Tight-Knit Eddies Head Towards Postseason Berth

FC Edmonton moved into the final spot for The Championship and hopes the close connections between the players leads to postseason play
FC Edmonton Staff | Sep 29, 2015

A win over the New York Cosmos on Sunday, Sept. 27, put FC Edmonton firmly in the NASL postseason picture with its third straight victory.

The Eddies made a number of offseason and midseason signings in 2015 to bolster their hopes of a spot in The Championship, the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament, picture this season, with players from around the globe arriving in Edmonton last February to join a solid core that just nearly missed out on the 2014 NASL postseason.

With a mixture of new and returning players in place for 2015, the Eddies’ success on the pitch has undoubtedly been impacted by how the team has worked together off the field also.

“When you are recruiting, there is always that element of risk bringing in new players because you wonder how they will settle into the squad,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller said. “I have to say that from almost day one of the club we have almost had a family atmosphere here. The guys look after each other and it is such a great group here.”

While it is almost impossible to predict which players will get along with one another prior to their arrival, there are certain values that Miller and his coaching staff implement throughout the season to ensure the team remains as positive and unified as possible once together.

“The best times that I had as a player were with guys that were like-minded, worked hard, had no egos, no big heads, nothing like that,” Miller said. “So we don’t allow that, we can’t let anybody get carried away here. We’re a humble club with fantastic ownership and I look for those traits in these players. What are they like off the field?”

Several international arrivals, key re-signings, and current positioning in the NASL standings this season suggests that the Eddies’ approach to building a successful team is working.

“These guys are certainly the most professional group of players that we’ve had since I’ve been here,” Miller said.

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