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FC Edmonton Name Colin Miller Coach of the Eddies

2012 November 29
by Brian Quarstad

Eddies new coach, Canadian Colin Miller

Just hours before the NASL named Bill Peterson as their new commissioner on Tuesday, FC Edmonton announced the man who will be on the bench pulling the strings for the eleven on the field. That man is Canadian Colin Miller. As pointed out here previously, the appointment of Miller, a native Canadian, shows a shift for the Eddies who had previously gone with what owner Tom Fath and front office personnel had thought was superior and more expensive foreign talent. Yet FC Edmonton finished in last place in 2012.

Miller’s most recent position was with the University of Fraser Valley Men’s team. Previous to that he was an assistant with the Vancouver Whitecaps from 2009 through the end of the ’11 season. Miller, who was born in Scotland, played in the Scottish League for 15 years and is a former Canadian National Team captain.

“Right from the beginning, we wanted to develop Canadian soccer. Today’s move is another step along the way,” said Fath to The 11′s Steven Sandor.

“There’s not a massive difference from the bottom of the league to the top of the league,” said Miller. From what he’s seen, the key will be to reduce the amount of “dreadful errors” that led to goals conceded in 2012.

“I want to give you (the supporters) a team you’re very proud to come and support,” said Miller. “But no team I’ve ever been involved with has been a shrinking violet.”

FC Edmonton announced some roster moves on October 2nd and and announced the signing of former Minnesota Stars starting midfielder Neil Hlavaty and former Ft Lauderdale Strikers and current Jamaican left-back Lance Laing on November 21.

The Eddies have yet to announce to the public the players that have options in their contracts and whom they have exercised those options with and chose to release. The Canadian side was required to submit that information to the NASL front office over a month ago.

8 Responses
  1. Len Peetoom permalink
    November 29, 2012

    Congratulations !

    Good to hear your’e back in coaching mode! Couldn’t resist sending a little note. Hope all goes well for you and your family with this new opportunity.

    All the best !!!
    Len Peetoom

    p.s. Did you know that Brad got married?

  2. Fotbalist permalink
    November 29, 2012

    Glad to hear Colin Miller is taking the reigns at FCE! He was a good player and I believe he’s a good coach. UFV was 5W-4T-5W last season, but the team played exciting soccer. I would expect the same or better with FCE. In fact, my guess (I say guess because I don’t know Miller personally) is that he’s better suited for pro clubs then college. Good luck!

  3. Mac permalink
    November 30, 2012

    Don’t know much about the man, but the little bit laid out on the press so far sounds good. Definitely feel that a more indigionous, less ferin’, base for the squad should help build local sense of collective ownership that can only be a good thing. (And the team has little space to go bit up.)
    This should be good for the Eddie’s.

  4. ButlerBob permalink
    November 30, 2012

    Brain,

    Another good article. But didn’t they make the playoffs in their first season? Or is my memory failing me again.

    Rob

  5. November 30, 2012

    Totally correct and my mistake. Was going to edit that earlier and in a rush forgot to. Very sloppy work on my part. Apologies.

  6. Jspech permalink
    November 30, 2012

    Any update about their stadium situation?

  7. November 30, 2012

    Clarke Stadium?

  8. Ken Jamieson permalink
    December 2, 2012

    Good having Colin aboard as our coach, Harry Sinkgraven had lost the support of the fans with his vanilla brand of soccer. The turning point for Harry had to be the benching of team leading scorer Shaun Saiko for reasons not made public. The overly defensive brand of soccer backfired as late in the season the previously reliable defense began to hemmorage goals.

    To answer your question about the stadium, the team is working with the city to develop a mid-size (10,000 to 20,000 seat) stadium for Edmonton. Commonwealth Stadium is home to Edmonton’s CFL team, the Eskimos, and seats over 60,000. After that, the next largest is Foote Field (about 4,000) and an old-style artificial turf, Clarke seats 1,250 with field turf. Information I have from GM Tom Leip is that Clarke will be expanded (with temp seating) for 2013 and will be home of FCE until the new facility is built. The ironic part of the whole story is that Clarke Stadium used to seat over 25,000 before Commonwealth opened in 1978, was reduced to 10,000 in the early 1980s. In the early 2000s Clarke was rebuilt for the 2003 IAAF Championships with its current capacity. At the time many criticized the severly limited capacity, with reason.

    Also, I need to clarify the statement that Colin is a native Canadian. Colin was born and raised in Scotland, coming to Canada in 1982 to play for the Toronto Blizzard of the original NASL. Even though he has Canadian citizenship and has played for Canada, (debuting against Scotland in 1983), he finished his playing career in Scotland. That said, he is devoted to development of Canadians in the game and will be a good fit with FCE.

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