June 19,2014(ISN) – VICTORIA – Victoria Highlanders FC are excited to announce a second exhibition match, July 2 at 6 p.m. against North American Soccer League franchise FC Edmonton. The Highlanders second large-scale exhibition announcement of the summer comes on the heels of the recently announced international friendly against Scottish Championship side Glasgow Rangers FC on July 21. Both matches are taking place at the University of Victoria’s Centennial Stadium to accommodate an increased attendance.
Formed in 2010, FC Edmonton is a professional soccer club playing in the second tier of the American Soccer Pyramid. Since 2012, Edmonton has been coached by former Highlanders coach Collin Miller. Edmonton will head west for competition in Kamloops, before heading to Vancouver Island for additional preseason competition ahead of the second leg of their NASL season. Miller’s familiarity with the Highlanders made a trip to Victoria a no-brainer.
“I had such a fantastic time in Victoria and the club still means a great deal to me,” explained Miller. “We’re thrilled to be coming over and I’m sure there will be a great crowd at it and hopefully they’ll see a great game. [Highlanders head coach] Steve Simonson and I have got a really good relationship from my time at the club and we jumped all over it football-wise.”
This will be the second time FC Edmonton has visited Victoria following a home-and-home exhibition series in 2010 that also saw the club visiting four other clubs including Portsmouth FC and Colo-Colo. It will be the first match against FC Edmonton for Simonson, who will go up against Miller for the first time at this level.
“I think it’s a good competition and definitely will help us tune up if we are in a position for playoffs at that time,” said Simonson. “I think it will also allow us to give additional minutes to players and we’ll be able to use it to gauge where we fit as a club compared to the next level of soccer in this country. I think our club is proving that it has a good reputation and I think for Victoria and soccer fans it’s a great opportunity to not just come and see higher level talent but to see where our own local talent fits.”
Tickets for the match are available online at www.selectyourtickets.ca and can be made over the phone by calling 250-220-7777. Tickets for the FC Edmonton match are general admission and will be priced at $20 for adults and $10 for youth 12 and under. Group rates will be available through the Highlanders head office at 250-590-8432.
This summers exhibition matches represent the Highlanders efforts to establish themselves as the top small-market sports franchise in North America. For more information on these matches and the Highlanders FC organization, please visit www.highlandersfc.ca.