“It’s nice to be back,” grinned Ameobi following a training session at the Edmonton Soccer Dome.
The 30-year-old striker joined FC Edmonton prior to the 2014 North American Soccer League season, and would spend four years with the club. In his time with the Eddies, Ameobi scored 26 goals and made 107 appearances, ranking second and third, respectively, all-time in club history in those categories.
“It’s been exciting to see the team the back room staff, and the coaching staff, have put together both off and on the field, and I think that bodes well for us,” suggested Ameobi.
With the club ceasing First Team operations in 2018, Ameobi joined FC Cincinnati of the United Soccer League, but saw limited minutes in his six appearances in all competitions.
“For the past five or six years, I’d been in a team pretty much as a starter, and last year I was in a very competitive team,” The Newcastle native explained. “I didn’t play as much as I wanted to, but it was great to be in a learning environment.”
For Ameobi, it was also tough to be away from his brand new family. He and his wife were married in early 2018, before welcoming their first child into the world that summer. Returning to a city and a club where he is comfortable and has family by his side should give Ameobi a boost on the pitch.
“I can’t wait to get started,” Ameobi enthused. “I’m also hoping to see all the talent shown by the Canadian guys in the league.”
“Over the past five to ten years, a lot of these Canadian players have slipped through the cracks because there has been nothing for them to move on to.”
Speaking of Canadian players, Ameobi is now eagerly awaiting his own permanent residency, which should go through prior to the beginning of the season.
“I’ll be able to call myself a Canadian,” Ameobi said with a smile.
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