The question is always asked at the beginning of a new season: Will the premiers be good enough to defend their title?
For Sydney FC, this query is no exception as they go about becoming the first team in the A-League’s short history to go back-to-back.
The Sky Blues have lost some key members from last season’s championship-winning squad including Simon Colosmio, Clint Bolton, John Aloisi, Steve Corica and Karol Kisel but have added quality in the way of Nick Carle from Crystal Palace, goalkeeper Liam Reddy and defender Scott Jamieson from Adelaide.
These inclusions may not offset the losses but they go a long way to filling the void and coach Vitezslav Lavicka would have to be full of confidence as he prepares for the 2010/11 season.
Last season: Premiers
tribalfootball’s Prediction: 2nd
Arrivals: Nick Carle (Crystal Palace), Liam Reddy (Wellington Phoenix), Scott Jamieson (Adelaide United), Terry Antonis (AIS), Hiro Moriyasu (APIA Leichhardt)
Departures: Karol Kisel (Slavia Prague), Clint Bolton (Melbourne Heart), Simon Colosimo (Melbourne Heart), John Aloisi (Melbourne Heart), Steve Corica (retired), Chris Payne (North Queensland), Adam Casey (North Queensland)
Biggest signing: Nick Carle
Biggest loss: Simon Colosimo
Key men: Alex Brosque, Nick Carle, Terry McFlynn, Stephan Keller