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FC Edmonton joins new NASL

Posted on 9 February 2010 in Around the Soccer World

FC Edmonton has joined the new North American Soccer League as a founding member. Headed by Fath Sports Ltd., FC Edmonton will begin play one year from now during the 2011 season.

"The Canadian Soccer Association welcomes another professional team in Canada," said Canadian Soccer Association General Secretary Peter Montopoli. "The inauguration of FC Edmonton is yet another positive step for the growth of our sport in Canada."

The NASL is the second tier of professional soccer in North America, one tier below Major League Soccer. In 2010, Vancouver Whitecaps FC and Impact de Montréal will be part of the NASL. In 2011, Vancouver will leave the NASL to join MLS, but FC Edmonton will join the NASL.

As part of the 9 February announcement, FC Edmonton also announced its coaching staff. Dwight Lodeweges, a former (old) NASL player with the Edmonton Drillers, will serve as head coach. His assistant will be Hans Schrivjer.

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