Pasquale's reincarnation!

DEREK VAN DIEST -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 7:18 AM ET

Pasquale DeLuca has come full circle.

As a former member of the original Edmonton Drillers, DeLuca is now coach of the newest incarnation of the team.

"When Mel Kowalchuk called me and told me the plan behind this, I just couldn't turn it down," said DeLuca.

"This is a great opportunity for me and for the city. Any time you can profile soccer, it's great. It's my game, it's what I love."

DeLuca, 44, is a high-profile member of Edmonton's soccer community.

He played with the Drillers squad that won the North American Soccer League indoor title in 1981. He also played with the Toronto Blizzard, the Cleveland Force and Edmonton Brickmen.

DeLuca was also a member of Canada's national team at the 1984 Olympics and in their only appearance at the World Cup in 1986.

"I left the hiring of the coach up to the people in the know," said Drillers owner Dr. Brent Saik.

"There were a few names tossed about and I said that all I wanted was someone that people would think was a good idea.

"It was a good choice.

"His coaching and soccer background is fantastic. The fact that he played with the original Drillers is even better."

Along with DeLuca, the Drillers also hired Ken Charuk as their general manager.

Yesterday the team unveiled their management team as well as their logo and jerseys for their upcoming showcase game.

The game will be played at Rexall Place on March 18th at 6 p.m. against the Calgary franchise.

The Drillers are one of four franchises making up the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League. The league is the brainchild of Kowalchuk.

The Drillers will play in all four cities showcasing the game this year. Kowalchuk hopes to get the league off the ground by 2009.

"We'll know before this event (showcase game) where our future is going to lay," Charuk said. "If your ticket sales are dismal - and we're certainly not expecting that - then we know we're not going to make any drastic plans.

"I'm not expecting that, I think we're going to have a good turnout for that and with that I can start making plans for next year."

Tickets for the showcase match go on sale this morning with general admission at $26.50 for adults and $7.75 for seniors and youths.

"We want to do this slow," Charuk said. "We don't want to hold anybody at fault for the job they've done with soccer here in the past. But we certainly see that coming at it in a big way and throwing a lot of money at it doesn't work."


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