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  1. Tim Cahill

    deserves its own thread Melbourne City close to securing Tim Cahill for next season 12:00AM JUNE 17, 2016 Ray Gatt Melbourne City are understood to be on the verge of announcing the signing of Tim Cahill for next season’s A-League competition. In what would be a huge coup for the Victorian club and a landmark moment for the national league, sources suggest the deal to bring the Socceroos legend home is all but done. The move, revealed exclusively by The Australian last week, will see Cahill become the face of Australian soccer and provide a promotional and marketing boost to the profile of City and the A-League. It comes at a time when Football Federation Australia is in the middle of negotiating a new television broadcasting deal. The current deal, worth $160 million over four years, expires at the end of the 2016-17 season, and the head body, which has been experiencing some financial ­issues, is holding out hopes of doubling it. The Socceroos talisman will be a significant bargaining chip, especially if the deal includes a free-to-air component. Cahill, 37 in ­December, has been playing in China since last year, first with Shanghai Shenhua, where he scored 11 goals in 28 games, and lately with Hangzhou Greentown. Unfortunately, Hangzhou have been struggling this season and are sitting second from bottom with just nine points from 13 games and in danger of being relegated. Cahill has scored three goals in 11 games and provided several assists. It is understood the club will not take up an option to retain him when the Chinese transfer window opens on Monday. However, Cahill has attracted interested from several other Chinese Super League clubs, including cashed-up Shanghai SIPG, who are coached by former England manager Sven-Goran Eriksson. It’s also believed there is interest from Major League Soccer in the US, and from English clubs. Melbourne City, who are backed by the City Football Group, owners of the Manchester City and New York City clubs, have been negotiating with ­Cahill for the past three months. The club is desperate to make an impact in the A-League and emerge from the shadow of bitter rivals Melbourne Victory, and view Cahill as the perfect marketing and promotional tool as well as being someone who can help them on the field. The club averaged home crowds of 11,000 last season, and Cahill, who is immensely popular among kids, could give them a significant boost in that area. The major stumbling block to City signing the Socceroo was removed last week when a meeting of A-League club chairmen voted to amend the guest player rule. Clubs were initially asked to allow for a third marquee but this was overruled. A compromise was reached regarding the signing of guest players so that City, who already have two marquees, could fit Cahill into their roster. Under normal circumstances, clubs can sign a guest player on a 14-game contract. However, under the amendment, they can now sign a player, provided he is deemed of the highest quality by FFA, for the entire season in what will be a one-off for next season. City are expected to soon announce the signing of a high-profile overseas player to join Bruno Fornaroli as their two marquees. http://www.theaustralian.com.au/sport/football/melbourne-city-close-to-securing-tim-cahill-for-next-season/news-story/8f9f8fb590aaa904f5804df0b416c178
  2. Larissa Crummer

    Melbourne City forward Larissa Crummer not focused on W-League scoring record December 18, 2015 Daniel Cherny She may have more than twice as many goals as the next most prolific players in the W-League this season, but Larissa Crummer says she is not thinking about the possibility of breaking the competition's single-season scoring record. Melbourne City forward Crummer has found the back of the net 10 times already, having played in seven of her side's eight straight wins to start the season. With Joe Montemurro's team having already qualified for the finals, Crummer could have as many as six games remaining to pass the mark of 15 goals set by Canberra United star Michelle Heyman in the 2011-12 season. Seven other players enter round 10 on four goals, including Heyman, and Crummer's City teammates Kim Little and Marianna Tabain. However, it is not the prospect of setting a new benchmark that is driving Crummer, who remarkably does not turn 20 until next month. Instead it is the prospect of teeing up the premiership. Despite having four matches to play, City could lock away top position should they defeat Perth Glory at home on Sunday, and second-placed Canberra get anything less than a win when they host bottom of the table Melbourne Victory on Saturday. "[I'm] not thinking about [the record] at all at the moment," Crummer said on Friday, having returned from this week's Matildas training camp in Canberra. "It's a team sport and my main goal is to help Melbourne City take out the premiership and then win the grand final." Crummer said her remarkable scoring run could be credited in large part to the supply of midfielder pair Little and Jess Fishlock. In spite of their dominance, Crummer added that City were not looking too far ahead. "We don't really think of where we are on the table. We go out, and we train, and we do as Joe says, and we just want to keep getting better and better." Montemurro has been on record flagging the possibility of squad rotation in the weeks leading up to the finals. It is a luxury afforded by his side's all-conquering run. Crummer said she would be comfortable sitting out for a game if Montemurro thought it best. "If Joe wants to rest me then I would 100 per cent trust Joe. He's the coach and if he thinks resting me is the best decision for the team then I trust him." http://www.theage.com.au/sport/soccer/melbourne-city/melbourne-city-forward-larissa-crummer-not-focused-on-wleague-scoring-record-20151218-glqxr1.html
  3. Fornaroli has just said on radio that he is coming to Melbourne City: FORNAROLI: "I TRAVEL ON SUNDAY, IT DECIDED TO FAMILY" July 7, 2015 "This came from scouting Manchester City in Argentina. The representative of Bertolo know me, first I said no and then decided with the family. The Melbourne City of Australia is one of the Manchester clubs like New York City and Yokohama. I travel Sunday to the medical examination in Manchester and back. I spoke with the coach and the Prof. I was told of Uruguayans who are residing there and they make you feel at home. " (Bruno Fornaroli, at 9:35, "100% Sport" Sport 890). http://www.tenfield.com.uy/fornaroli-lo-decidi-con-la-familia/ Welcome!
  4. Nathaniel Atkinson

    Tasmanian young gun signs for Melbourne City 13.01.2016 One of Tasmania ’s most prodigious young talents has made his first step towards an A-League dream, with Riverside boy Nathaniel Atkinson signing for the Melbourne City Youth team for 2016. Atkinson, 16, of Riverside, had a fantastic 2015 as part of Tasmania’s National Training Centre (NTC) squad. His year included a match against Melbourne City on tour in Melbourne, where Atkinson caught their eye with a blistering hat trick. He also starred at the NTC Challenge for the nation’s finest young soccer stars, scoring six of Tasmania's 12 goals in the tournament. Tasmania’s NTC Coach Kenny Weston said the midfielder’s Youth League contract was just rewards for an impressive year. "Nathaniel had a memorable 2015, formerly a flying winger I converted him to a box to box midfielder and he flourished,” Weston said. "Nat scored a hat trick in a practice game against Melbourne City in July, scoring within 15 seconds of the start of the game which instantly put him on City’s radar. He followed this up with a successful trial period and has signed for the club. "Nat can play both in midfield and as a winger and is a real match winner, he weighs in heavily with both goals and assists. He has exceptional ability to go past opponents effortlessly with pace, skill and speed. He should target playing NYL in 2016,” Weston explained. Joining City is a dream come true for the determined Atkinson, who is a mad fan of Melbourne City’s parent club Manchester City. “It is going to be a great experience but an even bigger challenge. I've still got a long way to go, I can’t wait to get over and show them what I am made of,” Atkinson said. “I've been a Manchester City fan since day one so that just adds to the excitement of the move,” he added. Atkinson will join Melbourne City this week, joining the club from the 15th of January, 2016. He will play in the NPL Victoria 1 competition in 2016 and will aim for a starting berth in the next Youth League season. http://www.footballfedtas.com.au/index.php?id=15&tx_ttnews[year]=2016&tx_ttnews[month]=01&tx_ttnews[tt_news]=1399&cHash=f625a78b44428cff53ddfdf9c8df6e1b
  5. Jess Fishlock

    A big signing who has played a lot with Kim Little Melbourne City player-coach role suits Wales's Jess Fishlock 13 October 2015 Wales forward Jess Fishlock says the opportunity to develop her coaching was a major lure to re-join Australian side Melbourne City on loan. With parent club Seattle Reign having finished their season in North America, Fishlock will head down under to play in the W-League from late October. The 28-year-old has had two previous loan spells at Melbourne Victory. "I didn't want to go a long time without playing and I get to be there as an assistant coach," Fishlock said. "It is something I really wanted to do, but I also feel that Melbourne City are really going to take women's football in Australia to another level. "With their facilities and what they're now having for the ladies I wanted to be a part of that, and I wanted to help push football in the right direction." Fishlock, who has scored 28 goals in 87 games for Wales, will combine playing with the post of assistant coach alongside head coach Joe Montemurro. Melbourne City are part of the network of teams owned by City Football Group, which also includes Manchester City and New York City FC. "They're basically the sister of Manchester City and New York City, and Man City are just taking over the world right now... they're all the same franchise," added Cardiff City Ladies product Fishlock. "You see what City are doing here in England for the women and it's going to be very similar out there." http://www.bbc.com/sport/0/football/34521451
  6. Kim Little

    Huge signing. Will star in the W-League Exclusive: Kim Little on moving to Oz and why Scotland's women will beat the men in the race to reach a major finals Stewart Fisher 17 October 2015 KIM Little bodyswerves the assertion that she is Scotland's only world class footballer but doesn't deviate from her expectation that the nation's women's team will reach a major finals before the men ever do. This unassuming 25-year-old, raised in Mintlaw, Aberdeenshire, has quietly become one of our greatest sporting exports. Having ticked off England with a trophy-laden spell with Arsenal Ladies, and the USA with her successful ongoing attachment to Seattle Reign, now it is time to hold another continent in her thrall. In a week or so, Little will pack her bags for a whistlestop loan spell with W-League outfit Melbourne City. It is the kind of temporary arrangement usually reserved for the globetrotting world stars of the men's game like David Beckham or Frank Lampard. Where Little really wants to go, though, is Netherlands in the summer of 2017, for the finals of the Uefa Women's Euro. Speaking of world class players, many of them of all sexes and from many minor nations have agonisingly failed to make it to these summer showpieces over the years but if ever there was a chance for Little to experience that Gareth Bale moment and inspire Anna Signeul's side to that big breakthrough moment then this, surely, is it. After a victory in Slovenia on the group's opening matchday (courtesy of a Little hat-trick), now it is the turn of Belarus to take on the Scots in Motherwell next Friday night, the first part of a double header which also includes a trip to Skopje to face Macedonia. While miracle football nation Iceland are the highest-ranked side in the group, at No 19, the finals have been expanded from 12 to 16 teams, meaning the eight group winners and the six best runners up all qualify. Scotland can call themselves the 20th best team in the world and the 11th best team in Europe so Little would take it rather personally if they can't make it. "No-one has ever said that to me," Little told the Herald Sport modestly. "I don't think that really comes into it. We all want to qualify for major tournaments. It doesn't matter whether you are a goalkeeper, a forward or whatever, everyone would love to get there and everyone would deserve it if we can do it. I'm not really someone who feels extra pressure. "But we have drawn a really good group, probably better than we ever have done," she added. "Iceland are obviously a great team and will give us hard games but we hope that we can pick up all the points we should from the teams ranked lower than us and that will hopefully lead us to get us to the Euros. "It would be a huge disappointment if we don't make it, considering we are ranked one of the top 16 teams in Europe. It is definitely a far more achievable campaign than any other we have been in. But we are not complacent - we know we need to go out and get the results, then hopefully come the end of next year we will be on our way to the Netherlands. Getting to a major finals would be a huge leap forward for us in terms of developing the sport in this country. We have been so close the last two times but just fallen short. It would be a great thing for young girls to see a Scottish women's team playing on that stage." Little's close control and touch were honed in mixed gender teams at Mintlaw Academy but suffice to say a few of the finer points in the failed campaign of Gordon Strachan's side were lost on her. "I am never really in Scotland and I haven't really been able to sit down and watch one match right through," he said. "It is obviously very disappointing, though, especially when you consider how well Wales and Northern Ireland have done in qualifying. Obviously their focus will be the next campaign now but I think any nation with a footballing culture like ours should expect to be at major tournaments." So busy has Little been recently - her Seattle Reign side finished the regular season with the best record only to lose in the play-off final to Kansas City FC for the second successive year - that this former FA and Premier League player of the year, NWSL League MVP and NWSL golden boot winner also admits she is going into her Antipodean adventure somewhat blind. She has never even previously been to Australia but her three month, 12-game season with expansion team Melbourne City, at the height of the Australian summer, will be another life experience. "We get together on Tuesday afternoon, play on Friday, then we go to Macedonia the week after and then it is out to Australia for me," said Little, the scorer of 44 goals in her 108 caps to date. "I have never been out to Australia before or that part of the world and I would love to see it. The season in the USA is not so long as some other seasons, the Australian season kind of fits into it. I thought about doing it last year but chose not to. I have been told Melbourne is a great city by a load of people but I don't know too much about the league. The Australia team is very strong, though, and three or four of them play with Melbourne." Little has, of course, graced one major finals already, one of three Scots in total called up for Team GB team at the London 2012 Olympics - something she looks back on with fondness despite all the political football being played around that time. "What goals do I have left?" she asks. "Just to go out and play football. To keep getting better. To go out there every day and win." http://www.heraldscotland.com/sport/13875818.Exclusive__Kim_Little_on_moving_to_Oz_and_why_Scotland_s_women_will_beat_the_men_in_the_race_to_reach_a_major_finals/
  7. Steph Catley

    Rio Olympic Games 2016: Australian soccer player Stephanie Catley one of sport’s shining lights May 20, 2016 Megan Miller STEPHANIE Catley has the world at her feet. Not only is she living the dream of making soccer her livelihood, she’s about to take centre stage at the greatest sporting show on Earth. Almost four years after making her debut for the national women’s soccer team, the star defender and her fellow Matildas will pull on the green and gold for August’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. It’s a pinch-yourself moment for the Melbourne athlete, who aptly turned 22 on Australia Day this year. Catley might not be a household name, but she’s one of soccer’s brightest lights. At 20, she captained Melbourne Victory to the local W-League title in 2013-14. She won the W-League Young Player of the Year two seasons running, and has become a regular starter for the Matildas. In January, she helped Melbourne City create history in its inaugural W-League season. Not only did the team take out the 2015-16 championship, beating Sydney FC 4-1 at AAMI Park, it had won all 12 of its lead-up games to complete a perfect season. Catley’s now in the US playing for Orlando Pride in the National Women’s Soccer League, having spent two NWSL seasons with the Portland Thorns and being named its Newcomer of the Year in 2014. In March, she was part of the Matildas’ 20-player squad to book a place in Rio after a triumphant qualifying campaign in Osaka, Japan. The team hasn’t featured in the Olympics since 2004 and last year overcame a bitter pay dispute between Football Federation Australia and the players’ union that threatened to derail Olympic qualification plans. The draw for Rio sees the Matildas face Canada first but also powerhouse Germany in their bid to claim Australia’s first football medal at the Games. Lucky that Catley lives, breathes and sleeps soccer. She even prefers to spend rare days off on a field running laps and refining her technique. Catley’s Melbourne base is the family home in bayside Seaford with her beloved corgi Bentley. She grew up in Bentleigh East, playing sport at school and with brother Daniel, 24. “I was always sporty, a real tomboy and sports nut,” Catley says. “I found myself doing athletics, tennis and a few other sports, but once I started playing soccer it was just kind of set from there.” She loves the light and shade of the game, which she started playing in the junior leagues for East Bentleigh and Sandringham. “I love that you can be aggressive and strong,” she says, “but also technical and have a bit of finesse about your game and be crafty. It’s also a team game, which is what I love about sport, connecting with people, making best friends and feeling like a family, especially when you’re playing for your country.” The left-footer started her career as a midfielder but moved to defence during an under-17s practice match when she filled in for an injured player. “The coach slotted me in and it ended up feeling very natural and I’ve been playing there ever since.” The single star — “I’m married to soccer” — juggles playing commitments with studying for a Bachelor of Education online through Swinburne University, with a view to teaching at primary schools in the future. “I’ve always loved working with kids,” she says. “I’m not entirely sure what I want to specialise in but I’m focusing on primary school and will probably head into the PE sector down the track.” For now, it’s soccer all the way. Her weekly training schedule is gruelling — six days on the pitch as well as three sessions in the gym. Training camps are even more intensive with pre-dawn wake-up calls, twice-daily on-field sessions and recoveries, plus tactical meetings and analysis into the evenings. “It’s like a fulltime job basically, which is pretty cool,” Catley says. “It’s like being a professional footballer and that, in Australia, is really special.” Catley, sponsored by Nike, believes women’s soccer — and female sport in general — is finally getting the exposure it deserves. Channel 7 broadcast the Matildas’ five Olympic qualifying matches live from Japan on its digital channel, 7mate, averaging a peak national audience of 354,000. Seven West Media boss Tim Worner says the ratings show a hunger for women’s sport. “Our audience got right behind the Matildas when they delivered their remarkable success at the Olympic qualifiers,” Worner says. Catley credits the Matildas’ 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup campaign in Canada with bringing the sport to the forefront. The team reached the quarter-finals before losing to defending champ Japan from a late goal, but the exposure saw a number of players pick up contracts with overseas clubs. “It was exciting for us because we didn’t really see it happen while we were over there as we were so focused, but when we got home you could really feel the shift in attention and interest,” she says. LAST year, Catley also had the honour of gracing the cover of the EA Sports FIFA 16computer game, the first time in 22 editions of the game that a female player had been featured. Catley appeared alongside Argentine football legend Lionel Messi on the cover after more than nine million soccer fans took part in a vote to see their favourite stars on the cover, a world first for the global franchise. “There were three of us up for the cover (Catley, Katrina Gorry and Kyah Simon),” Catley said. “It was amazing for (fans) to want to have a Matilda on the front. It was a massive step forward and big recognition of how far we’ve come.” What would an Olympic medal do for the team? “Qualifying is such an amazing thing — it’s been a while since the team’s even qualified,” she says. “This team wanted to be there in Rio so bad. We think we can medal and do really well. Personally, it’s incredible to play for your country. Every time you put the shirt on to represent your country, no matter what game or what tournament, it’s something so special.” Catley spends up to five months a year playing in the NWSL in the US. She says Americans hold women’s soccer in high regard, particularly in Oregon, where her former team, the Portland Thorns, attracts the same fervour as the men’s team, Portland Timbers. “The league has lots of amazing fans with high expectations of their teams to do well and players to be at their best,” she says. “You’re able to get the best out of yourself. “I remember coming back from my first US season a different player and stronger physically but also mentally.” Living away from home does have its dark times and bouts of homesickness. At halftime in the Matildas’ World Cup exit game last year, Catley had a pain-numbing injection in her foot after slamming her heel into the ground. Scans later revealed plantar fasciitis and bone bruising, leaving Catley sidelined and in a boot to rest and heal. “I was rehabbing but wanted to be playing,” she says. “Because I wasn’t playing I got a bit homesick. “Usually you’re so busy with football and your job, you don’t have time to be homesick. It does get hard. I miss my mum and my dog. It’s all worth it though. The league there is great.” Being a role model and a Matildas fan favourite is something Catley takes in her stride. “There’s no pressure (to be a role model) but it’s something I feel is special,” she says. “Kids look up to us and want to be like us or be in the Matildas. It’s exciting that kids look up to female sportspeople because when I was growing up, I didn’t really have access to females being covered in the mainstream media. It’s interesting now with social media there’s so many ways you can interact with fans and I meet kids all the time at clinics who are so excited to meet you. It’s really cool.” Catley doesn’t think she’s superstitious at all, until she gives it some proper consideration. “I always thought I wasn’t but after this W-League season, we went undefeated and I consciously started trying not to change things. I was always the last one out on the field for every single training session and didn’t want to change that, so even if I was ready first, I’d wait until everybody was out there then I’d run out. It was funny and people started picking up on it and saying, ‘Don’t come out yet.’ “Other little things like eating mum’s spaghetti bolognese before a home game have also become a bit of a tradition.” And there’ll no doubt be a big appetite to see the Matildas waltz on to the pitch hungry for Games glory come August. http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/olympics-2016/rio-olympic-games-2016-australian-soccer-player-stephanie-catley-one-of-sports-shining-lights/news-story/8696f25b60b63372396bfdb365afffa0
  8. The Run Home and Realistic Expectations

    By the way, at the moment Victory have a +5 goal difference and we have a +2 goal difference. So we need 2 points to jump them on the ladder
  9. Some fair comments. Unfortunately, apart from maybe Sorensen (and that’s debatable) It’s very hard to name senior or important players (like Socceroos) who have left the club on impeccably good terms. Especially Australian players. Aloisi, Skoko, Colosimo, Bolton, Garcia, Kewell, Kennedy, Paartalu, Franjic, Cahill Kilkenny. None of these players have good or ongoing ties with the club (even though some have been named “club ambassadors”). And too many players are badly regarded the moment they exit the club IMO (Bolton is merely a Sydney player? Really?). I know there are lots of circumstances our struggling club has had with these players, and maybe a few or some are fully correctly criticised and disregarded. Nonetheless, overall I hope former players aren’t so disregarded and dismissed so easily in the future. We know there’s too much instability with the playing squad, and i would like to see less instability with former players too in the future too.
  10. Bruce Kamau

    http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/a-league/teams/melbourne-city/melbourne-city-to-sign-adelaide-uniteds-aleague-grand-final-goalscorer-bruce-kamau/news-story/0a885267fe6c723608742034ceca69d6 Welcome!
  11. Maybe Bolton does have an axe to grind. It can both be true that A) Bolton is very informed about Melbourne Heart/City (he really knows his stuff), and B.) he has an axe to grind (perhaps he is bitter about how he left and/or how CFG treated the old club--"the club that would become Melbourne City"--of which Bolton was once one of the main faces of). I'm not saying that everything that Bolton says is gospel. I'm just saying that I wouldn't dismiss his claims easily (some counter-evidence to dismiss his claims would be a good start).
  12. Bruce Kamau

    Warren Joyce says Bruce Kamau was left out of squad against Adelaide due to speculation he’s moving to the Wanderers Anna Harrington March 16, 2018 MELBOURNE City coach Warren Joyce says Bruce Kamau was left out of Friday’s clash with Adelaide United due to reports the forward had signed with Western Sydney. Kamau was named in City’s initial squad but come game time, had been omitted. Joyce said speculation the forward had signed with the Wanderers was the reason he wasn’t playing. “Well obviously that news broke, it was news to myself this morning,” he told Fox Sports’ Kick Off. “We’ll discuss it with Bruce next week. “He was left out tonight because of that.” Former Adelaide coach John Kosmina said he admired Joyce’s honesty and said the coach potentially had to take action after seeing a change in Kamau during training. “One thing I’ve got to state is Warren Joyce’s honesty is refreshing to be honest, a lot of coaches would fluff around a question like that,” he said. “You have to, you’ve got to be truthful. “But the thing is if Bruce Kamau’s already been talking to Western Sydney, his head’s not in the right space. “And that’s probably what Warren Joyce has assessed during his time on the training park, ‘is he really here for the next five games?’” Kamau has dazzled at times this season for City, but has also been in and out of Joyce’s starting line-up. Former Sydney defender Sasa Ognenovski said the onus was on the player to remain professional, even if they were planning to leave a club at the end of a season. “I’ve been in the same situation when I’ve moved from Brisbane to Adelaide and Frank Farina was my coach and he didn’t drop me because he knew I was going to Adelaide,” he said. “But you need to be a professional either way. “So if Bruce Kamau’s going to Western Sydney, he needs to fulfil his contract with Melbourne City, so I’m guessing that they’ve seen a shift in his attitude and the way that he’s training and his output to come to a decision like that. “Because Bruce Kamau in top flight, in top form, can help Melbourne City in this finals series for sure.” https://www.perthnow.com.au/sport/soccer/warren-joyce-says-bruce-kamau-was-left-out-of-squad-against-adelaide-due-to-speculation-hes-moving-to-the-wanderers-ng-83d8f6fd69c51b3b49225502ffe0d4c3
  13. Bolton joined us in Feb 2010, and stayed 3 full seasons until July 2013, when he got an office job at Melbourne Heart (as the "Strategic Projects Manager" source). Bolton was at least doing community work (goalkeeping clinics) at the club until September 2014 or even December 2014 (source and source). So Bolton's been and worked at the club for roughly 5 years. Apart from Munn, has anyone else been at the club that long (I'm pretty certain no players have)? Indeed, I think he is still living in Melbourne since he joined Heart around Feb 2010. All up it looks pretty clear to me that Bolton is closer and more informed about Melbourne Heart/City than most others. So I certainly wouldn't dismiss what he says easily.
  14. Spud of the Match: Rd 23 vs Adelaide

    We should have more capable dead-ball players (McCormack really carried us in that regard in Bruno's absence until he left). We should also have more centre forwards, because apart from Bruno we have no one in the whole squad (hence midfielders, defenders etc. being chucked up front). The team also arguably lacks goal-scorers, full stop. Yet because of the playing list we're not flush any of these types of players, hence why this team is often lacking a cutting-edge.
  15. I agree that Joyce was seemingly brought in to do some laudable things, like: 1 Improve the culture at the club (more hardworking, more discipline, etc.) 2 More focus on the defence (ultimately conceding less goals by more organisation, more backbone and grittiness etc.) 3 Selecting the best players every week (seriously factoring in performance) We can also say there is another point that's always true: 4 Playing City football (which from the start CFG has called attacking football, with lots of goals). Now, while Joyce did 1 and 2 over the first four games, twenty-two games into the season in my view Joyce has not done 1 to 3 fully and/or properly, while he hasn't done 4 at all (the big home win against a weak Adelaide being an outlier that proves the point). I won't go into the details here where Joyce has fallen short this season of fully fulfilling these goals. So, while I think we can all agree that these goals are good, if someone aims to accomplish these goals, but gets things wrong when attempting to accomplish these goals, then this person can't get a lot of credit. Actual performance counts, stated goals are not enough. If Joyce could get back to the early season football where: A) we understood his goals, B.) Joyce played football in a way where he could accomplish his goals, and C) Joyce performed well (selected seemingly the best starting 11, played with a defensive focus, the culture at the club was seemingly good and getting results) then that would be a big improvement on the present where Joyce's goals are less clear, and I can't see what Joyce is trying to accomplish with the football the team's playing, or why he's starting and subbing on the players that he is.
  16. Transfer Talk, Rumours and Speculation

    It should be recalled that Kamau was a player Joyce highly rated--even before arriving in Melbourne. Indeed, Joyce said: So around half or two thirds of the way into his first season, Joyce is shipping out players he (seemingly) rated as some of his best, in Kamau. Joyce's track-record of signings players since the season started is: - 28 November 2017, Harrison Delbridge, three year contract (31/5/2020) - 29 December 2017, Dario Vidosic, one year and a half contract ["with the option for a further season"] (31/5/2019) - 10 February 2018, Oliver Bozanic, 6 months (31/5/2018) Vidosic is definitely a tick, a big tick IMO. However, the other signings indicate a far weaker performance with recruitment. So, not only is Melbourne City seemingly losing players at rapid speed, but I'm weary that our replacements are effectively weaker than our outgoing players. The club has to sort out it's player list management pronto, and show why fans should view the management of the player list favourably.
  17. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Iain Ramsay, One-on-one: Felda's Filipino hotshot setting the MPL alight as Asian Cup history beckons by Vijhay Vick 3 March 2018 Philippines international Iain Ramsay revived his career with Ceres Negros in 2017 before rejecting an offer from Thailand to sign with Felda United. He shares with FourFourTwo why the Fighters were appealing and his unfinished business with the Azkals... Ramsay, who is of Scottish and Filipino descent, was at a crossroads just over a year ago having seen his move from the A-League to Iranian club Tractor Sazi not go the way he had hoped. A move to Ceres – his first Filipino club despite already representing the nation – put the winger’s career back on track as the Busmen won the inaugural Philippines Football League (PFL) and made the region take note of them in the AFC Cup. The former Adelaide United and Melbourne City player was a key figure as Ceres defeated perennial Malaysia Super League (MSL) winners Johor Darul Ta’zim (JDT) en route to becoming AFC Cup ASEAN Zonal champions. They were then knocked out by Istiklol in the Inter-zone semi-final. Ramsay, who saw the club as a stop-gap measure, became a fan favourite and gave them a parting gift they’ll never forget, scoring a hattrick against Global Cebu to seal the PFL title. “I didn’t intend to stay at Ceres for a long time. I’ve always wanted to push myself,” Ramsay told FourFourTwo. “I mean no disrespect to Ceres. I loved my time there and worked well with the coach, Risto Vidakovic, who I think has abilities to be a very good coach at a high level. “But with the leagues in Thailand and Malaysia opening up a slot for ASEAN players, I wanted to make a jump. “There was one Thai club I thought I was heading to, but Felda came in and I knew about them after we met in the AFC Cup. I knew about the coach and they’ve kept many players from last season, which is good to see. It shows they believe in building a team. “I took it seriously when they came in for me, It wasn’t just about the football … I have a family and Malaysia is a lovely country to live in.” Ramsay admits it was disappointing to find out that Felda were demoted to the Malaysia Premier League (MPL) for matters off the pitch, after they failed to obtain a club licence, a mandatory requirement starting in 2018. The Fighters were unhappy with the demotion but have since come to terms with it, making it a mission to win the second tier competition, complete their license and make a big return to the MSL. If recent form is anything to go by, Felda look set to waltz their way to the MPL title. B. Satiananthan’s men have a 100 per cent record in the opening four matches, scoring 15 goals in the process. “It’s been enjoyable so far. Everyone has been very welcoming and it really helps that the team is winning,” said the 30-year-old midfielder. “We’ve got a lot of depth in our squad. It’s early days but the good start gives us confidence. I hope this momentum can take us through the league and also go a long way in the FA Cup and Malaysia Cup. We want to make improvements and to show that we mean business too.” Led by influential skipper Shukor Adan, the Fighters have a talented squad with the likes of Wan Zack Haikal Wan Noor, Hadin Azman, Thiago Fernandes, GIlberto Fortunato and Christie Jayaseelan in their ranks. In Satiananthan, they have a former Malaysia coach and one of the most experienced mentors around. Ramsay admits Satiananthan demands a lot of discipline from the players, but he insisted he has nothing but admiration for his gaffer. “Satiananthan has a lot of experience and has won things in Malaysia in the past. I can see from our training sessions that he has good knowledge of the game and you can’t really buy that,” said Ramsay. “He has a touch of European style too in terms of his knowledge and the way he takes care of the players. He has the winning mentality that rubs off on the players, who are very responsive to him.” While Ramsay has admired football in Malaysia during his short time in the country, he holds out hope that the sport also takes flight in the Philippines. Football has often taken a backseat to basketball, boxing and volleyball in a nation surrounded by the sea, but progress has been made in recent years. The Azkals are the second highest ranked Southeast Asian side in the FIFA World Rankings at No.123, only behind Vietnam (No.118) and ahead of Thailand (No.129), Myanmar (No.142), Indonesia (No.160), Cambodia (No.172), Singapore (No.173) and Malaysia (No.174). Yet the rankings and a run to the 2014 AFC Challenge Cup final – a tournament for emerging nations – is all the Azkals have to parade in terms of success. The Philippines have never reached an AFF Suzuki Cup or SEA Games final. In fact they have only qualified out of the group stage on four occasions (1991, 2010, 2012 and 2014). The Azkals have never played at the Olympics or Asian Cup, but Ramsay could be part of an Azkals side that etches its name into the history books when it hosts Tajikistan in the final Asian Cup qualifying match on March 27. The Philippines currently top their qualifying group and only need a draw to progress. They could also progress with a defeat but that will only be in the unlikely case Nepal manage to hold Yemen in the other group match. “Football in Philippines is growing but we are still behind in terms of fanbase and such. As a national team player, I hope I can play a massive part in raising the interest levels of football,” said Ramsay. “Basketball has always been number one but if we can qualify for the Asian Cup, I think interest in football will pick up. “It’s been a good experience so far and we are one game away from making history. Any country would be proud to be part of the competition. I’m determined along with my teammates … we want to be on a plane to United Arab Emirates in January.” https://www.fourfourtwo.com/my/features/iain-ramsay-one-one-feldas-filipino-hotshot-setting-mpl-alight-asian-cup-history-beckons
  18. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    Melbourne set for bonanza in week one of A-League finals with City, Victory joining race for Asia MATT WINDLEY AND DAVID DAVUTOVIC March 5, 2018 MELBOURNE is on track to play host to two A-League finalsin the one weekend for the first time. Melbourne Victory’s 2-1 derby win over Melbourne City on Friday night helped consolidate its hold on a top four spot, a grip that tightened further on Saturday when fifth-placed Adelaide lost to Brisbane. City is third on 33 points, one ahead of Victory, who is three points clear of the chasing pack. But both teams have inviting runs home, with Victory in particular helped by a draw that sees them play teams below it for the next four weeks. Home games for City against Western Sydney and Central Coast are must win, while a trip to also-ran Wellington in the final round is another big opportunity. The third and fourth-place finishers receive home elimination finals in week one of the playoffs, before travelling for the semi-finals in week two. But the other subplot to the final five weeks of the season is the race for Asia, with a third-placed finish likely to secure that team entry into the 2019 Asian Champions League playoffs. And City is hellbent on making it to the Champions League for the first time. City has lived in the shadows of Victory since joining the A-League in 2010, finishing above their arch rivals just twice. The City Football Group has invested millions since buying Melbourne Heart in 2014 and is keen to expand its Asian footprint. City midfielder Stefan Mauk admitted watching Victory and Sydney FC play in this year’s ACL was tough to swallow. “The owners didn’t buy the club for us to finish fourth or fifth on the table, they want us to win things,” Mauk said. “It (Asia) hasn’t been spoken too much to us as players, but it’s something we understand. It’s a massive tournament. “As a player you want to play as many games as possible. Training is OK, but you want to play and watching Victory and Sydney play in China in front of the big crowds, against Oscar and Hulk, you want to play at the highest level against the best players.” Lack of international breaks could again come back to hurt Victory with Kosta Barbarouses and possibly James Troisi and Rhys Williams to miss their side’s Round 24 trip to Perth. While snapping a six-game losing streak against Sydney in Round 27 could also be enough to see Victory finish above City on the table once again. THE RUN HOME MELBOURNE CITY 3rd, W 10, D 3, L 9, GD +2 pts 33 R23 v Adelaide (A) L R24 v Western Sydney (H) W R25 v Newcastle (A) L R26 v Central Coast (H) W R27 v Wellington (A) W MELBOURNE VICTORY 4th, W 9, D 5, L 8, GD +2 pts 32 R23 v Central Coast (H) W R24 v Perth (A) L R25 v Western Sydney (H) W R26 v Wellington (H) W R27 v Sydney (A) L * Matt Windley’s predicted results PREDICTED LADDER 1 Sydney 67pts 2 Newcastle 57pts 3 Melb City 42pts 4 Melb Victory 41pts 5 Western Sydney 38pts 6 Adelaide 36pts ----- 7 Perth 31pts 8 Brisbane 28pts 9 Central Coast 20pts 10 Wellington 20pts PREDICTED FINALS ELIMINATION FINALS Melbourne City v Adelaide, AAMI Park Melbourne Victory v Western Sydney, AAMI Park SEMI-FINALS Sydney v lowest-ranked week one winner, Allianz Stadium Newcastle v highest-ranked week one winner, McDonald Jones Stadium GRAND FINAL Winner of semi-final 1 v winner of semj-final 2 TOUGH MOUNTAIN TO CLIMB City/Heart has only twice finished above Victory FINISHING POSITIONS VICTORY // CITY 2010-11 5th // 11th 2011-12 8th // 6th 2012-13 3rd* // 9th 2013-14 4th // 10th 2014-15 1st // 5th 2015-16 6th // 4th 2016-17 2nd // 4th 2017-18 # 4th // 3rd * Denotes qualified for Asian Champions League #After 22 of 27 rounds http://www.heraldsun.com.au/sport/football/a-league/melbourne-set-for-bonanza-in-week-one-of-aleague-finals-with-city-victory-joining-race-for-asia/news-story/0e77905a5301f6632f24aab4c4453211
  19. Agree with a lot. One big issue is that every player that becomes unavailable is only only a small problem, but somehow a big problem. McCormack, Schenkeveld, Malik (?). Football is not just a team game, but a squad game. And with Joyce in charge it seems that his preferred starting XI are somehow irreplaceable, and there is no cover for any of these players in the squad. Even Joyce's new signings--Delbridge, Bozanic, etc.--can't even be useful backups for the absent 1st choice players. This all reflects poorly on the manager.
  20. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    Is Osama Malik the missing link for Melbourne City, after another loss? Michael Lynch MARCH 3 2018 What's Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce's biggest headache? The fact that teen star Daniel Arzani, the club's brightest attacking talent, can't play 90 minutes without cramping up and needing to be stretchered off the field? His team's poor recent record, where a real chance to snatch second spot on the A-League ladder has become a battle to stay in the top four? Or the fact that without Osama Malik, City can't seem to find the right blend of steel and strength in midfield? Yes, you read that right - Osama Malik. As Joyce pointed out after City slid to a third defeat in a row in the final Melbourne derby of the season, it might be no coincidence that his side has fallen out of winning ways with the absence of the tall defensive utility who has been a cornerstone of Joyce's midfield when fit. Malik injured himself in the warm-up in the home defeat to champions Sydney early in February, forcing Joyce into a hasty pre-kick-off revamp. City lost that game 4-0. Malik was also unavailable for last week's heartbreaking 2-1 loss to a 97th-minute goal in Perth, and wasabsent for the 2-1 defeat to Victory on Friday night. Joyce believes that had City had his physical presence on the pitch, things might have been different on at least one occasion. ''I think Malik gets a hell of a lot of stick at this place, but he's been out of the team for three games and we have lost three games with him not playing,'' Joyce said. City now have 13 days before their next game, away to Adelaide, which the coach hopes will allow the player to recover. ''We will just have to look this week [at how he is].'' Arzani is firing, but the teenager currently lacks the strength and fitness to play a full game at A-League tempo. Whether that will stop Bert Van Marwijk picking him for the upcoming Socceroos squad is a moot point but Joyce said that while he is a precocious talent, Arzani needs to work on his game. ''I wouldn't be surprised no,'' he said when asked about the prospect of national selection. ''I look at Marcus Rashford [Manchester United's young striker, who Joyce worked at Old Trafford] at the time before he broke in and he got a call-up to the national group. ''He's [Arzani] got X-factor talent, but he has also got things in his game that he has to improve on. ''He's a young kid developing in a man's league and he's going to make mistakes and at times those mistakes cost us. But he also does some really dynamic, clever and exciting things as well.'' In Friday's derby, Arzani lasted 70 minutes before going down with cramp, having to be stretchered off. Could he last a whole game? ''No, he's not capable in my opinion, no,'' Joyce said bluntly. Joyce's decision to throw on giant centre back Harrison Delbridge in the closing minutes as City chased a late equaliser raised some eyebrows, especially with attacking players Nick Fitzgerald and Stefan Mauk on the bench. ''I thought we were still looking like we could score … I still thought we could create [chances]. I thought we had a pattern and sometimes you can slow the tempo down. I thought we were still maybe good value for a goal.” http://www.watoday.com.au/sport/soccer/melbourne-city/is-osama-malik-the-missing-link-for-melbourne-city-after-another-loss-20180302-p4z2nl.html
  21. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    Bragging rights? Warren Joyce just wants three Melbourne Derby points ByJoey Lynch March 1, 2018 Warren Joyce is declining to get caught up in the hype of this week’s Melbourne Derby. Joyce’s Melbourne City side will head into Friday night’s fixture in third position on the A-League table, just four points clear of cross-town rivals Melbourne Victory with only six games left to play in the 2017-18 regular season. But with the second-placed Newcastle Jets sitting eight points clear of his side heading into the round, Joyce is not proselytising the need to secure Melbourne bragging rights or a desire to enact revenge for December’s 1-0 Christmas Derby defeat; but instead the need for consistent wins. Speaking at City’s Bundoora headquarters on Thursday, Joyce called on his City side to bring the intensity and passion concomitant with derbies to every game they play during the rest of the campaign. “Derbies … you look forward to big games all the time,” he said. “We can’t approach it and treat it any bigger than any other game. “If you do that its detrimental to your own mind, it means you are not putting all that concentration and effort into every game. “Every game from now until the end of the season has got to feel like a derby game or a grand final. “That’s how you have got to look at it, you’ve got to relish it, look forward to it, stand up to it and enjoy it, put every little bit of concentration effort and skill into getting through those games. “We have six, seven eight, nine grand finals to come and we have to win every single game that we play from now to the end of the season.” While Joyce himself claims to be focusing on the next game, there are likely to be others – in Bundoora, Manchester and Abu Dahbi, with a different view. Since their purchase of the then Heart in 2014, much has been made of the City Football Group’s desire to see their Australian investment play Asian Champions League football, with City yet to qualify for the prestigious tournament since the purchase. Asked how important he himself felt playing in the ACL was, or if the importance of City taking part in it had been communicated to him, Joyce once again played a straight bat. “First and foremost, you’re are trying to win the league, that’s your aim at the start,” he added. “You’re trying to win every single game. “If that’s your aim and you put all your focus on that, the other things look after themselves. “It’s got to be the same focus on that, you try and win every game and if you do that all the little side things that come from winning games and being successful happen. “You look at the short term, concentrate on that, and if you don’t have the performances, don’t have the wins you don’t get them things. “It’s an obvious statement that you want to be competing with the Sydneys, be involved in Asia, involved in all the cup competitions right down to the death. “That’s been the same approach from the first day of preseason. “Every single game that we lose is a massive disappointment. Every single game we draw is a massive disappointment, but you pick up and go again and try and win the next one. “Any player, if you have something about you, you do those things all the time.” One player that will come under intense focus during the derby is City’s new signing, Oliver Bozanic. Signed as a free agent to the club on 10 February, Bozanic made his first start for City last week against Perth, playing a full 90 minutes as his side lost 2-1 thanks to two late goals from Perth Glory’s Neil Kilkenny and Adam Taggart. Bozanic of course, spent two seasons at Victory, scoring five goals in 48 appearances after signing a three-year marquee deal with the club in September of 2015. Asked if he expected his history with Victory to give his new signing an extra boost during the game, Joyce downplayed the impact that playing his former club would have on Bozanic. “It’s not about having a point to prove, players who are professional conduct themselves the right way and live the right way and do the right things all the time anyway,” he said. “I’ve been impressed by him as a man as well as a player. “Fitness and game time is lacking but he has come into the group as type of professional you want at this club. “You can sense he has got some pride about him, I would imagine the pride in his own performance is no different playing from last week to this week, to playing a five a side game out there or playing a game behind closed doors. He wants to do the right things. “You want to perform well for the fans and the owners of the clubs, then they want to perform for themselves and their families, but that’s the same for every game to the end of the season.” http://dailyfootballshow.com/bragging-rights-warren-joyce-just-wants-three-melbourne-derby-points/ Will Bruno Fornaroli start in the Melbourne derby? By Michael Lynch 1 March 2018 Melbourne City coach Warren Joyce doesn't say he has a dillemma in whether or not to make Bruno Fornaroli his key man in Friday night's derby against Melbourne Victory. Fornaroli has a heart like a lion, is desperate to play, but having missed most of the season through injury is not fully fit and is still coping with pain from a broken ankle. The temptation is to take him at his word when he says he can do the job. ''His heart is massive, he's desperate to be involved, then you come back from Perth and he can't train,'' Joyce reflected when asked about the Uruguayan's readiness for what is always a bruising, high tempo encounter. ''He's itchy to get playing (but) if you got one day, two days, five days where you don't train and you have been out for a long time it's hard to get up to the levels that people expect and have seen before. '"It's managing him one day to the next, saying how are you this morning. That's the thing we have got to contend with. ''It's not like coming back from a thigh strain where you have done all the rehab and you have got the build up and the muscles and you have had the scan and i'ts clear and now you can kick on. It's not as simple an injury as that.'' In the absence of the now-departed Ross McCormack and the captain Fornaroli, teenage forward Daniel Arzani has become the go-to man for City. Joyce is an unabashed admirer of Arzani's talent, and is sure to make him a focal point of City's frontline in what will be the 19-year-old's first derby start. But he also knows that for all his ability, Arzani, who has now played the number of games required to trigger the next year of his deal at City, has lots to learn. ''He still has things he can improve on, but you see little bits every day (where he is) better in understanding and better in decision making and even physically better. "I think if he continues that journey you would expect him to have a really bright footballing career. When you are that young, with that amount of talent, you have to challenge yourself to be perfect for everything. ''He has got a brain, and he's one of the last to leave this club every day, and if you keep working like that you improve in all areas and there's no limit to what you can reach. ''I think he's got to aim to do that, put high demands on himself all the time and not just target one area, target everything and see how good he can really become and how far he can go.'' One fascinating sub-plot in this match will be the performance of Oliver Bozanic, who is likely to line up in midfield for City having previously done the same thing in Melbourne derbies for Victory. Joyce says he has been impressed by the contribution Bozanic has made around the club in the short time he has been there and doesn't believe that the midfielder will need any special motivation against his former club. ''It's not about a point to prove ... players who are professional, who conduct themselves the right way and live the right way do the right things all the time anyway. ''I have been impressed by him as a man as well as a player. Fitness and game time is lacking but he has come into the group as the right type of professional you want at this club. ''You can sense he has got some pride about him, I would imagine the pride in his own performance is no different playing from last week to this week, to playing a five-a-side game out there or playing a game behind closed doors. He wants to do the right things.'' Tall defender Harrison Delbridge is set to start at the heart of defence to cover for suspended Bart Schenkenveld, while Osama Malik is still not fit enough to take his place in midfield. Youngster Nathaniel Atkinson has come through his first match back from injury well and could start. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/will-bruno-fornaroli-start-in-the-melbourne-derby-20180301-p4z2ax.html
  22. 2017/18 Melbourne City Media

    Pre-derby interview with Scott Jamieson: https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/scott-jamieson-a-positive-response-melbourne-derby Pre-derby interview with Dario Vidosic: https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/dario-vidosic-his-first-melbourne-derby Bruno Fornaroli and Daniel Arzani "Macca's Chat to a Champion":
  23. The "Where are they now?" thread

    Stoke City favourite sets off on month-long bike ride across Australia with $150k charity mission By Peter Smith 1 MAR 2018 Jack Butland and Asmir Begovic send off Thomas Sorensen as he begins marathon fundraiser for seriously ill children Thomas Sorensen has finished months of training to set off on a 3,500km bike ride across Australia with a plan to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for children most in need. The Stoke City favourite, whose star performances in goal helped keep the Potters in the Premier League in the seasons following promotion, jumped on two wheels after officially hanging up his gloves last summer. He had finished his playing career at Melbourne City and has stayed Down Under to support the charity Starlight Australia. The 41-year-old planned this RideForKids mission with the aim of collecting $150,000 that could either grant 23 life-changing wishes for a seriously ill child or be invested in brightening the hospital experience for 3,800 children on the Starlight programme. He said: “When I was growing up I had one dream, to be a professional footballer. With the support of many people I was incredibly fortunate to be able to do it – but not every child gets to live their dream. “So I’m undertaking a 3,500km bike ride from one side of Australia to the other to raise money for an inspirational charity, the Starlight Foundation Australia, which has one simple mission: to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families.” Sorensen set off yesterday from the Barosssa Valley, South Australia, with a 67km – and 809m climb – through the wine region towards Hahndorf. He will wind his way through from Adelaide to Melbourne before a second stage around Tasmania and final stage heading north to Sydney, finishing at Sydney Opera House on April 1. That's about 2,200 miles all in all. The goalkeepers’ union has been out to cheer him on, including his old pals from Stoke. Jack Butland posted on Twitter: “Good luck to a good friend of mine and the team on their 3,500km Australian bike ride in aide of the Starlight Foundation. Please support and donate if you can.” Asmir Begovic wrote: “Wishing my good friend Thomas Sorensen aall the best with his latest challenge.” Sorensen is also hosting an auction for the cause, with donations of signed shirts from Kevin de Bruyne, Raheem Sterling, Vincent Kompany and Sergio Aguero. He has been on a big charity bike ride before, clocking up 4,000 miles cycling across the United States in aid of the University Hospitals of North Midlands charity and underprivileged children in Denmark. For more information or to make a donation, visit rideforkids.com https://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/thomas-sorensen-stoke-city-rideforkids-1281056?utm_source=google_news&utm_medium=referral&utm_campaign=google_news&utm_content=sitemap
  24. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    It's interesting to look at where the goals are coming from. Looking at all the goals scored since January 1st, excluding Ross McCormack, things looks like this: Budzinski - 4 Vidosic - 3 Arzani - 2 Mauk - 1 Not a lot of goals over 9 games. 1 goal a game if Budzinski, Vidosic and Arzani (the top scorers, and usual starters) are counted together. We have scored 31 goals over 21 games, so we pretty perfectly average 1.5 goals a game (in practice, 1 goal one game and 2 goals the next game). Also, this season our final scored breakdown is: scoreless 3 times, 1 goal 8 times, 2 goal 9 times, 5 goals 1 time. So only looking at the stats, we are indeed likely to score 2 goals (and only 2 goals) on Friday, with Budzinski and Vidosic being the scorers. IMO, the team urgently needs Fornaroli back in the team. Also, another proper forward (such as a winger) who could score goals regularly would be a huge plus (maybe Arzani?). If Melbourne City gets a frontline that can fire, and we don't need to rely on goals from midfield, then the team can score enough goals to turn draws into wins and finish strongly(we have 2 draws over the last 6 rounds [both 2-2 draws]). While it's arguable we are scoring an ok or passable amount of goals, if we're to get lots of points over the last 6 games--and to have a genuinely good chance in the finals--then I agree we could really use some more firepower.
  25. THE DECIDER Melbourne Derby 2/3, 7.50pm

    Team News: City’s Round 22 Squad melbournecityfc.com.au 2 hrs ago The team is in for Friday’s Decider Melbourne Derby. See who’s in the who’s out of this week’s side. Defensive reinforcements have come in for the 26th edition of the Derby with Manny Muscat and Ruon Tongyik returning to the side to replace the suspended Bart Schenkeveld. Muscat missed the bench in the clash with Perth through illness while Tongyik returns to the selection mix for one of the biggest games of the season. City’s attacking arsenal has been retained for the contest with Daniel Arzani, Nick Fitzgerald, Bruce Kamau, Marcin Budzinski and Dario Vidosic fit and firing for the contest while Bruno Fornaroli is closer to playing more minutes as he works his way back to full match fitness. City face Victory in The Decider Melbourne Derby on Friday night, kick-off 7.50pm. Get your tickets for the contest below. Melbourne City FC squad: 1.Dean Bouzanis, 2.Manny Muscat, 3. Scott Jamieson, 4. Harrison Delbridge, 7. Nick Fitzgerald, 8.Oliver Bozanic, 10.Dario Vidosic, 11. Bruce Kamau, 13. Stefan Mauk, 14.Daniel Arzani, 15.Denis Genreau, 18. Eugene Galekovic, 21.Ruon Tongyik, 22. Michael Jakobsen, 23.Bruno Fornaroli, 26. Luke Brattan, 27. Marcin Budzinski, 37.Nathaniel Atkinson Ins: 2.Manny Muscat (returns from illness), 21.Ruon Tongyik (promoted), 15.Denis Genreau (promoted) Outs: 5.Bart Schenkeveld (suspended – 1 week) Unavailable: 6.Osama Malik (quad), 19.Christian Cavallo (quad) https://www.melbournecityfc.com.au/news/team-news-citys-round-22-squad