Spanish defender Ramon Soria re-signs with FC Edmonton for 2021

FC Edmonton are bringing back veteran Spanish defender Ramon Soria for a third Canadian Premier League season, the club announced on Tuesday.

Soria, 31, played all 630 minutes across seven matches for FCE at The Island Games, the only Eddies player to do so. The Spaniard, who can play as a centre-back or defensive midfielder, also led the team with 338 completed passes.

Soria featured 25 times in his debut campaign for Edmonton in 2019, notching four assists in over 2000 minutes of game time, mostly as a holding midfielder.

The Villarreal youth product, who made 13 appearances for Spain’s youth sides, previously made a name for himself in North America playing for Ottawa Fury FC and Puerto Rico FC in the NASL. He has also played professionally in his native Spain, Norway and Slovenia.

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Soria competed for Spain at 2006 UEFA European Under-17 Championship where he lined up beside Chelsea fullback César Azpilicueta and Bojan Krkić of the Montreal Impact.

“We are excited to welcome Ramon back to the club,” newly-minted Eddies coach Alan Koch said in a media release. “His experience and leadership will be especially important to the team as we prepare ourselves for a new system of play and the next CPL season.

“His technical ability in the build-up phase and service on set-pieces will be crucial to the success of the team.”

Soria is the 10th FC Edmonton player confirmed for the 2021 CPL season, joining fellow returnees Easton Ongaro, Jeannot Esua, Marcus Velado-Tsegaye, Chance Carter, and Antony Caceres, and newcomers Shamit Shone, Fraser Aird, Kyle Porter and Paris Gee.