FC Edmonton adds Impact Academy grads Temguia and Lincourt-Joseph

FC Edmonton announced the signing of defender Mélé Temguia and midfielder Philippe Lincourt-Joseph on Tuesday.

Temguia, 23, was born in Germany, but has Canadian citizenship. The centreback is a product of the Montreal Impact Academy, moving on to spend two seasons playing for FC Montreal in the United Soccer League in 2015 & 2016.

“I am thankful and excited for this opportunity,” said Temguia. “I will always work hard and do my best for my teammates, the club, the fans and the city.”

In 2017, Temguia represented FC Cincinnati of the USL, before playing for Valentine Phoenix FC and Hume City FC in Australia during 2018.

“We get a young player you can mould in that position, which is a key spot, and we’ll see where his potential takes him, but he’ll definitely get an opportunity,”  FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus said.

Lincourt-Joseph, 24, also came through the Montreal Impact Academy and was Temguia’s teammate with FC Montreal in 2015-16, making 42 appearances across two seasons. Most recently, Lincourt-Joseph played with Al-Rustaq SC of the Oman Professional League.

“I think it’s good to learn from every soccer culture you can,” Lincourt-Joseph said. “I think I come back here with more confidence, knowledge and experience than before, so that’s a big plus.”

The midfielder has experience playing in Portugal with C.D. Fátima of the Portuguese third division. He scored one goal in seven appearances with the club in 2017-18.

“Philippe gives us something different,” Paulus said. “He’ll take players on 1-v-1 at the right times, he’s got movement off the ball to help break down the back line, and he’ll also be able to break lines with his passing.”