BRISBANE ROAR 4 – SYDNEY FC 2
ADELAIDE UNITED 1 – MELBOURNE HEART 0
MELBOURNE VICTORY 2 CENTRAL COAST MARINERS 2
NEWCASTLE JETS 0 – WELLINGTON PHOENIX 3
PERTH GLORY 0 – WESTERN SYDNEY WANDERERS 1
Del Piero’s Roar Deal
After a dismal three losses in a row saw Brisbane Roar slump to the bottom of the table for the first time in their history, they bounced back in a high profile home fixture against Alessandro Del Piero and Sydney FC by putting them to the sword and winning 4-2 in front a season high crowd of 20,000. The win came after Roar coach Rado Vidosic was forced to make wholesale changes to the squad including dropping Mitch Nichols and The World’s Worst Defender Matt Jurman. It’s hard to tell if the changes worked as Sydney FC are such an awful team at the moment, I don’t think we can read too much into the result. Sydney have now conceded an incredible 14 goals in the last three games. All of their defenders are terrible and should be replaced as soon as Sydney can afford to.
On the plus side, Del Piero once again delivered the goods and is now tied for the Golden Boot with a brace against Brisbane that were great to watch. It’s a shame his incredible talent is being wasted with such a dreadful team. It’ll be interesting to see if the arrival of a new coach will improve things in Sydney. The latest round of rumours saw Avran Grant throw his name into the mix. I know Del Piero originally signed on for two seasons but I wouldn’t blame him for wanting to leave the circus that is Sydney FC.
Notes From Round Seven
Two big pieces of news that came out of the A-League this round. Firstly, a free-to-air TV deal has been agreed to with SBS which means as of next season, you won’t need cable tv to catch the A-League. Hopefully this will go some way towards broadening the reach of the league. The deal includes time delayed coverage of the finals and a weekly magazine show.
Secondly, there are rumours flying that David Beckham could be signed for the A-League for a ten game deal. With all the cashed up mining magnates that own clubs in the league, I don’t think its out of the realm of possibility for someone to pony up the cash. Beckham’s contract with L.A Galaxy expires in a month’s time so we’ll get a better idea then. It’s pretty crazy seeing these names being tossed around the league at the moment considering the last two seasons have seen two clubs go out of business.