Edmonton AB (August 29, 2013) - Times have changed since the last time the New York Cosmos came to Edmonton. Their old foes, the Drillers, have long since folded and Clarke Stadium will have much fewer seats since its remodel in 2000 - but one thing remains the same - Edmonton is a tough city for visitors to get the full three points in.
From 1979 - 1982, the Edmonton Drillers played in the old NASL. Despite being in the league for four years, the two teams only played each other three times because of being in different conferences. Edmonton played host to two out of the three games - both of which saw the Edmonton side get the victory.
With that winning history in mind, FC Edmonton are willing to pick up where the Drillers left off, going undefeated against the reincarnated New York Cosmos starting on Sunday September 1 at Clarke Stadium (2pm MT KO).
A victory would see Edmonton leap-frog the Cosmos in the standings.
“The lads are excited,” said FC Edmonton Head Coach Colin Miller. “This is the game to play and they all know it. Everyone’s attitude in training has been great, and I will ask a lot of them this weekend, but they are prepared for it.”
Miller is no stranger to the New York Cosmos - having played against them when he played for the Toronto Blizzard from 1982-1984. He personally saw action against the Cosmos in his last two years with the team - a 2-1 loss for the Blizzard and a 4-0 win.
“I remember we fielded one of the youngest teams in the league that game,” said Miller about the last game he played against them. “ It’s something I’ll always remember.”
Hopefully the Eddies can create lasting memories like their coach has against the Cosmos this weekend. In the last two games, FCE have been held to draws, a 1-1 tie against 2013 NASL Spring Champions Atlanta Silverbacks at home and then another 1-1 finish against the 2012 NASL Champions in Tampa Bay last weekend.
FC Edmonton and Drillers fans will not be disappointed against a very clinical New York Cosmos team who currently sit in second place with seven points after last week’s 2-1 victory against the San Antonio Scorpions. They are unbeaten at home, but have a 0-1-1 away record that the Eddies could exploit. FC Edmonton are currently tied for 5th place with the Atlanta Silverbacks who also have five points. A win for the Eddies and other favourable results could see the team end up as high as second place.
Tickets for this weekend’s match vs New York Cosmos presented by Crosstown Auto Centre are still available at www.fcedmonton.com.
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