Canada int’l Ledgerwood joins FC Edmonton

Canada international Nik Ledgerwood (pictured) signed with FC Edmonton on January 12, 2016 after a long career in Europe. (Photo: Mexsport)

EDMONTON, Canada -- After more than a decade plying his trade in Europe, Canada international Nik Ledgerwood is coming home to play for FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League.

The versatile 30-year-old, who competed in a pair of FIFA U-20 World Cups (2003, 2005), can be used in the midfield or at right back and is expected to give the Eddies an injection of valuable experience.

“Nik is what I consider to be a modern Canadian professional,” said FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller as the deal was announced Tuesday.  “Nik has 12 years of experience playing in Europe.  For him, or any Canadian player to last as long as that takes some doing.  It’s not easy to play in Europe, especially as a Canadian player. That shows the type of character that Nik has and the type of character that he is.” 

Ledgerwood started his career with the now defunct Calgary Storm, before moving to Germany’s TSV 1860 Munich II in 2003.

He also played for German clubs FSV Frankfurt, Wehen Wiesbaden, MSV Duisburg and, most recently, Energie Cottbus (2014-15), while suiting up for Sweden’s Hammarby (2012-13). 

A reliable and hard-nosed player, Ledgerwood has been a national-team regular making 45 appearances for Canada at the senior level, including 15 appearances in World Cup qualifiers and eight in three editions of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. 

“When I became interim head coach of the Canadian national team I had the chance to get to know Nik that little bit better,” Miller finished.  “He was one that was so reliable and we will look at him to be a central midfield player for us.  Nik will give us experience, he will give us tenacity and he will raise the bar in terms of the level of professionalism and experience at the club.”