While the 2012 Major League Soccer season has ended in the United States and Canada, the Hyundai A-League is a third of the way done with its regular season. At the top in this week’s Power Rankings, here on the View from Avalon, are the Central Coast Mariners. Meanwhile, Melbourne Victory are making some more inroads, while Sydney FC’s struggles continue.
Let’s take a look at this week’s A-League Power Rankings.
1. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners claim the top spot after a 2-1 victory over Adelaide United at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford, NSW. Joshua Rose (44′) and Nick Montgomery (75′) paced the Mariners, who continue their season on Dec. 8 against the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle, NSW.
2. Melbourne Victory
Marco Rojas’s 58th minute strike paces Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory to a 1-0 shutout win over Perth Glory at AAMI Park in Melbourne. The Victory hit the road on Dec. 7 to face Adelaide United at Hindmarsh Stadium in Adelaide.
3. Brisbane Roar
Rado Vidosic’s Brisbane Roar got back to their winning ways against the Newcastle Jets at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane. Besart Berisha scored a 40th minute penalty to secure all three points for the resurging roar, who travel to Paramatta Stadium in Sydney on Dec. 9 to take on the Western Sydney Wanderers.
4. Wellington Phoenix
Jeremy Brockie’s 21st minute goal helped Ricki Herbert’s Wellington Phoenix post a 1-0 shutout victory over the Western Sydney Wanderers at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Up next for the Nix is a Dec. 9 home clash with Sydney FC at the Cake Tin.
5. Adelaide United
Bruce Djite put John Kosmina’s Adelaide United ahead in the 16th minute, but it was not enough as the Reds fell to the Central Coast Marinets, 2-1, at Bluetongue Stadium. Adelaide head home to Hindmarsh Stadium to take on the Melbourne Victory on Dec. 7.
6. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart settled for a scoreless draw with Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Heart will look to get back on the scoring track on Dec. 8 when they host Perth Glory at AAMI Park.
7. Newcastle Jets
Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets were left listless after their 1-0 defeat to defending champions Brisbane Roar at Suncorp Stadium. The Jets soar back home to Hunter Stadium in the hopes of a rebound against the Central Coast Mariners on Dec. 8.
8. Perth Glory
Ian Ferguson’s Perth Glory could not take advantage of the chances they had against the Melbourne Victory and were shut out, 1-0. Perth will remain in Melbourne to take on the Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park on Dec. 8.
9. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers had a tough go on the road at Westpac Stadium and fell to a stingy Wellington Phoenix side, 1-0. The Wanderers return hom to Parramatta Stadium on Dec. 9 to take on the Brisbane Roar.
10. Sydney FC
The year of struggles continued for Steve Corica’s Sydney FC, who settled for a scoreless draw with Melbourne Heart at Allianz Stadium. The Sky Blues travel to Westpac Stadium on Dec. 9 to face Wellington Phoenix.