SF1 Auckland City vs Team Wellington | Sun 24 Mar | 2.30pm | SS3 | Kiwitea

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I think it shows how much Auckland City misses guys like Tade and Lea'alafa. What happened to Iwata? He used to provide a good base attacking platform from the flanks for the likes of Tade to strike at will, similar to what JHS does for Team Wellington.

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agree with the earlier comment about Taylor - he was my MoM for the CWV match v Al Ain.

Yesterday, JHS was immense. At one point near the end of the game I thought he was gonna throw up.

End of an era.  Vinnie - It's over.

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el grapadura wrote:

20 Legend wrote:

Do ACFC get CWC for 1st place in the league, or are they done?

There's no CWC this year. ACFC have secured an OFC Champions League for next season (if OFC decides to run it, since there'll be no CWC in 2020 either).

Duh! Was having a brain fart but yeah, I meant the champions league qualification. Didn't know the CWC wasn't being run either. Thanks.

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Yeah, FIFA is moving to a 24-team CWC in 2021 as a replacement for the Confederations Cup. It really leaves a question mark over OFC Champions' League and Nations' Cup for the next year.

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I know they have gone through the league unbeaten but that says more about the other teams than Auckland. This is probably the worst Auckland City team in many years. They are boring to watch and, apart from the odd moment from Browne, have no real exciting players or inspiratation.

ACFC fan here - absolutely agree

Browne is an absolute gun and I reckon could have cracked the Eredivisie if he stayed there, but the team as a whole is pretty poor outside of him, Tavano, Micah and a couple others. Full of either aging or raw players

ACFC Fan here, Browne's been fantastic, Tavano's been a stand out player since returning from suspension, Dan Morgan's been excellent, think Jordan Vale's done well too. Don't really agree on Micah, he's fast, has good feet, but his decision making is poor.

We've had some really strange team's put out this season by Ramon - I do wonder whether he's still trying to work out his best team with mostly average players.

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Sancho wrote:

I think it shows how much Auckland City misses guys like Tade and Lea'alafa. What happened to Iwata? He used to provide a good base attacking platform from the flanks for the likes of Tade to strike at will, similar to what JHS does for Team Wellington.

Micah's still around, possibly injured which is why he didn't play. 

Iwata's not getting selected. I've spoken to him a few times and he doesn't know why he's not playing. Dan Morgan's certainly claimed LB, but Iwata should be our second LB. Alfie Rodgers is no where near first time quality. In fact after he was brought on Sunday we conceded two goals. 

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Might be a bit of pressure on the 'Where All Whites are made" branding based on historical line-ups like this:


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TreeFiddy wrote:

Sancho wrote:

I think it shows how much Auckland City misses guys like Tade and Lea'alafa. What happened to Iwata? He used to provide a good base attacking platform from the flanks for the likes of Tade to strike at will, similar to what JHS does for Team Wellington.

Micah's still around, possibly injured which is why he didn't play. 

Iwata's not getting selected. I've spoken to him a few times and he doesn't know why he's not playing. Dan Morgan's certainly claimed LB, but Iwata should be our second LB. Alfie Rodgers is no where near first time quality. In fact after he was brought on Sunday we conceded two goals. 

Micah was on international duty. Restrictions on foreigners would be a factor in why Iwata doesn't play, given Morgan is the starter. No room for a foreigner on the bench.

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Baiter wrote:

Might be a bit of pressure on the 'Where All Whites are made" branding based on historical line-ups like this:

Great to have a final this year, with two teams of predominantly Kiwi players.

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TreeFiddy wrote:

Sancho wrote:

I think it shows how much Auckland City misses guys like Tade and Lea'alafa. What happened to Iwata? He used to provide a good base attacking platform from the flanks for the likes of Tade to strike at will, similar to what JHS does for Team Wellington.

Micah's still around, possibly injured which is why he didn't play. 

Iwata's not getting selected. I've spoken to him a few times and he doesn't know why he's not playing. Dan Morgan's certainly claimed LB, but Iwata should be our second LB. Alfie Rodgers is no where near first time quality. In fact after he was brought on Sunday we conceded two goals. 

Micah was on international duty. Restrictions on foreigners would be a factor in why Iwata doesn't play, given Morgan is the starter. No room for a foreigner on the bench.

you sure? ISPS regs for this season were are 6+1 and Auckland City only started with 3 foreigners (Zubrikari, Berlanga & Browne) and only had Bilen on the bench. (Rieira, Tavano & Rodgers all qualify as kiwis now) and Browne comes under the +1

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TreeFiddy wrote:

Sancho wrote:

I think it shows how much Auckland City misses guys like Tade and Lea'alafa. What happened to Iwata? He used to provide a good base attacking platform from the flanks for the likes of Tade to strike at will, similar to what JHS does for Team Wellington.

Micah's still around, possibly injured which is why he didn't play. 

Iwata's not getting selected. I've spoken to him a few times and he doesn't know why he's not playing. Dan Morgan's certainly claimed LB, but Iwata should be our second LB. Alfie Rodgers is no where near first time quality. In fact after he was brought on Sunday we conceded two goals. 

Micah was on international duty. Restrictions on foreigners would be a factor in why Iwata doesn't play, given Morgan is the starter. No room for a foreigner on the bench.

you sure? ISPS regs for this season were are 6+1 and Auckland City only started with 3 foreigners (Zubrikari, Berlanga & Browne) and only had Bilen on the bench. (Rieira, Tavano & Rodgers all qualify as kiwis now) and Browne comes under the +1

So they did. But in a general sense, given the tighter 3+1 restrictions in the OFC CL, it's a factor in him moving to the fringe (along with, dare I say it, his age).

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el grapadura wrote:

20 Legend wrote:

Do ACFC get CWC for 1st place in the league, or are they done?

There's no CWC this year. ACFC have secured an OFC Champions League spot for next season (if OFC decides to run it, since there'll be no CWC in 2020 either).

It is my understanding there will be a CWC this year. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last week, "not yet, but soon" about appointing a host for it. Of course, the delay could be because they are cancelling it, but on the face of it, there will be one.

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el grapadura wrote:

20 Legend wrote:

Do ACFC get CWC for 1st place in the league, or are they done?

There's no CWC this year. ACFC have secured an OFC Champions League spot for next season (if OFC decides to run it, since there'll be no CWC in 2020 either).

It is my understanding there will be a CWC this year. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last week, "not yet, but soon" about appointing a host for it. Of course, the delay could be because they are cancelling it, but on the face of it, there will be one.

Yeah, I'd heard from a couple of different sources that 2019 and 2020 would be scrapped, but there was no official word on that in FIFA's press release last week.

I know that China were interested in hosting the tournament in those two years, and wouldn't be shocking if money changed hands as a result of that, so there could be a few issues being worked through.

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el grapadura wrote:

el grapadura wrote:

20 Legend wrote:

Do ACFC get CWC for 1st place in the league, or are they done?

There's no CWC this year. ACFC have secured an OFC Champions League spot for next season (if OFC decides to run it, since there'll be no CWC in 2020 either).

It is my understanding there will be a CWC this year. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last week, "not yet, but soon" about appointing a host for it. Of course, the delay could be because they are cancelling it, but on the face of it, there will be one.

Yeah, I'd heard from a couple of different sources that 2019 and 2020 would be scrapped, but there was no official word on that in FIFA's press release last week.

I know that China were interested in hosting the tournament in those two years, and wouldn't be shocking if money changed hands as a result of that, so there could be a few issues being worked through.

there's also the fact that UEFA, ECA and FIFPro aren't on board with it and I doubt the backers will be keen to put in any money if there are no European teams in it 

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el grapadura wrote:

el grapadura wrote:

20 Legend wrote:

Do ACFC get CWC for 1st place in the league, or are they done?

There's no CWC this year. ACFC have secured an OFC Champions League spot for next season (if OFC decides to run it, since there'll be no CWC in 2020 either).

It is my understanding there will be a CWC this year. Fifa president Gianni Infantino said last week, "not yet, but soon" about appointing a host for it. Of course, the delay could be because they are cancelling it, but on the face of it, there will be one.

Yeah, I'd heard from a couple of different sources that 2019 and 2020 would be scrapped, but there was no official word on that in FIFA's press release last week.

I know that China were interested in hosting the tournament in those two years, and wouldn't be shocking if money changed hands as a result of that, so there could be a few issues being worked through.

there's also the fact that UEFA, ECA and FIFPro aren't on board with it and I doubt the backers will be keen to put in any money if there are no European teams in it 

Yes, and the offer of $25 billion allegedly offered by the backers is now off the table apparently. 

I heard that the main reason 2019 and 2020 CWCs were being scrapped was to mollify European clubs, and convince them that this would in fact be a 4-year thing. We'll see I guess.

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