FC Edmonton needs to find someone who can score.
Through 16 games in the North American Soccer League Spring Season, the local professional club scored just 11 goals.
They were shutout 11 times, resulting in 11 losses and finished the first half of the season seventh in the eight-team standings.
In order for FC Edmonton to qualify for the NASL playoffs, they’ll need to either finish first in the 16-game Fall Season, or climb into one of the top four spots in the combined standings.
FC Edmonton begin the Fall Season on July 30 when they host the Indy Eleven.
“It’s been a horrendous Spring Season and I’m the first one to admit that,” said FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller. “We will regroup and we will try to freshen the squad up as much as we can. There is already one player that we’re well down the line in terms of getting that sorted.”
Miller is in dire need of a goal scorer. Edmonton were by far the lowest scoring team in the Spring Season, netting eight fewer goals than Puerto Rico FC, the only team to finish below them in the standings.
By comparison, Miami FC, who won the Spring Season title, scored a league-high 33 goals.
Miami won 11 of 16 games and finished with 36 points. The expansion San Francisco Deltas were second with 26 points, while the New York Cosmos and Jacksonville Armada FC tied for fourth with 24 points.
Edmonton finished with 13 points from four wins and one tie. They concluded the Spring Season on Saturday with a 1-0 loss to the Cosmos in front of a sold out crowd of 4,096 at Clarke Stadium.
“We created a lot of chances and if we put those away, we have a good chance to win the game,” said FC Edmonton midfielder Ben Fisk. “We have no one to blame but ourselves and we have to move on from it and hopefully come back in the Fall Season and do a bit better.”
There were high expectations on FC Edmonton this season after getting to the league semifinal a year ago.
While the core of the group from last year’s team…