EDMONTON, Alberta – Former FGCU men’s soccer standout Cristian Raudales ‘12 inked a professional contract with FC Edmonton of the North American Soccer League, as announced by the team on Thursday.
“I’m very excited to sign with FC Edmonton,” said Raudales (Bradenton, Fla./Manatee High School) after his first official training session as an Eddie. “Since the first day, everyone has made me feel so welcome and comfortable. We played well together in preseason, so hopefully I can keep that going and get another win this weekend.”
As a central midfielder, Raudales graduated as the FGCU men’s soccer team’s all-time leader in points and goals scored. The Honduras-born player tallied 43 points and 19 goals and also finished his career with a program-best six game-winning goals. He played 71 games for the Green and Blue and was a two-time captain under head coach Bob Butehorn.
“I’ve always admired Cristian’s determination and commitment to being a professional,” said Butehorn of the accomplishment. “I couldn’t be more proud.”
Raudales was a three-time Atlantic Sun All-Conference Team honoree with Second-Team accolades as a sophomore and junior and a First-Team nod in his senior campaign.
Upon graduation, Raudales played professionally in Germany as part of the German fourth division’s BSV Rehden.
Raudales joined FC Edmonton in the July preseason while the team trained in Victoria, British Columbia. He played two preseason matches with the Eddies and scored once in the final preseason match against Seattle Sounders FC.
“We’re really happy about the signing of Cristian,” said FC Edmonton head coach Colin Miller. “We’ve welcomed him into the family and he’s proven since day one that he has some terrific qualities and will be a great signing for us.”
Raudales will make his debut with FC Edmonton on Sunday, July 13 when the team hosts Ottawa Fury FC.
The team will travel to Florida in October when it is set to face the Tampa Bay Rowdies on Sunday, Oct. 12 in a 2 p.m. kickoff.
The NASL is a professional league with 10 teams in the United States and Canada. The league is sanctioned by U.S. Soccer as the Division II league in the American league system, just one level below Major League Soccer (MLS). The league was founded in 2009 and is currently in its third playing season.