A-League Team of the Week: Del Piero taunts Victory, Pain steps up

Goal Australia brings you the best XI from each round of the 2013-14 A-League season. Alessandro Del Piero leads the line this week after his heroics for 10-man Sydney FC

Team Of The Week:



Central Coast

Making his Mariners debut in place of Justin Pasfield, who committed a howling error against the Jets in Round 4, former Sydney FC man Reddy looked assured throughout, and is set to offer his colleague some major competition for the number one jersey throughout 2013-14. Although he was beaten at his near post for Kwame Yeboah's winner, such was the quality of the blistering strike that he largely escapes blame.


Shannon COLE
Western Sydney

Newcastle Jets

Western Sydney

Cole wins a spot in our three-man back-line after netting the winner and helping his team keep a clean sheet away to Melbourne Heart on Friday. What more can you ask for from a defender? Similarly, Jaliens was in the right place at the right time to tuck home an important goal for the Jets away to Adelaide, but also performed admirably at the back, an assured presence as Gary van Egmond's team bagged their first victory of the season. And Jamieson put in a good shift for the Glory in Christchurch, helping his team grind out a draw against the Phoenix despite a marathon trip from WA.


Brisbane Roar

Iacapo LA ROCA
Western Sydney

Adelaide United

Brisbane Roar

Franjic continued his impressive start to the new season by troubling the Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium, and has a potential Socceroos recall to look forward to in the game against Costa Rica next week. La Rocca has done well to keep his place in the Wanderers' keenly contested midfield, keeping out Mateo Poljak and partnering expertly with Aaron Mooy. Broich keeps reminding us why he's one of the best players in the competition, helping to get the most of youngsters Kwame Yeboah and Petratos as the Roar manage their injury crisis with ease. And Carrusca fought valiantly in a losing cause for Adelaide, a consistent performer during an inconsistent start to the campaign from the Reds.


Connor PAIN
Melbourne Victory

Alessandro DEL PIERO
Sydney FC

Nathan BURNS
Newcastle Jets

In attack, Del Piero leads the line after a masterclass against the Victory on Saturday. Constantly drawing fouls - some deserved, others less so - he gave young fullback Jason Geria a torrid time and slotted home what proved to be the winner from the penalty spot after drawing the foul from Pablo Contreras. At the other end, Pain seized the chance offered to him in the absence of Kosta Barbarouses by being one of the Victory's sharpest attacking threats. And Burns had his best game yet in a Jets shirt during their 2-1 win at Coopers Stadium.

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