FC Edmonton Signs Midfield Pair

The Eddies added a pair of midfielders in Pablo Cruz and Thiago de Freitas
FC Edmonton Staff | Jun 19, 2015

FC Edmonton announced Thursday that it has come to an agreement with midfielders Pablo Cruz and Thiago de Freitas, pending international clearance. 

Pablo Cruz

Cruz arrives in Edmonton following a stint with the San Antonio Scorpions after spending three years as a member of the Atlanta Silverbacks, where he played from 2012-14. Last Fall Season, the 23-year-old, attacking midfielder accumulated three goals, three assists, and 1,101 minutes played through 16 matches.

“We’re really, really pleased to get Pablo because we tried to get him in the offseason,” FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller explained. “Due to some irregularities in the dealings the deal fell through, and we were disappointed at both ends. We’re delighted to get one of the most skillful attacking players in the league. He will add a real different dimension to our attacking play. I’m sure he will be a big impact player for us, and we look forward to him stepping into the team as quickly as possible.”

Thiago de Freitas

De Freitas arrives from AOT Alimos (A.O Trachones F.C.) where he played a half season in Greece’s second division. Prior to Greece, de Freitas spent a year in Isreal with Hapoel Nir Ramat HaSharon, collecting two goals and two assists in 18 matches. The well-traveled, 27-year-old central midfielder has played in multiple countries that include Hungary and Portugal.

“We’ve watched extensive video and highlight footage of Thiago,” Miller added. “He comes from an excellent background and an excellent football pedigree. There are players that I’ve spoken to from within our league that have said what a good player we are getting, and we expect him to make an immediate impact. I think he’ll be a terrific signing for us.

“This time last year we made two significant signings in Christian [Raudales] and Chad [Burt]. Both made immediate impressions on the club, and we expect these two players to do the same.”

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