Shaun Saiko

Shaun Saiko (born November 13, 1989) is a Canadian retired professional soccer player.

Shaun Saiko
Personal information
Full name Shaun Saiko
Date of birth (1989-11-13) November 13, 1989
Place of birth St. Albert, Alberta, Canada
Height 5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
NTC Prairies
2006–2009 Middlesbrough
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Middlesbrough 0 (0)
2011–2013 FC Edmonton 66 (18)
2014 San Antonio Scorpions 3 (1)
Total 69 (19)
National team
2008–2009 Canada U20 6 (1)
2012 Canada U23 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 22, 2014
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of August 21, 2011



After impressing during a trial, Saiko began his professional career with Middlesbrough in the English Football League Championship.[1] Despite playing extensively with the reserves[2] he never made a first team appearance for the club and was released at the end of the 2009-10 season.

Returning home to Canada, he was signed by FC Edmonton of the new North American Soccer League in 2011. He scored the first goal in franchise history on April 9, 2011, in a 2-1 victory over the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.[3] The club re-signed Saiko for the 2012 season on October 12, 2011.[4]

In May 2012, he was named the NASL player of the month for his five goals and two assists, including a hat trick against the Carolina Railhawks.

On November 5, 2013 it was announced that Saiko had been released from FC Edmonton.[5]

On November 26, 2013 San Antonio Scorpions announced that Saiko has signed with the club for the 2014 season.[6] Saiko made six appearances for a total of 183 minutes played, and scored one goal. He was released from his contract on August 6, 2014.[7]


Saiko has played for Canadian national youth teams at U15, U20 and U23 levels, and was part of the Canadian team which took part in the 2009 CONCACAF U-20 Championship and attempted to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup.


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