Team of the Week | Round six
It’s Team of the Week time and this week the honours were shared pretty evenly with Heart, Glory, Adelaide and the Mariners featuring prominently.
It-s Team of the Week time and this week the honours were shared pretty evenly with Heart, Glory, Adelaide and the Mariners featuring prominently.
Goalkeeper: Mark Birighitti (Jets) Two outstanding saves from the stopper who isn-t even the Jets No.1. The youngster has been highly rated for some time but is only now getting his chance at a regular first-team place, and he-s taking it with both hands. Which is what you-d want from a goalkeeper, to be honest.
Defender: Pascal Bosschaart (SFC) The big Dutchman marked his return to the Sydney backline with a commanding performance topped off by his first senior goal. Granted, Sydney let three goals in the last 15 minutes, which does take the sheen of it - but he still stood out as a huge figure for Sydney.
Defender: Aziz Behich (Heart) Called up to the Qantas Socceroos Behich has the potential to be the long-term solution at left-back, his marauding runs down the flank give him great scope for improvement and his defence is always dogged.
Defender: Patrick Gerhardt (Heart) Own goals one week, a first A-League goal the next… Gerhardt kick-started the Heart against the Roar and then they never looked back, he was also strong in defence and didn-t try to clear a ball with the outside of his boot this week… wonder of John Aloisi had a word in his ear?
Defender: Scott Jamieson (Glory) Is there a more in-form defender in the Hyundai A-League right now? We doubt it. Since moving to Perth Jamieson has become the gun he always threatened to be, it seems he is revelling in his environment and why wouldn-t he be, it-s hot all year round and he-s playing in a side who have a real chance of taking out the entire competition, give the man a green and gold jersey Holger!
Midfielder: Shinji Ono (WSW) After a slow start, the Japanese genius is finally starting to show his worth. He didn-t quite get the goal he deserved but the vision, the passes, the close control, the cheeky chips here and there - Ono-s getting better as he reaches full fitness. He will yet prove his worth to the Wanderers.
Midfielder: Dario Vidosic (ADU) Another week, another goal for the Reds marquee man, it-s hard to believe he didn-t impress enough to earn a Socceroos call-up for the battle with South Korea, though it-s likely Adelaide coach John Kosmina is rapt he-s not going anywhere. Dario is delightful to watch right now and if he keeps up the current form he like Jamieson should be kicking in the door to the Socceroos- dressing sheds.
Midfielder: Tom Rogic (CCM) He may have spurned a golden chance to put the Mariners ahead in Wellington… next time put your boot through it young man! But it was his vision that set up Danny McBreen once again and allowed the Mariners to win in Wellington and in a dour match he was by far the most impressive player on the pitch.
Midfielder: Marcelo Carrusca (ADU) Mmmm Churrasco, while Brazilian BBQ is delicious so was Carrusca-s game against the Glory, he was arguably the most dangerous player on the park and created several opportunities for the Reds and even gave Vidosic the assists for his goal. The only South American who hasn-t made the headlines in Adelaide in recent times he has now and if he continues to play in the vein he did this weekend, he could be anything.
Attacker: Billy Mehmet (Glory) The big striker had a point to prove today, trying to keep his starting spot with Shane Smeltz returning made him switch on to the task and he netted his only real chance with precision, but what he also brings to the Glory is a tireless work ethic and a high football IQ, that again allowed him to frequently get in behind the line.
Attacker: Archie Thompson (Victory) Has any player given more to his team in the history of the A-League than Archie Thompson? Seriously, how much doe Victory fans love him? And well they should, the 34-year-old is just as athletic and dangerous as he-s ever been, and his tireless energy upfront pulled Victory to a famous win.
Coach: Graham Arnold (CCM) He might just be the most underrated coach in the league, a tag that probably suits Arnie fine, since he loves his team being the underdogs in every match. Reality is right now they sit top of the table and are doing what has become synonymous with their club, winning. Arnold is a huge part of that.