FC Edmonton Cuts Four

Benjamin Massey/Eighty Six Forever

To the surprise of nobody, four players have been cut loose from FC Edmonton today.

FC Edmonton announced the release today of four players from their 2012 roster[1]. The four players released are Ilja van Leerdam, Matt Lam, Serisay Barthelemy, and Fabien Vorbe.

Vorbe was a 22-year-old Haitien import who spent most of his 423 regular season and 90 Voyageurs Cup minutes at left back. In the games I saw him he was athletic, stout but quick, but also extremely raw. Reportedly he played up top in Haiti but I didn't see the technical skills that suggested he'd be a great professional forward either. He was an interesting player but not an arresting one, and when you're approaching your mid-twenties time is running out to learn the technical rudiments Vorbe lacked.

Barthelemy, a French import, was a complete disappointment running things in the middle of the park and on the wing, generating next-to-no offense and being a problem defensively despite getting a large number of imports. He was probably one of the more expensive players on the Edmonton roster and his departure is welcome news.

As for Lam, his release isn't a surprise given that Edmonton didn't even want him practicing with the team anymore[2] but is still a disappointment. Lam is an obvious talent with youth, professional experience, and a seeming inability to work with Harry Sinkgraven. I'd hoped, in the bottom of my heart, he and Sinkgraven could mend fences and realize each other's mutual value: didn't happen. Fingers crossed Lam lands on his feet somewhere, but sadly in a community as small as North American soccer if your former coach is giving you a reputation as a bad egg, you are sometimes in trouble.

Van Leerdam's departure isn't exactly a surprise, but is still interesting. A 34-year-old recovering from a serious knee problem who may have been the most expensive player on the team isn't exactly a hot commodity, but when he played he was the ball-moving midfielder Edmonton so desperately needed all year. I can understand not wanting to pay big money to a player in van Leerdam's position, but the Eddies will need to move aggressively to replace him.


[1] — FC Edmonton. "Off-season moves underway at FC Edmonton." FCEdmonton.com. Accessed September 26, 2012. http://www.fcedmonton.com/news/2012-09-26/Off-season%20Moves%20Underway%20at%20FC%20Edmonton.

[2] — Sandor, Steve. "Lam isn't welcome back to train or play with FC Edmonton." The11.ca, September 17, 2012. Accessed September 25, 2012. http://the11.ca/2012/09/17/lam-isnt-welcome-back-to-train-or-play-with-fc-edmonton/.

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