Arriving late in the 2016 North American Soccer League (NASL) season, FC Edmonton midfielder Ben Fisk wasted no time making his presence known.
The Vancouver, B.C. product quickly became a regular starter in head coach Colin Miller’s Starting XI, adding an attacking flare to the lineup that paid off late in the season as FC Edmonton pursued a spot in The Championship, the NASL’s four-team postseason tournament.
Fisk made a total of 16 appearances in the Fall Season and added a pair of goals down the home stretch for FC Edmonton. His regular season play that included one Player of the Week and three Team of the Week honours earned him a nomination for the 2016 NASL Young Player of the Year award.
“I think for any player when you get accolades it gives you more confidence,” Fisk said. “A lot of it has to do with how the team is doing, because when you have 10 other guys around you playing well it makes it a lot easier to show your best self.”
The 24-year-old winger was rewarded for his impressive play with his first ever senior cap with the Canadian national team in January of 2017. Fisk earned himself a spot in the starting lineup in an eventual 4-2 win over Bermuda. Getting a taste with the national side has left the winger hungry for more national team opportunities.
“It was a very proud moment for me,” Fisk said. “It was a nice start to 2017 and hopefully I can carry that confidence from [national team] camp into this season with Edmonton. You can learn a lot from the guys who have been around the block and have seen it all. [Nik Ledgerwood] and [Adam Straith] are guys that help me a lot on and off the field, and to be able to share the pitch with them for Canada and now Edmonton is something I’m really happy about.”
Now that Fisk has settled in to life in Edmonton, the winger is preparing for his first preseason with the club. Fisk and his teammates take off for Manchester on March 9 and the winger believes a full preseason camp his teammates will only make it easier for him and his team to reach their goals of winning a championship this season.
“I think I am set for success this season,” Fisk said. “I feel comfortable here, I know the city and the team well, so I’m really excited for [the new season]. As an attacker you are judged by your output, so wether I’m scoring goals or assisting them, in my position it’s what I’m expected to do to help the team. That’s what I hope to do this season.
“As a team, I thought we had a great season last year and hopefully this year we can go that one step further.”
With the club loaded in midfield, earning a spot in the starting XI will be no easy task. However, the 24-year-old does not shy away from competition as he insists he wouldn’t have it any other way.
“It only benefits the team,” Fisk noted. “It creates competitive training sessions and higher intensity sessions. We will have a very competitive team whoever is starting and whoever is on the bench will be chomping at the bit for their chance. You can’t be complacent with your position on the team or else you’ll go downhill. It pushes everyone to be better themselves.”