Behind every great soccer player, there are people in their lives that have shown true dedication and support. With every aspiring Lionel Messi, there is a mother who has given up weekend sleep ins, lazy afternoons and quite nights to make sure that their child has the support they deserve from the sidelines.
All of this and more is true for the players on FC Edmonton. To have made it to the professional level - their mother’s have been one of their biggest supporters and cheerleaders, pushing them to the peak of their profession.
We asked some of FC Edmonton’s leading players just how important their mom’s are to them.
Can you share what it’s like to be away from your mom?
Shaun Saiko: It was tough leaving for England at 16. If you ask her, she may have gone insane when I left - I’m a little bit of a mamma’s boy... She wasn’t excited to see me leave, but she’s been the most excited to see me on the way to my profession. She’s happy I’m home right now and I never leave for very long.
Lance Parker: I’m not much of a homebody - but it’s always refreshing to see her when I can. She’s been able to catch a few of our games in the States and even was able to travel up to Edmonton for a few. She was a huge life saver when I broke my arm a few years back. She took the first flight up here and at first I told her I’d be fine, but she stuck around and I was really thankful that she stayed and for all her help.
Antonio Rago: Growing up, I left home when I was 14. She was always strong and encouraged me to go after my dreams. I remember she came to Italy when I was there - and I remember her leaving and that was hard for me especially.
Chris Nurse: My mom passed away nine years ago from breast cancer. She was a big motivation for me to be a professional soccer player - because when I was younger she would also tell everyone that I’d become a professional soccer player. When she passed, I took it as my responsibility to live up to her dreams for me.
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