Adelaide United look to swell their foreign contingent for the second time in just a handful of days with the capture of Portuguese attacker Fabio Ferreira. The former Chelsea and Sporting CP youth is on trial at the Reds, having moved to Australia to play with New South Wales Super League club Dulwich Hill after several seasons with lower-league clubs in his homeland. Capable of playing as a striker, attacking midfielder or winger, the right-footer told The Australian of his excitement at his potential signing with Adelaide, who landed Argentine winger Marcelo Carrusca on Friday. "This is very exciting for me," he told the newspaper. "I was getting a little worried. There was no interest from Sydney FC or the Wanderers. I had a trial with the Mariners but unfortunately, I got an injury. But Adelaide is a great opportunity. I haven't signed yet with them but they told me they are giving me a contract. I am grateful to the club and [coach] John Kosmina and I am determined not to let them down."
Ian Crook's first game in charge of Sydney FC will against New South Wales Super League club Macarthur Rams on August 14 - deep in the heartland of new A-League club and city rivals Western Sydney Wanderers. The match is the first of three pre-season fixtures announced by the club on Monday, with the Sky Blues to also take on the St George Saints on August 21 and Manly United on August 28. As well as Crook's first match at the club's helm, the clash against the Rams at Campbelltown Stadium will also likely feature first turnouts for several of the Sky Blues' new signings. "It's great to have our regular pre-season fixture at Campbelltown where we have always had fantastic support and we hope to see as many fans as possible turn up," Crook said. "I'm really excited about this game as it’s the first chance to put our hard work and new football style to the test."
Australia have fallen to a 2-1 loss to the United Arab Emirates in the second match of their Under-16 friendly tournament in Saudi Arabia. The UAE took the lead in the 33rd minute, before Joeys captain Jack Iredale equalized from the spot after Taylor Tombides had been brought down by the opposing goalkeeper. But a late strike won it for the UAE, ensuring that Australia - after a draw with hosts Saudi Arabia on Saturday - remain winless ahead of their final match, against China on Tuesday. "To ensure we are developing the whole squad in preparation for the  AFC Championship we made nine changes to the team that started against Saudi Arabia," Joeys head coach Alistair Edwards said. "These type of quality games are exactly what we need, we have one more game against China and without doubt the players will leave this friendly tournament with crucial learning experiences. The most important aspect from the two games so far has been that 21 players have now gained crucial international experience against quality opposition."
Central Coast Mariners general manager of football Lawrie McKinna has announced he is running for a season on Gosford Council. McKinna will head a five-member independent team in the coming local elections, running under the catchphrase 'Kicking Goals for Gosford'. "My ticket is about fair representation across all areas of the electorate, it's about common sense for council with a fresh new approach," McKinna said via press release. "I bring a game plan, I want to focus on the goals and objectives. I want to be able to position council in the best interest of everyone."