Former FC Edmonton goalkeeper happy to be back in town

FC Edmonton's Bruno Zebie (20) battles Valour FC's Raphael Ohin (27) during the second half of a Canadian Premier League soccer game after a thunderstorm delay at Clarke Stadium in Edmonton, on Wednesday, July 17, 2019. Ian Kucerak / Postmedia

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Tyson Farago is familiar with the challenges of playing soccer in Edmonton’s volatile climate, but it had always been as a member of the home team.

On Wednesday, Farago was back at Clarke Field, but with Valour FC, who held FC Edmonton to a scoreless tie in an extended weather-delayed contest.

“It was definitely strange, I played on that field for four years and to be on this side is a bit different,” Farago said. “The crowd gave me a bit of stick, which was awesome, I didn’t expect anything less. It was definitely foreign territory for me.”

Farago, 28, a Winnipeg product, played well for his hometown club, who had come into the contest on a six-game losing skid.

“It was a good result, the lads really stuck in,” Farago said. “It’s a bit of monkey off the back to snap that six-game losing streak and now we’re looking ahead to Saturday against Hamilton.”

FC Edmonton had its share of chances to score in the game, which would have given the few fans who stuck around a chance to cheer. However, despite playing well, Edmonton struggled in front of the net and were not able to get that last vital touch when they most needed it.

“It’s a bit disappointing because I felt pretty good about the game,” FC Edmonton head coach Jeff Paulus said. “I don’t feel like there were any emotional moments where I felt we were going to get beat or that we were going to get scored on and a couple of times I anticipated us scoring. It’s just getting that final touch of the ball.”

With better awareness, quicker reaction and more accurate shooting, Edmonton could have scored a handful of goals against Farago and Valour on the night.

“It’s little things like that that are going to get us to become the team we want to be,” Paulus said. “We just have to find that touch around goal.”

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