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PREVIEW | Eddies, Puerto Rico FC meet on neutral ground in Kissimmee

The match was rescheduled and moved to central Florida after the arrival of Hurricane Maria earlier in the month.
Jamie Umbach (@JamieUmbach) | Oct 24, 2017

KISSIMMEE, FL. — The neutral site of Austin Tindall Park in Kissimmee, FL. is set to play host host to a make-up match between FC Edmonton and Puerto Rico FC on Wednesday, October 25 at 5:00PM MT as the Eddies close out their 2017 North American Soccer League (NASL) season with two-straight road matches. The match can be streamed live on NASL.com.

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Originally slated for September 20 at Estadio Juan Ramon Loubriel, the match was rescheduled and moved to central Florida after the arrival of Hurricane Maria earlier in the month meant the island club would play on the U.S. mainland for the remainder of the campaign. In addition to the fixture change, 50 per cent of all ticket revenues will support the Carmelo Anthony Foundation Puerto Rico Relief Fund as the island nation recovers from the storm’s impact.

FC Edmonton trained at Austin Tindall Park Tuesday morning, with conditions looking positive for Wednesday night’s match at the ground in south Orlando.

“The pitch looks like a bowling green and is a wonderful playing surface,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said of the venue. “The temperature is supposed to be reasonable for us tomorrow as well, which is great. The guys trained very well this morning as we shape the team for Wednesday.”

A smaller squad due to injuries and suspensions travelled to Florida for the Eddies, with their final match of the season slated this upcoming Saturday night against league-leaders Miami FC. Midfielder Abraham Dukuly is suspended after taking two yellow cards off the bench and being subsequently sent off for FC Edmonton last time out against Miami at Clarke Stadium — a 2-0 loss this past Saturday, October 21.

Despite disappointing seasons, plenty of pride and motivation remains for both sides ahead of Wednesday’s match. The Eddies can continue to climb up the standings and improve their position while Puerto Rico have their sights set on jumping ahead of the Eddies in the table. FC Edmonton lie five points behind the Indy Eleven for sixth in the Combined Standings with two matches remaining, while alternatively Puerto Rico is five behind the Eddies at the bottom of the table.

“The guys are in a good place and we know Puerto Rico will provide a very difficult opposition for us,” Miller added. “They’ve had a frustrating season much the same as we have, but they can still pass us in the league. That in itself is an incentive for us to go and try and win the game tomorrow night.

“Nobody has switched off. Certainly the intensity at training this morning was terrific, and we’re still looking forward to the game as we can catch [Indy Eleven] in the standings if we win out, and that’s the level of expectation we’re looking for.”

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