Ariel Rodriguez’s stellar season for Bangkok Glass in Thailand has earned him a call-up to the Costa Rican National Team.
The Ticos named its squad for their World Cup Qualifiers away to Trinidad & Tobago Nov. 11 and at home against the USA Nov. 15.
Rodriguez scored 21 goals in all competitions in his debut season in Thailand.
Osmar Barba Ibanez has been recognised once again as one of the best players in the K-League, earning a nomination for the 2016 K-League MVP Award.
The nomination is another in a long line of recognitions for the Spaniard who has established himself as one of the best central defenders and holding midfielders in Asia since his move from Buriram United to FC Seoul in 2014.
Osmar was named club captain at the beginning of the 2016 season and has lead his FC Seoul team with aplomb, currently sitting in second position on the table.
The FFA Cup final venue is fine, as is the marketing behind Yoshi’s choice of team, however Football Federation Australia would do well to remember it needs to look after more than just one club.
They say hindsight is 20-20, but given the lack of atmosphere at their new home ground, the Western Sydney Wanderers must be questioning the wisdom of moving to Spotless Stadium.
Sharing a point with the Mariners on Saturday night is the least of Western Sydney’s problems.
Central Coast should have won the game – firstly when Connor Pain clipped the post, secondly after they were denied a cast-iron penalty – as the Wanderers ended up taking just two points from back-to-back home fixtures.
Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi has welcomed talk of a bid for another A-League team in the city, saying a cross-town rivalry would push both teams to be better.