Four trialists, one spot: Jeff Paulus facing tough decision at FC Edmonton

FC Edmonton has four trialists in camp this week. But coach Jeff Paulus has only one roster spot left to fill.

So, on Friday, Paulus has a decision — which of the four does he take? Or is it none at all?

As we enter the second week of training camps for the Canadian Premier League, FC Edmonton has the most complete roster. There are very few question marks left. And, Paulus said the team has an agreement in place to bring a Canadian defender over from Europe in July, so there’s another spot that’s spoken for.

“He’ll be a key player for us,” Paulus hinted.

In camp this week are Canadian defender Jackson Farmer, the Edmonton native who has been in the Whitecaps system and Foothills FC. So is Jordan Haynes, another alumnus of both Foothills and the ‘Caps. The two foreigners are: Greek fullback Giannis Charontakis, who was recently with the second team of French side Ajaccio; and French fullback Jerrold Nyemeck, who has played for Saint Etienne’s B side.

Wait, how can FC Edmonton be taking in international trialists when the club has already maxed out its limit of seven internationals? That’s because, according to Paulus, the number of of internationals has dwindled to six. Striker Tomi Ameobi has obtained his Canadian Permanent Resident status, which now makes him a domestic.

“They’re here for a week, we’ll make a decision Friday.”

Haitian midfielder James Marcelin is the notable absence from camp. He’s still working on visa issues. When he was in NASL, he didn’t play road games in Canada because, if he left the United States, he wouldn’t have been allowed to return. Paulus said Marcelin is still going through the paperwork so he can come to Canada.

“Fingers crossed, we’ll know this week. I thought he was one of the superior players in NASL. We’ll get a big player here when he finally arrives.”