Edmonton, Canada (April 17, 2019) — FC Edmonton returns to the city after a one-week stint in the Dominican Republic along with the rest of the Canadian Premier League teams.
After teasing a new player singing on Twitter Monday morning, FC Edmonton has officially announced the addition of another player to the squad. Amer Didic, a centreback, joins the Eddies from San Antonio FC of the USL after the team and Didic agreed to part ways yesterday. The signing is pending league approval and International Transfer Clearance.
Didic is a former FC Edmonton Academy member, who joined as a teen after moving from Bosnia and Herzegovina. Didic has also played in MLS with Sporting KC and Swope Park Rangers in the USL.
As previously reported on Last Word on Soccer, Head Coach Jeff Paulus had plans to make two more signings before the season kicks off on May 4 in Winnipeg. This will leave one additional signing remaining. As Paulus had indicated, he is looking for a left-footed player to round out his team.
Dominican Republic Preseason
FC Edmonton wrapped up their one-week Dominican preseason training on Monday. Over the course of the week, the Eddies had two friendlies.
The first match the Eddies played was against Inter RD, a local team, on April 11. FC Edmonton won that game 2-0. Contributing to the score were Philippe Lincourt-Joseph who put in a cross from teammate Randy Edwini-Bonsu in the first half. In the second half, Oumar Diouck scored on a penalty kick.
The second match of the week was against HFX Wanderers on April 14. Akim Garcia helped Halifax win that match after scoring in the second half. Part of the squad also had the opportunity for an unofficial 60-minute scrimmage against Forge FC on April 13.
EDDIES TV 📺: One final chat from the Dominican Republic with Head Coach @jeff_paulus #FCEd #yeg #CanPL #EddiesInDR pic.twitter.com/zH2KkqRAgF
— FC Edmonton (@FCEdmontonNow) April 15, 2019
Competition for No. 1
Inter-league friendlies were not the only competitions being decided in the Dominican. Eddie goalkeepers Dylon Powley and Connor James went head-to-head on penalty kicks to see which keeper would have the honor of wearing number one.
Each goalkeeper took on the responsibility of making the penalty kicks against his opponent. The competition went thirteen rounds with Connor James being the victor. Afterwards, Powley took to Twitter to poke some fun at himself, drawing a No. 3 on a photo of himself holding up a jersey with a number one.