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PREVIEW | Eddies carry momentum into early Fall Season test against Cosmos

A 3-1 win on the road against the Indy Eleven boosts the Eddies confidence ahead of a home date with the NASL champion New York Cosmos on EPS 125 night.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Aug 10, 2017

EDMONTON, AB — Following a positive outing on the road in Indianapolis, FC Edmonton return home to host the 2016 North American Soccer League (NASL) Soccer Bowl champion New York Cosmos at Clarke Stadium on Friday, August 11. Kick-off is at 7:00PM MT and can be seen live on NASL.com and Facebook Live.

The Eddies left Michael A. Carroll Stadium last weekend with a 3-1 victory over the Indy Eleven, with winger Dustin Corea scoring a brace in his first start since June 17. The Salvadorean was joined by centre-backs Albert Watson and Abdoulaye Diakité, along with winger Ben Fisk, in the NASL Team of the Week. Fisk has played the role of contributor with three assists in his last four matches and is tied for the NASL lead in chances created with 32. Watson’s first of the season against the Eleven came in his return from suspension due to yellow card accumulation, and Diakité’s defensive performance earned the Senegalese defender NASL Player of the Week.

The Cosmos came out victors in the two clubs’ last meeting in the Spring Season finale on July 15, winning 1-0 on a 80th minute goal from Eric Calvillo in front of a sold-out Clarke Stadium crowd on Canada 150 night. The win splits the season series at 1W-1L after the Eddies went in to Brooklyn and trounced the Cosmos 4-2 at MCU Park back in early June.

Head coach Colin Miller has set his team’s sights on the Fall Season championship after a disappointing Spring Season that saw the Eddies take only 13 out of a possible 48 points, and for the first time this season has a fully fit and healthy squad to select from.

“It’s a luxury we haven’t had all season long,” Miller said of the squad fitness. “We have to take it one game at a time and we can’t get carried away with the result [last Saturday]. It was an excellent performance and a valuable three points, but that means nothing if we go back to schoolboy defending.

“We have to be at our best against the Cosmos, and if we answer the bell and start the way we did in [Indianapolis], we’ll match any team in this league. I really think that any team that can put together a sustained run will get into the playoffs.”

Prior to kick-off, both the Edmonton and Calgary Police Services compete for the 3rd annual Woodall Cup and celebrate the EPS’ 125th anniversary in a charity match at 3:35PM MT. The Woodall Cup was named in honour of fallen Constable Daniel Woodall, who was killed in the line of duty on June 8, 2015.

“I once had the honour in playing in the Woodall Cup, and I lasted about 27 minutes and I think my teeth were cramping up as well,” Miller said. “But it was a huge privilege and I’m a big fan of the [Edmonton Police Service] and do anything I can to support them. It’s a wonderful cause that came from a terrible tragedy, and long may it be a success.”

A ticket to Friday’s match between the Eddies and Cosmos includes free access to the Friday’s precursor ‘Battle of Alberta.’

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