ACL Squad Announced

The Wanderers have announced the squad that will be taking part in the 2014 AFC Champions League Group Stages.
As mentioned on this week’s podcast, 3 goalkeepers are required hence the inclusion of National Youth League Goalkeeper Thomas Manos.

The ACL rules only allow 3+1 Visa players to partake in the competition, with the +1 having to be from the AFC (ie Shinji Ono). Mateo Poljak was the Visa player that was not included in Popa’s ACL squad with Polenz and Hersi making the cut despite neither of them having signed on for next season yet.

Everyone else in the senior A-League squad were included along with several National Youth Team players that have featured sporadically this season such as Daniel Alessi, Jaushua Sotirio and Alusine Fofanah.

New signings Antony Golec, Golgol Mebrahtu and Daniel Mullen obviously were included as they were signed specifically for the competition (Golec especially, as his deal does not extend beyond the ACL Group Stages).

The 2nd Round begins in the first week of May (a few days after the A-League Grand Final) which will use this squad. The club has the opportunity to submit a different squad for the Quarter Finals and beyond by 19th July 2014. The official AFC website doesn’t have the dates of when the Quarter Finals are staged but expect them to be either in August or September as previous seasons have had.

Squad
1: Ante Covic
2: Shannon Cole
3: Adam D’Apuzzo
4: Nikolai Topor-Stanley
5: Michael Beauchamp
6: Jerome Polenz
7: Labinot Haliti
9: Tomi Juric
10: Aaron Mooy
11: Brendon Santalab
12: Tahj Minniecon
13: Matthew Spiranovic
14: Kwabena Appiah
15: Yianni Perkatis
17: Youssouf Hersi
18: Iacopo La Rocca
19: Mark Bridge
20: Jerrad Tyson
21: Shinji Ono
22: Dean Heffernan
23: Jason Trifiro
24: Nicholas Olsen
26: Jaushua Sotirio
30: Thomas Manos
31: Alusine Fofanah
32: Daniel Alessi
33: Daniel Mullen
34: Golgol Mebrahtu
35: Antony Golec

What do you think of the squad?

One thought on “ACL Squad Announced

  1. Shame we had to leave Poljak out. Still hope the squad and the style of play gives our opponents headaches. So pumped, can’t wait for the 26th! No other sport in this country has the opportunity for such a club competition. Hope the Wanderers go way beyond our expectations……Again!

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