Player Watch: Wanderers selected for Young Socceroos tour


In a week that feature a host of Wanderers on the score sheet we congratulate three of our NYL Players on their selection for the Young Socceroos

The weekly segment which takes you through what our players are doing during the Hyundai A-League, Westfield W-League and Foxtel National Youth League off-season.

This week the Western Sydney Wanderers congratulate our Foxtel National Youth League players Jaushua Sotirio, Daniel Alessi and Shayne D-Cunha for their selection in the Young Socceroos squad to tour the United States of America from 9 – 21 July.

The squad coached by former Socceroo Paul Okon will be touring the USA as part of a three match preparation for the upcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup in New Zealand, playing against Bermuda, Chile and the host nation the United States of America.

THIS WEEKEND: Moving to our Red & Black fixtures this weekend the Men-s NPL1 and NPL2 have a league wide bye letting our Wander Women take centre stage.

Over in America Emily van Egmond will be celebrating the 4th of July with a must win match against Portland Thorns FC. Van Egmond-s Chicago Red Stars sit 5th on 20 points just above the Thorns on goal difference and can-t afford to leak points this weekend.

Tiegen Allen and the Western New York Flash have a slightly easier task this Saturday facing off against last placed Boston Breakers with a win giving them a chance to move into tied third with the Washington Spirit.

Back in Western Sydney and starting with the Women-s NPL1 fixtures is Jenna Kinglsey-s Blacktown Spartans who on Sunday afternoon from 3pm take on the almighty challenge of keeping the Macarthur Rams at bay, you can catch that match at Blacktown Football Park in Rooty Hill.

Meanwhile our North Western Sydney Koalas Jessica Seaman and Servet Uzunlar face off against Sydney University-s Red & Black contingent of Georgia Rowntree and Rachael Soutar at ELS Hall Park in North Ryde this Sunday also at 3pm. The Koalas will be hungrier than ever for all three points after several weeks of quiet success sees them with a chance at second place.

Finishing up the weekend is our second all Wanderers clash as Marconi Stallion Helen Petinos is pitted against the lethal pairing of Jordan Baker and Michelle Carney for the Illawarra Stingrays. That match can be seen from 3pm Sunday at Marconi Stadium in Bossley Park.


Tiegen Allen in the National Women-s Soccer League had a disappointing loss to a well drilled Seattle Reign outfit. Although Allen-s Western New York Flash has been on fire in recent weeks the 1st placed Reign proved too strong for our Wanderer.

Over to the NPL2 where Mark Cindric was our standout Red & Black player this weekend bagging an impressive four goals for his side Sydney United 58. Cindric finally on the score sheet after weeks of continually superb attacking play, his first goal seeing him put into place his neat vision for the game making a clever run into the box before wrong footing the defender and slotting the ball home. That goal opening a flood gate for United as they went on to win 5-0.

In the NPL1 Blake Tuxford continued his run of success for Blacktown City-s firsts playing out another full 90 minutes for City. In a fantastic match Tuxford-s personal highlight was a fantastic save in the 87th minute which ensured his side took all three points in a 2-1 win over Manly United.

Also featuring for Blacktown City in the NPL1 was Shayne D-Cunha who came off the bench to play 15 minutes of City-s 2-1 win and although wasn-t given much opportunity to shine still had a highly positive outing.

Meanwhile for the Marconi Stallions Jake McGing was reward for his consistent attacking play as he handed his Marconi teammate a fantastic goal in an exciting display from the Wanderer as his side settled for a 2-2 draw with Sydney Olympic.

Also taking to the field that match was Brendan Hooper for Sydney Olympic. Hooper had a frustrating first 45 on the pitch with Sydney Olympic being easily opened up by Marconi-s attack for much of the first half before wasting a host of chances in the second.

Over in the NPL2 Thomas Manos had a mixed weekend on the pitch for the Mt. Druitt Town Rangers. Our Red & Black keeper exhibited great distribution, another set of stunning saves on both his left and right sides and a commanding presence in the air, cleanly taking the ball from a host of crosses. Despite his excellent performance his side really struggled to keep Spirit FC at bay eventually going down 3-1.

In the Women-s NPL1 our resident female Stallion Helen Petinos had a blockbuster week playing two games within three days for Marconi. On Thursday night against FNSW Petinos had a fantastic game individually getting back to her goal scoring ways despite the side-s 5-2 loss while Sunday afternoon against Northbridge saw her continue her striker-s momentum grabbing a beautiful assist in a 2-1 win.

Finishing up a goal scoring round are Jordan Baker and Michelle Carney for the Illawarra Stingrays. The two Red & Black women completed yet another whitewash with Baker bagging a pair of goals alongside Carney-s single in an outstanding display for the Stingrays as they triumphed over the Blacktown Spartans 3-0.