LAST week I saw a Sydney FC player at the movies, an old one scoring goals against Premier League teams, and new Sydney stars causing havoc against local teams.
The movie in question is Goal 3. And the spoiler alert is that John Aloisi features in the film, the Sydney FC striker's third goal for the Socceroos in the 3-1 win over Japan at the 2006 World Cup features in a montage of World Cup moments during the film.
Perhaps Sydney FC's new PR agency One Green Bean whose brief is to" promote season tickets by leveraging the profiles of key individual players ahead of the first home game of the club's fifth season on August 16" could use that cameo to sell some season tickets.
Sign Benito Up
The old Sydney FC player who was scoring goals against English Premier League teams was none other than Benito Carbone. The former Sheffield Wednesday player was called up to the Aston Villa Masters team on June 13, and took part in the Midlands Masters, where his team lost in the final to Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Benito Carbone was awarded player of the tournament and golden boot winner.
Benito was in England trying to crack a contract with an English club and looked fit and in good condition even though the indoor tournament that included Birmingham, West Bromwich Albion and Wolverhampton Wanderers was an overage tournament that featured former players from those team like Tony Daley for Villa and Dean Gordon for Wolves.
Sydney FC fans will remember the Italian maestro's superb debut performance against Adelaide United when he beautifully set up goals and scored a screamer.
That was during the ill-fated Terry Butcher reign when the midfielder's guest appearance ended after only three games when he got injured against the Central Coast but that was not before the 37 year old scored a grandiloquent free kick.
So why not enquire for the little Italian again his rate would be cheaper than the last he played Sydney FC.
Still feels like Déjà Vu
In my previous blog I wrote that this season feels like the first one due to the new coach Czech Vitezslav Lavicka being a strict disciplinarian like first season coach German Pierre Littbarski, as well as the run of undefeated friendly games making it feel like it was déjà vu all over again.
Well that run included winning nine competitive games in a row, 15 including friendlies, part of that run included winning the Oceania Championships that got Sydney FC to the Club World Cup in Japan.
The last friendly win for the Sky Blues was a 4-0 smashing of Manly United that took the current run of friendly win to six games.
However none of those games have been against A-League competition. The game against North Queensland Fury is the first big test and that will be at Shark Park in Cronulla on June 27.
Another game against A-League opposition has been planned with Sydney FC returning back to school with a game against the Central Coast Mariners at Knox Grammar School. Make sure you wear the blazer and tuck your shirt in otherwise it's detention with that overly friendly English teacher for you!
The school motto is virile agitur which translates to The Manly Thing Is Being Done. It leaves this football writer with no option but to ask which one?
Hopefully it's just football. The season proper is getting closer and there are enticing friendly games against North Queensland and Central Coast to look forward to. It will be a good chance to see which Sydney FC stars will shine in season five.