Advertisement

FC Edmonton hires former Canadian international Lars Hirschfeld as goalie coach

WATCH ABOVE: Some videos from Global News' coverage of the Canadian Premier League.

FC Edmonton has hired former Canadian international ‘keeper Lars Hirschfeld as its goalkeeping coach.

The 40-year-old Hirschfeld, who won 48 caps for Canada from 2000 to 2013, joins assistant coach Sean Fleming on head coach Jeff Paulus’ staff.

Canada goalie Lars Hirschfeld stops a shot during practice Monday, June 6, 2011 for their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match against the United States at Ford Field in Detroit.
Canada goalie Lars Hirschfeld stops a shot during practice Monday, June 6, 2011 for their CONCACAF Gold Cup soccer match against the United States at Ford Field in Detroit. AP Photo/Paul Sancya

The Canadian Premier League club also announced the signing of goalkeepers Dylon Powley and Connor James, both Edmonton natives.

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: FC Edmonton makes 1st international signing in South Korean midfielder

Watch below: Some videos from Global News’ coverage of FC Edmonton.

“We have decided to go with two relatively young Edmonton ‘keepers and I believe that Lars’ history, professionalism, and coaching credentials are exactly what these two young ‘keepers need to reach their potential,” Paulus, who doubles as director of soccer operations, said in a statement.

At the club level, Hirschfeld won league titles in Norway and Romania.

“I’m looking forward it,” said Hirschfeld. “Throughout my career there were always murmurs and rumours of a Canadian league starting up again, and to be a part of that, especially in the town I grew up in, is very special.”

Story continues below advertisement

READ MORE: FC Edmonton officially joins Canadian Premier League

Watch below: (From April 15, 2018) Many soccer fans in Alberta’s capital are hoping the city will soon have a team in the Canadian Premier League. But is Edmonton’s current soccer stadium large enough to compete in such a league? Alberta Delitala reports.

Click to play video 'Is Edmonton’s soccer stadium big enough for the Canadian Premier League?' Is Edmonton’s soccer stadium big enough for the Canadian Premier League?
Is Edmonton’s soccer stadium big enough for the Canadian Premier League? – Apr 14, 2018

Powley, 22, played for Edmonton Juventus and the Edmonton Drillers during his youth career, before joining the MacEwan University Griffins. Powley also spent time with Calgary Foothills FC and, most recently, FC Gute in Sweden.

James, 22, was drafted seventh overall in the inaugural CPL-U SportsDraft in November, following a five-year career at the University of Alberta.