Bite-sized news for you to chew over - the Young Socceroos bounce back with victory, Ben Buckley gives his thoughts on Del Piero's move and much more
The Young Socceroosresponded to their opening loss in the Asean Football Federation Under-19 tournament with a 4-0 victory over Vietnam in Ho Chi Minh City on Wednesday. Ryan Edwards opened the scoring on 30 minutes, slotting a finish past the hosts' advancing goalkeeper. Edwards was involved in the second goal, teeing up Jake Barker-Daish to finish the move calmly. Reece Caira converted a long-range effort three minutes later to make it 3-0, and the scoring was completed in the 83rd minute when Adam Taggart slotted home in the six-yard box. Coach Paul Okon was pleased with his side's finishing, which was lacking in the Young Socceroos' opening loss to Uzbekistan. "In the second half we started very well keeping possession, moved the ball well and as a result we scored three more goals and created numerous opportunities that could have made the scoreline even greater," he said via statement .
Football Federation Australia chief executive officer Ben Buckley believes the capture of Alessandro Del Piero by Sydney FC will have a positive impact on the international profile of the A-League. "Undoubtedly, this signing will have an immediate impact on attendances, membership, TV ratings and corporate support for the club and the A-League," he said via statement. Buckley spoke of Del Piero's desire to create a legacy in Australian football and said his move to the Sky Blues will improve the overall quality of the A-League. "The arrival of Del Piero will also impact on the technical quality of A-League, which was rated as an all-time high last season. This will ensure we remain in the elite tier of the top Asian professional leagues."
Perth Glory continued their impressive pre-season form with a 5-0 thumping of Western Australian State League side Inglewood United on Wednesday. Perth Glory captain Jacob Burns returned to the starting line-up, with Shane Smeltz away on international duty with New Zealand and Brandon O'Neill and Jesse Makarounas selected for the Young Socceroos. Steven McGarry scored the opening two goals for the Glory, with a Nick Ward tap-in sandwiched between two well-taken goals from Burns to complete the scoring. Glory coach Ian Ferguson praised his team's ability to play the ball out from the back and was happy to get some miles into the legs of the players. "Credit to Inglewood, they made it difficult for us but I was pleased we were able to get 90 minutes into most players," he said via statement.
Injured trio Thomas Broich, Mitch Nichols and Do Dong-Hyun will be welcomed back into the Brisbane Roar squad for Friday's friendly with Adelaide United at Hindmarsh stadium. Do and Broich have not featured since the Roar's first pre-season game against Brisbane Olympic in July, while Nichol's last match was an AFC Champions League fixture against Beijing Guoan in May. Roar coach Rado Vidosic is anticipating a tough, high-tempo game, with Adelaide United preparing for an ACL quarter-final against Uzbekistan side Bunyodkor on September 19. "I expect the intensity to be there for the whole 90 minutes, they need to have what if scenarios - what if we're 1-0 done, what if we're 2-0 up, how do we deal with our opponents?" he said via statement.
Meanwhile, the Roar have appointed Belinda Wilson as new head coach of the club's W-League team. Wilson has spent the past three years involved in Norwegian football and worked for the Asian Football Confederation as director of women's football from 2007-08. Wilson said she was excited about developing female football in Australia and continuing the success of Brisbane's W-League team. "I'm glad to be back in Australia to help women's football because I think we've got a really bright future [in regards to] where we are headed at a national team level," she said via statement. "Queensland football, and this team in particular, has always been very strong and I hope we can continue that. The players that are in the squad and the coaching staff we have will continue in that direction."