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Gold Coast Look To Traoré

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Last week I pondered the chances of more sides taking to attractive, possession-based systems this season in an attempt to reel in the Brisbane Roar, and after two rounds I think it is fair to say that things are moving in that direction. One side which looks to have the potential to play the most attacking football is Gold Coast United, and while it hasn’t really paid off yet, Miron Bleiberg’s attacking 2-3-2-3 formation has some glimpses of real goal scoring (and conceding) potential. The key player in this formation is the 21 year-old Ivorian wing-back Adama Traoré, and his performances will have a massive impact on GCU’s season.

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A-League Goal of the Week – Round 1

The winner of the A-League Goal of the Week, by a wide margin, is James Brown of Gold Coast United. He gathered 69% of the vote in the A-League US poll to win the award in the season’s first round. Ryan Griffith’s free kick against Melbourne Heart came second with 31% while not a single vote was cast for Mate Dugandžić’s fine finish against Newcastle Jets. Here’s Brown’s goal again:

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Adelaide United v Melbourne Victory Preview with Pete Nowakowski

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On today’s A-League US pod, Pete Nowakowski of The Football Sack and Beyond the 90 joins me to preview the Adelaide United and Melbourne Victory tie coming up on Friday. We chat about each side’s Round 1 performance, the impact of the return of Carlos Hernández and the importance of another full ground.

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The Timing of Round 1

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The statistic bandied about online and in the papers this week is 79,850, a new opening weekend record for the A-League. Indeed that total is impressive, even considering the 40,351 at the Etihad Stadium for the Harry Kewell-Brett Emerton, er, Melbourne Victory-Sydney FC tie. That figure is up by 28,000 over the 3-3 draw between the same two clubs at Sydney Football Stadium to open the 2010/11 campaign. Yet there is frustration at the draw of just over 13,000 at Suncorp Stadium to see Brisbane Roar defend their double against their foe from the 2011 Grand Final, Central Coast Mariners. With 37,000 fewer supporters in the ground, the overwhelming sea of orange was limited to the weaving pattern on empty seats.

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Round 1 Recap Pod with Paddy Higgs

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Today I’m joined by proper football journalist Paddy Higgs to discuss the much-anticipated return of the A-League. Among the topics of conversation are the ballyhooed debuts of Harry Kewell and Brett Emerton, the relative states of league-wide defense and goalkeeping, the plight of Gold Coast United and more.

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Round 1 A-League Team of the Week

jetsManager – Craig Deans (Newcastle Jets)

mvfcGoalkeeper – Ante Čović (Melbourne Victory)

roarDefender – Ivan Franjic (Brisbane Roar)

roarDefender – Matt Jurman (Brisbane Roar)

sydDefender – Pascal Bosschaart (Sydney FC)

heartMidfielder – Mate Dugandžić (Melbourne Heart)

gcuMidfielder – James Brown (Gold Coast United)

perthMidfielder – Andrezinho (Perth Glory)

heartMidfielder – Fred (Melbourne Heart)

jetsForward – Ryan Griffiths (Newcastle Jets)

wpForward – Chris Greenacre (Wellington Phoenix)

perthForward – Billy Mehmet (Perth Glory)

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Round 1 A-League Ladder

Club P W D L A GD PTS
1 Newcastle Jets FC 1 1 0 0 2 1 3
2 Brisbane Roar FC 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
3 Perth Glory FC 1 1 0 0 0 1 3
4 Wellington Phoenix FC 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
5 Gold Coast United FC 1 0 1 0 1 0 1
6 Melbourne Victory FC 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
7 Sydney FC 1 0 1 0 0 0 1
8 Melbourne Heart FC 1 0 0 1 3 -1 0
9 Central Coast Mariners FC 1 0 0 1 1 -1 0
10 Adelaide United FC 1 0 0 1 1 -1 0
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A-League Goal of the Week

With Round 1 now complete, vote here for the A-League’s Goal of the Week:

James Brown (Gold Coast United v Wellington Phoenix)

Ryan Griffiths Free Kick (Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Heart)

Mate Dugandžić second goal (Newcastle Jets v Melbourne Heart)

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Mehmet Scores on Debut to Lead Glory Past Adelaide

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Perth Glory 1 – Adelaide United 0
A 76th minute header from new signing Billy Mehmet saw Perth Glory to a 1-0 win over Adelaide United at nib Stadium. The Glory were the better side throughout as Andrezinho terrorized the Reds’ defense and Travis Dodd, Shane Smeltz and Liam Miller, each player debuting for Perth, coming close to giving the home side a comprehensive victory. In fact, Eugene Galeković, Adelaide’s goalkeeper, was called on to repeatedly repel the Glory. In the end, substitute Tommy Amphelett’s cross found Mehmet’s head and was enough to take all three points from the season opener for the home side. Adelaide weren’t without chances, though, as Andy Slory, Bruce Djite and last season’s Golden Boot winner Sergio van Dijk all had shots saved by new Perth goalkeeper Danny Vukovic. The only down side to the match for Perth was the crowd of just 9452. But if the Glory play as well going forward as they did against Adelaide, especially after such a disastrous season in 2010/11, attendance will surely spike.

Gold Coast United 1 – Wellington Phoenix 1
And on the Gold Coast, a superb strike from James Brown in the 88th minute stole a 1-1 draw for Gold Coast United against Wellington Phoenix at Skilled Park. A 17th minute goal from Chris Greenacre gave the Phoenix a deserved lead as the visitors controlled the first half. Dani Sánchez, in particular, found spaces in the United defense, as Wellington were the better side for good portions of the match. Yet as the second half elapsed, Gold Coast started to create chances, namely through Peter Jungschläger, Dylan Macallister, Robson and finally Brown. Wellington will feel they lost out on two points but will be most disappointed with a trio of injuries as Sánchez, Paul Ifill and Vince Lia all exited during the match. For Gold Coast, the last-gasped equalizer came in stunning fashion but left some questions as to why it took so long to get a home goal against the Phoenix.

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