May Long Weekend is upon us and the urge to spend time outside increases exponentially. With the weekend being long the urge to travel also rises. The River Valley Vanguard (RVV) can help you achieve both these urges as the FC Edmonton Supporters Group is putting together a day in Calgary. On Saturday, May 18th, our Eddies play their Alberta counterparts the Cavalry FC and here is the River Valley Vanguard Calgary trip plan as per their Facebook event:
Heck of a day yesterday, eh? No time to rest though, join us in C*lgary on Saturday!
We are carpooling! Let us know if you are in need of or are offering a ride to and from the match.
Carpool meetup -Southgate Centre https://goo.gl/maps/mdsJRDCctHUWYfjP9 South parking lot, near State & Main
8:30 am, leaves at 9 am (ETA 12:30pm)
Pre-match in Calgary
Kildare’s Ale House https://goo.gl/maps/E6c5d4AzixNADQ3m6
12:30pm until no later than 3:00. The time we leave may change depending on whether or not it looks like it might take a while to park at Spruce Meadows.
*Times and locations are subject to change, we will inform you as soon as they do, but keep checking this page right up to matchday!
If you are interested in going but are not on Facebook, you can contact the RVV through their Twitter account or click their event page on their website and click “contact event organizer”. I and other Win Column Sports staff differ all questions to the RVV.
The one question we can answer for new fans of FC Edmonton and the Canadian Premier League (CPL) is what the story is behind the game being called “Al Classico”. The CPL’s original fan-made rivalry’s complete explanation can be found HERE.
HOW ARE THE EDDIES DOING SO FAR?
A 2-1 road win started the season with a bang. On Sunday, May 12th, the Eddies played their inaugural home game and played to a nil-nil draw. Here’s FC Edmonton’s recap.
As a non-soccer guy, here’s my very basic recap. A very tentative start by the boys in blue. Pacific FC flop like fish out of water and it was frustrating to see. The red card that ejected Philippe Lincourt-Joseph, watch the replay! There’s no way the Pacific FC player miraculously heels up that quickly if the call on the field was red card worthy. Would have liked to see the mascot on my side of the field but I’m a sucker for mascots. A proud supporter of the Supporters Section but not nearly boisterous enough to sit among them, I heard them loud and clear throughout the game with nary a moment of silence.
Widest net in sport & the Eddies missed it 3 times in the first 10 minutes of the 2nd half. VERY entertaining half which made up for the overly tentative opening quarter hour. Really noticed the substitutions. Bruno Zebie when he subbed in for Allan Zebie was seemingly all over the field. Randy Edwini-Bonsu had a couple of strong surges but his substitution Oumar Diouck always seemed to be where the ball was.
Number 7 Yong-Chan Son has fan favourite written all over him with his heart and hustle. Captain Ramon Soria earned his armband keeping a steady presence whenever the ball was on the Eddies side of centre. Another defender that caught my eye was Jeannot Esua with all his fancy footwork to weave through Pacific FC attackers to get the ball across the centre.