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CUP PREVIEW: Y9 head to Edmonton for CanChamp second leg

Canadian Championship — Round 2 (Leg 2)
FC Edmonton vs. York9 FC (1-3 agg.)
June 12 — Clarke Field (9:30 p.m. ET, 7:30 p.m. MT)
Watch Live: OneSoccer.ca

The Eddies find themselves in a deeper hole than any other team in this round of the competition after losing 3-1 on the road to York9. They did manage to find one away goal (and they were dismayed to see a second disallowed), but their defensive weaknesses were exposed.

With their work cut out for them, FC Edmonton return home. Right now, it’s York9 that look poised to take on the Montreal Impact in QR3, but a 2-0 win for the Eddies at Clarke Field isn’t entirely out of the question.

KEYS TO THE MATCH

Set-pieces: All three of York9’s goals in Leg 1 were the exact same: headers off corner kicks. That’s a very obvious area of improvement for Jeff Paulus’ Edmonton side, whose tall defenders have generally done well on set-pieces this year. The Eddies have to do better than that in the air, and can’t lose track of men in the box.

90-minute effort: York9 were no short of dominant at times last Wednesday. They controlled the ball high up the pitch, they stretched out the defence, and they generated chances. Toward the end of the game, though, they started to slip and had to weather a storm of pressure. Jimmy Brennan’s side need not chase goals necessarily, but they do have to neutralize their opponent more convincingly for a full 90 minutes.

Open the floodgates: FCE’s Kareem Moses admitted last week that Oumar Diouck’s goal — the Eddies’ first in five games — got a monkey off their backs. That particular pressure is now off, but the questions of where goals will come from remain. Edmonton needs at least two goals in this game, so they’ll be hoping that their late push in Leg 1 will spark their attack in Leg 2.