A-League preview 2010/11: Adelaide United

Adelaide United will be using season 2010/11 as a time of redemption after their worst-ever performance in the A-League last term.
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Adelaide United will be using season 2010/11 as a time of redemption after their worst-ever performance in the A-League last term.

The Reds wound up on the bottom of the table after a season which saw them have easily the worst goalscoring record (24 goals in 27 matches) in the league and just a year after playing off in the Grand Final.

Their defence was solid, conceding the fourth least amount of goals but it was up the other end where Aurelio Vidmar’s men floundered.

Now they have a new coach in Dutchman Rini Coolen and some new key players so it is time for Adelaide to return to the top half of the table.

However, I don’t think that will be achieved this season as they rely far too heavily on attacking midfielder and captain Travis Dodd and young gun Mathew Leckie to score their goals.

The inclusion of Sergio van Dijk is enormous and if he can continue where he left off with the Brisbane Roar then things may be different but I cannot see the Reds playing off in the finals although they will be there knocking on the door.

Last season: Bottom
tribalfootball’s Prediction: 8th

Arrivals: Nigel Boogaard (Central Coast), Marcos Flores (Curico Unido), Sergio van Dijk (Brisbane Roar)

Departures: Scott Jamieson (Sydney FC), Michael Marrone (Melbourne Heart), Kristian Sarkies (Melbourne Heart), Alemao (released), Cristiano (released), Mark Rudan (released)

Biggest signing: Sergio van Dijk

Biggest loss: Scott Jamieson

Key men: Travis Dodd, Eugene Galekovic, Sergio van Dijk, Mathew Leckie
Team list

Goalkeepers

Mark Birighitti
Eugene Galekovic

Defenders

Nigel Boogaard
Cassio
Robert Cornthwaite
Iain Fyfe
Daniel Mullen

Midfielders

Fabian Barbiero
Joe Costa
Travis Dodd
Marcos Flores
Adam Hughes
Mathew Leckie
Lucas Pantelis
Iain Ramsay
Paul Reid
Inseob Shin

Forwards

Francesco Monterosso
Lloyd Owusu
Sergio van Dijk

Coach

Rini Coolen

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