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    Loyal Company of the River Valley - Episode 209

    The Loyal Company of the River Valley podcast is the result of Nathan and Adam just having a few conversations over some beverages about FC Edmonton. Eventually they just decided to add a couple microphones to these conversations and make it a podcast. While they may be lacking in the analytic knowledge, they certainly make up for it with passion and optimism with all things Eddies. #FearNoFoe


    On this weeks episode, we go a little off topic with some nerd talk because not much has really happened in the league over the last week.

    We also look ahead to an unfortunately scheduled Al Classico and how it speaks to a larger topic we’ve focused on in the past with the schedule mishaps the league has had.

    We then talk about the other game this week against Pacific and the travelling contingent of FCE supporters that will be there.

    Listen & subscribe via the NSXI Network

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    • Football forgives almost anything so long as you produce. So when you hear football politics as a reason for a player’s decline, that’s a definite alarm. Sidelined at Rangers once in the second tier and not more than a year at any club since, including United where he had a two year contract. Hope he turns it around and makes the most of the Rangers cache.
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    • Was pretty clear from that article he was going to Pacific. Winnipeg and gale reunion boxed checked. Learning under Kah with a better squad. Pacific can be contenders with Bustos  Valour will still be Valour Bustos or not. It's a natural progression. Watch him sign for Edmonton now.
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