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Drillers begin preparations Tuesday for CMISL championship on Saturday
The Edmonton Drillers are playing to be the internationally recognized Canadian champion of indoor soccer on Saturday. But it’s not like they will show up to the game as a well-oiled machine. In fact, they are holding their first practice on Tuesday night. They will have one more workout Thursday before heading to Calgary’s Genesis Wellness Saturday, where they will contest the Canadian Major Indoor Soccer League final. The winner of that match will be invited to the FIFRA world club championship next season.
NASL commissioner speaks about Ottawa, FC Edmonton and Canadian expansion
NASL Commissioner David Downs made himself available to be interviewed by The 11 on Tuesday. The commissioner, now in his second year with the league, talked about the Ottawa situation, Edmonton’s new stadium plans and further expansion into Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean.
Occean, SpVgg Greuther Furth earn promotion to Bundesliga
Canadian striker Olivier Occean and his SpVgg Greuther Furth teammates didn’t play on Monday, but they and their fans had cause for celebration. Fortuna Dusseldorf lost 2-1 to Dynamo Dresden, and the 500 fans who came to watch the feed of the game at Furth’s stadium — and the players and staff of the club — were able to celebrate after 90 minutes.
BACK IN BLACK: WIN a new FC Edmonton home jersey
FC Edmonton has a new look for 2012 — and The 11 wants to outfit a lucky reader in a new home black Adidas FCE jersey! Black with a blue chevron piping, FCE’s new shirt gives the club a unique look amongst the other NASL teams and their Amway Canadian Championship rivals.
Snow, rain cause construction delays for FC Edmonton’s new home
Clarke Stadium will only have a capacity for about 2,000 seated fans — plus standing room — for FC Edmonton’s home opener Sunday against the Minnesota Stars. While the Clarke Stadium field is artificial turf and can deal with the wet weather, the grounds surrounding it are not. The large amounts of rain and snow Edmonton has seen over the last week have turned the area into a quagmire, and have caused severe construction delays.