The last time FC Edmonton played in a single site tournament, they earned the right to select Thomas Gardner with the first overall draft pick. The last time an Edmonton team played consecutive games in Winnipeg, they left empty handed. Fans, things can only get better!
The Canadian Premier League is adamant that the 2021 season will only be a single site tournament for the first eight games of each team’s respective regular season all played at Winnipeg’s IG Field. Smartly the league focused this “kickoff schedule” on games that otherwise would have required cross country travel. That means if and when the League returns to Clarke Stadium that Eddies fans can expect Alberta rival Cavalry FC and western rival Pacific FC to be among their first opponents. The last game played at Clarke Stadium was October 16th, 2019 and was a 3-1 victory versus the team from British Columbia.
Here’s the Eddies “kickoff schedule”, listed start times are Edmonton time:
|Sat. June 26||FC Edmonton vs. Atletico Ottawa||noon|
|Thu. July 1||FC Edmonton vs. Forge FC||6 pm|
|Sun. July 4||FC Edmonton vs. York United||noon|
|Sat. July 10||HFX Wanderers FC vs. FC Edmonton||noon|
|Wed. July 14||Forge FC vs. FC Edmonton||8 pm|
|Sun. July 18||Atletico Ottawa vs. FC Edmonton||5:30 pm|
|Wed. July 21||FC Edmonton vs. HFX Wanderers FC||5 pm|
|Sat. July 24||York United vs. FC Edmonton||3 pm|
As a fan who calls the sport soccer instead of football, learning the lingo can be confusing. An example is the word “kit” is used instead of “jersey”. Here is the 2021 “kit”.
The graphic supplied by Martikinen Sugar Fingers Siembiwskiey shows an unofficial depth chart as a visual aid for Eddies fans. The listed roster on the Eddies website and the above graphic do not include the latest signing by the Club centre back Hunter Gorskie.
To watch the “kickoff games”, the league is once again using One Soccer to stream the games. What a return to Clarke Stadium will look like in regards to fans in attendance and Covid-related rules is to be determined over the next several weeks.
It is okay to be cautiously optimistic about life and your FC Edmonton team.