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2019/2020

Adelaide United

In


Riley McGree (mid) Club Brugge; Michael Maria (def) Charlotte Independence; Kristian Opseth (att) BB Erzurumspor;

Out


Isaias (k) (mid) Al Wakrah; Scott Galloway (r) (def) Melbourne City; Craig Goodwin (r) (mid) Al Wahda; Jordy Thomassen (r) (att) De Graafschal – end of loan; Baba Diawara (sp) (att) released; Ken Ilso (sp) (att) released;

Adelaide had summer of changes at all levels in the club. New Board, new Head Coach and many tried warriors leaving means new-look Reds this term. Coach Kurz left to take charge of Victory and as his replacement Adelaide signed controversial Dutchman Gertjan Verbeek. Known for his stubbornness and Spartan discipline Verbeek is manager that has succeeded big in Bundesliga 2 twice, but with 5 other teams he has failed miserably and his overall track record is not great. The summer months also saw long-serving captain Isaias, most valuable player Goodwin, all of the strikers and main right-back Galloway also leaving Adelaide for pastures new. Reds spent big money to resign their ex-star McGree and he is undoubtedly set to be key figure this season. Only new striker is Opseth and a lot will depend on how fast he adapts to playing in the A-League, with the Norwegian force in the air and set to terrorise defences. Blackwood and 19-year-old Niyongabire the only other strikers though. Boland hopes to have much better luck with his health this season and if he manages to stay fit the German is seen as perfect replacement for Isaias in the heart of the midfield. In general the health of the players will be vital as the squad is small and all it will take for the balance to be lost will be 2-3 injuries to key figures.

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Adelaide will be trying to reach the play-offs, but even if they are able to get to post-season unrealistic to hope for making semi-finals. It will be tough to finish in the top 6!

Season Review
2018/2019

№4: Adelaide United

Adelaide had another decent campaign that saw them dramatically losing in the semi-finals of the play-offs on penalties, after winning the FFA Cup in December thanks to 2 goals from Goodwin in the final vs. Sydney FC. Reds made solid start in what was final year in charge for the much-loved coach Marco Kurtz, but then in December the weeks around the cup final saw Adelaide winning just 1 in 5 in the league. Come January the Reds were even out of the top 6. Main striker Diawara spent pretty much the entire campaign until the play-offs injured and with Dane Ilso slapped with a doping ban in mid-March, Blackwood and Stamatelopoulos constantly away on international duty and winter signing Thomassen never scoring during his short spell in Australia the main issues all campaign were in attack. Halloran showed versatility, he started 10 games as false nine, Boland and Isaias were very reliable in the heart of the midfield and down the left wing Adelaide had Goodwin, who was by far the most aggressive and influential player during the campaign. Top 4 finish was secured in the final 5 rounds when Adelaide achieved 4 wins and a draw, which then gave the Reds home advantage in the Elimination Final vs. Melbourne City that was dramatically won. Then came the gutsy away display vs. Glory, with Adelaide going out only after 16-penalty shootout. Many unknowns need answering after Kurz’s departure, with many players expected to follow him out too.


Player of the Season: Craig Goodwin

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