ledgerwood, Fordyce and Corea as well this weekend because it’s in our benefit to get everyone as much playing time as we can because the bar has been raised now. Competition for places is something we haven’t had for months.”

Both left-back Netan Sansara and goalkeeper Nathan Ingham were unable to travel to Indianapolis due to respective back and shoulder injuries.

FC Edmonton’s next home match against the New York Cosmos on Friday, Aug. 11 is our EPS 125 match! Prior to kick-off, the Calgary and Edmonton Police Services will play in a Battle of Alberta for the Woodall Cup to celebrate the EPS’ 125th anniversary. Tickets are available at tickets.fcedmonton.com!

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