The first week of action in the 2013-14 Hyundai A-League has officially wrapped up, and with it, we have our first A-League Power Rankings for the new season here on The View from Avalon. Adelaide United are at the top of this week’s rankings, with Sydney FC and Brisbane Roar not too far behind.
Movers, shakers, and money-makers. We have it all in this week’s A-League Power Rankings. Let’s check it out.
1. Adelaide United
New coach, new mentality, new and improved Adelaide United. Well, almost. Josep Gombau’s Reds played down to nine men but were still able to deliver in a 3-1 victory over Perth Glory at Coopers Stadium in Adelaide. Jeronimo Neumann scores a brace in the eighth and 24th minute, while Fabio Ferreira added a third in the 63rd minute of play.
Isaias Sanchez was sent off in the 64th minute, while Nigel Boogaard earned his marching orders in the 79th minute of a match that saw 11 yellow cards and two reds issued by Ben Williams.
Adelaide will be playing shortlanded when they host Melbourne Victory on Friday, Oct. 18. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. AEST.
2. Sydney FC
The 2013-14 Hyundai A-League season kicked off with a 2-0 victory for Frank Farina’s Sydney FC over the Newcastle Jets at Allianz Stadium in Sydney. Fittingly, Alessandro Del Piero opened up the scoring in the 36th minute while Joel Chianese slammed the door shut in the 60th minute of play.
Sydney travel to Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Oct. 19 to face the Brisbane Roar. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. AEST.
3. Brisbane Roar
Goals from Besart Berisha (46′) and Ivan Franjic (90′) gave Mike Mulvey’s Brisbane Roar a 2-1 victory over the Wellington Phoenix at Westpac Stadium in Wellington, New Zealand. Up next is an Oct. 19 date with Sydney FC at Suncorp Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. ET.
4. Central Coast Mariners
Graham Arnold’s Central Coast Mariners began their title defense at home against the Western Sydney Wanderers at Bluetongue Stadium in Gosford. Mitchell Duke scored in the 55th minute but they could not hold on and were consigned to a 1-1 draw.
Central Coast will look for a more inspired performance on Oct. 19 against Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park in Melbourne. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEST.
5. Western Sydney Wanderers
Tomi Juric spared Tony Popovic’s Western Sydney Wanderers some A-League blushes in the 87th minute to salvage a 1-1 draw with the Central Coast Mariners at Bluetongue Stadium. Western Sydney host the Wellington Phoenix at Parramatta Stadium on Oct. 20. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEST.
6. Melbourne Victory
A rather dry performance from Ange Postecoglou’s Melbourne Victory saw them consigned to a scoreless draw with Melbourne Heart at Etihad Stadium in Melbourne. The Victory will look to produce on Oct. 18 at Coopers Stadium against an undermanned Adelaide United side. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. AEST.
7. Melbourne Heart
John Aloisi’s Melbourne Heart did well to pressure the Melbourne Victory, but the finishing touch was lacking in their scoreless draw at Etihad Stadium. It will not get any easier for Heart, who have the Central Coast Mariners to mind at AAMI Park on Oct. 19. Kickoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. AEST.
8. Wellington Phoenix
One had to wonder why Ernie Merrick is still managing football teams these days. His new club, Wellington Phoenix, were back to their sorry losing selves yet again, dropping their season opener 2-1 to Brisbane Roar at Westpac Stadium.
Stein Huysegems scored in the 22nd minute for the Nix, who travel across the Tasman to Parramatta Stadium on Oct. 20 to take on the Western Sydney Wanderers. Kickoff is scheduled for 5 p.m. AEST.
9. Newcastle Jets
After a 2-0 shutout defeat on the road to Sydney FC at Allianz Stadium, Gary van Egmond’s Newcastle Jets will look for a better performance at Hunter Stadium in Newcastle against Perth Glory. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. AEST.
10. Perth Glory
Despite a goal from Ryo Nagai in the 10th minute, Alistair Edwards’s Perth Glory could not take advantage of being up two men and dropped their season opener, 3-1, to Adelaide United at Coopers Stadium. Perth continue their road trip on Oct. 20 against the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 3 p.m. AEST.