Uruguayan-Australian striker Richard Porta has moved to United Arab Emirates Pro-League outfit Dubai Club on a two-year deal. The Sydney-born striker, who is coveting a Socceroos cap, contributed 17 league goals as Nacional won the 2011-12 Uruguayan Primera Division. It is the 28-year-old's second stint in the UAE, having scored one goal in eight appearances for Al Wasl under then-coach Diego Maradona in 2011. "It's a see you later, because I hope to play again in Nacional," Porta told Unoticias in Uruguay. I was offered a crazy contract and I accepted."
Melbourne Heart have handed a trial to Italy based midfielder Jacob Poscoliero. The 22-year-old is on the books of Serie D outfit Sandona, having spent four years in Italy since leaving New South Wales Premier League outfit Blacktown City. A central midfielder, Poscoliero also counts Parramatta Eagles and hometown club Wollongong among his former clubs, and jumped at the chance to trial at Heart while back in Australia during his off-season. "This has come as quite a bolt from the blue, but a very welcome one at that," he said. "Having been overseas for 4 years, I am looking forward to testing myself against some of the best players in the A-League here at Melbourne Heart FC and putting that experience to the test. I'm very grateful to the club for giving me such a great opportunity and I aim not to disappoint."
Dario Vidosic and Cassio have broken ranks at Adelaide United to challenge comments made by Reds chief executive Glenn Elliott. Elliott told The Adelaide Advertiser on Tuesday that attackers Vidosic and Serginho van Dijk would not join another A-League club, while also describing Cassio as "often injured". Elliott also said any wantaway players would be demoted to the club's National Youth League team. But Vidosic and Cassio sought to clear the air with the same newspaper: "I haven't said that I want to leave Adelaide United, so there shouldn't be anything," Vidosic said. "We held talks around Christmas and once they were resolved that was the end of it, but stories continue to come out where not one word has come from me. I am happy to be here, but now it comes out I want to leave and will play for the youth team." Cassio reportedly spent around AU$20,000 of his own money for medical treatment on his ankle in Brazil last season, and is confident he can return to full fitness. "I hope the supporters can see, despite the CEO's comments, that I have returned from my treatment in Brazil stronger and that I am dedicated to playing at the highest standard," Cassio told the newspaper. The story comes just two days after a drastic coaching shake-up that saw assistant Luciano Trani reportedly demoted to the NYL post.
Shane Smeltz believes the failure of New Zealand at the 2012 OFC Nations Cup should spur the country on at the 2012 London Olympics. The All Whites exited the tournament at the semi-finals, ensuring they would alss miss the 2013 Confederations Cup. Smeltz - one of three overage players for New Zealand's Under-23 side at the Olympics - said the lesson should be learned. "Maybe that was the wakeup-call we needed, it was a massive disappointment for us," Smeltz told The World Game. "It's important that we learn lessons from what went wrong, move on and make sure it never happens again."