FC Edmonton is pleased to announce a multi-year contract extension for the clubs’ top scorer in the 2019 Canadian Premier League (CPL) season, Easton Ongaro.
The Edmonton product joined the Eddies on May 1 and quickly turned into a star in the making. Ongaro played a total of 22 games in all competitions in his debut season as a professional. Ongaro made his professional debut in a 1-1 draw against Forge FC on July 27. He marked his debut with an 89th minute goal to earn the Eddies a point.
Since then, the 6’6 striker registered 10 goals and two assists in the CPL, in only 1,165 minutes played. The Edmonton product notched six goals in his first six games as an Eddie. Ongaro finished the season trailing the leagues top scorer by three goals, having played 809 minutes less than the golden boot winner.
FC Edmonton Head Coach Jeff Paulus is delighted to have Ongaro onboard for the upcoming season. Paulus believes the 21-year-old has all the tools to be the best striker in the CPL.
“It’s a massive signing for both the club and Easton,” Paulus said. “He gets to continue to develop at home, where he has people who care about and support him. For us, we have a natural goal scorer. He is a player who has the ability to be in the right place at the right time. He’s also a unique individual because he possesses great height, but he’s got great feet and exceptional pace. He is a rare talent and he will certainly help us achieve our goals next season and we’ll help him achieve his.”
Ongaro is a local product from Edmonton, having played for Inter Soccer Club of Edmonton. He was a part of the Archbishop O’Leary soccer academy program before bursting on the scene at the U Sports level with University of Alberta where he won a National Championship in 2017.
“It means everything to stay with Edmonton and continue to play in front of my family and friends,” Ongaro said. “I grew up playing here from the youth level to the post-secondary level, and I got my first professional contract and minutes here in Edmonton.”
“I had no idea what to expect as a first year professional,” Ongaro admitted. “But everyone has been great from the coaches to my teammates and they gave me this opportunity to change as a player and evolve into a professional. It’s been a big step in my career and I want to make the most of it.”
Ongaro missed the opening period of the season with a broken hand, which kept him out of the lineup. Despite not playing as much in the Spring Season, Ongaro finished third in the scoring charts, having played almost half the minutes as the top goal scorer. With a full season ahead of him, Ongaro will have his eyes on the Golden Boot for next season.
“I want to take off where I left off this season,” Ongaro added. “Hopefully I can keep scoring and I said earlier this season that next season I want to be the top scorer in the league. And I do believe that is a realistic target for me.”
About FC Edmonton
Founded by Tom and Dave Fath in 2010, the club was a founding member of the most recent iteration of the North American Soccer League, making the playoffs twice. The club left the league in November of 2017 before re-launching in 2019 as a founding member of the Canadian Premier League. FC Edmonton play out of Clarke Stadium and continue to be an outlet for professional Canadian players to compete at home.
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