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An Interview with Gavin Wilkinson

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Earlier this week I had a chance to speak with original Perth Glory defender and current Portland Timbers Technical Director Gavin Wilkinson. After a successful time at Waitakere City, Wilkinson joined the Glory ahead of their 1996 inaugural season. The All Whites defender spent three seasons in Perth before playing in Hong Kong, Singapore, Ireland and his final stop, the United States. As this weekend the club is celebrating its 15th anniversary, it seemed appropriate to learn more about the early days with a club original and the inaugural Most Glorious Player award winner.

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Comparing the A-League to MLS in 2002

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The comparison is often made between the A-League and Major League Soccer, and it is usually a fair one. From salary caps, standard of play, and Marquee/Designated Players, the two leagues have more in common with each other than they do with the structures of most other leagues around the world. Yet a comparison of season seven in the A-League with season sixteen in MLS is an unfair one. Each league has had its share of difficulties, but the A-League is half the age of MLS. Rather, it is worth looking back to 2002, MLS’s seventh season, to more accurately ascertain where the A-League stands and where it could grow.

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