Adelaide United have announced the signing of Michael Maria, a Curacao international, for the looming A-League season. Socceroos coach Graham Arnold says he has held no discussions with captain Mark Milligan's future heading into the start of the World Cup qualifiers. Socceroos coach Graham Arnold is demanding his team be ruthless on the road to the World Cup ahead of the draw for the Asian qualifiers on Wednesday. New Perth Glory recruit Bruno Fornaroli looked sharp against Manchester United, and big things are expected of him next season.
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Since joining the Asian Champions League in , Australian teams have struggled to make a huge impact on the tournament but that could be about to change. Only Adelaide United , the Newcastle Jets and the Western Sydney Wanderers current season have progressed from the group stages. In this year's tournament, the Wanderers sealed their place in the knockouts from Group H in style, signing off with a win over Guizhou Renhe of China to secure top spot. However, Australia's other two representatives - Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory - came within touching distance of progressing before falling at the final hurdle. The Aussie teams this time around set themselves up with clear game plan and the Asian teams are not used to it and struggle to break them down. With 20 minutes left in the game, the Australians were poised to achieve the result they needed until a deflected free-kick gave Hiroshima the win and confined the Mariners to bottom-place in the group.
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They are currently in second place in their group behind Jiangsu Suning from China. A win tomorrow will give them a major boost in their bid to qualify from the group stages. Adelaide United, currently in last place, will also be desperate for a win to keep their hopes of qualification alive. In these games they have scored a total of eight goals and conceded only one. In fact, including the end of last season they have only lost two games in the last sixteen.
Defending A-League champions United were placed in the toughest group for the tournament at the draw held in Kuala Lumpur on Tuesday night. Korean football giants Jeonbuk won the ACL last month, a decade after claiming their first title and five years after finishing runners up in Big spenders Jiangsu Suning, the home of Socceroos centre-back Trent Sainsbury, are currently sitting second in China's top tier behind only Guangzhou Evergrande and also have Brazilian stars Alex Teixeira and Ramires on their books. The Reds will also face a yet-to-be-confirmed play-off winner. The Wanderers discovered just one of their opponents after being drawn alongside top Korean outfit FC Seoul, whom they faced in both their previous Asia campaigns and defeated in the semifinal on the way to their historic title.