FC Edmonton taps Dutch pool - again

DEREK VAN DIEST, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 10:17 PM ET

FC Edmonton is not done dipping into Dutch coaching resources.

The local startup professional soccer club is expected to announce the addition of Edwin Petersen to its coaching staff for the upcoming season.

“Yes, we have him under contract,” admitted co-owner Tom Fath. “He’ll be joining our team on April 22. He had other commitments prior to then.

“He was here for a few days and then he went down to Florida for a few days and he’ll come back on April 22.”

Petersen had been coaching at the Under-15 level with Netherlands national soccer association. Along with being an assistant to FC Edmonton head coach Harry Sinkgraven, he’ll be in charge of the club’s youth academy.

Sinkgraven had been brought in to replace Dwight Lodeweges, who left Edmonton to coach in Japan this season.

“He has very high credentials,” said Fath of Petersen. “He has a similar background to the other coaches we’ve hired. We’re very happy to have him join our coaching staff.”

FC Edmonton is currently playing its inaugural season in the North American Soccer League after playing exclusively exhibition games last year.

On Saturday, the club opened the year with a 2-1 victory, on the road, over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

They’ll face the Atlanta Silverbacks this Saturday and the Carolina Railhawks Wednesday, before returning home April 27 to play host to Toronto FC at Commonwealth Stadium in the first game of the Nutrilite Canadian Championship.

They’ll play their NASL home opener the following Sunday against the Montreal Impact.

“We’re very excited about this season,” Fath said. “We got off to a good start and feel we have a better team then we did last year.”

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