Aaron Mooy

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Aaron Mooy
Aaron Mooy WSW.jpg
Aaron Mooy playing for Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Aaron Frank Mooy
Date of birth (1990-09-15) 15 September 1990 (age 24)
Place of birth Sydney, Australia
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Melbourne City
Number 6
Youth career
2005–2006 NSWIS
2006–2010 Bolton Wanderers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2010 Bolton Wanderers 0 (0)
2010–2012 St. Mirren 21 (1)
2012–2014 Western Sydney Wanderers 49 (4)
2014– Melbourne City 8 (1)
National team
2008–2009 Australia U-20 10 (4)
2011–2012 Australia U-23 4 (2)
2012– Australia 4 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 7 December 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 18 November 2014

Aaron Mooy (born 15 September 1990) is an Australian association football player who plays as a midfielder for Melbourne City in the A-League. His previous clubs include fellow A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers, and Scottish side St. Mirren. He has also been capped for the Australia national team on three occasions.

Early life[edit]

Mooy grew up in Carlingford, Sydney.

While growing up, Mooy stay up until the early hours of the morning before going to school, so he could watch compatriots Craig Moore and Tony Vidmar.[1]

Club career[edit]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

Mooy started his career in Europe as a youth scholar at Bolton Wanderers after being spotted by Chris Sulley.[2] He rejected a contract extension from Bolton in July 2010 in search of more first team football.[3][4]

St. Mirren[edit]

Mooy joined Scottish Premier League club St. Mirren on 23 October 2010,[5] and made his league debut for the Saints on the same day in a 3-0 loss to Hearts.[6] On 18 January 2011, Mooy scored his first goal for the club, in the fourth round replay, in a 6-1 win over Peterhead.[7] Having made 18 appearance and scoring once in all competitions, Mooy was offered a new contract, having become the club's fan favourite.[8] On 18 May 2011, Mooy would signed a two-year contract with the club.[9]

The 2011-12 was marked by Mooy having suffered a back problem following a scan.[10] As months goes by, Mooy recoveries started going well and positively.[11] Soon after, Mooy would go on a specialist to get over his injury.[12] On 17 December 2011, Mooy would make his return, coming as a substitute, in a 1-1 draw against Motherwell[13] and the next game, Mooy scored his first league goal for the club against Rangers at St. Mirren Park on Christmas Eve 2011.[14]

Western Sydney Wanderers[edit]

Mooy (left) at the Western Sydney Wanderers launch, along with Tarek Elrich and Kwabena Appiah.

After leaving St Mirren on a free transfer, Mooy returned to Australia and was announced as one of the three inaugural signings for new A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers on 25 June.[15] Mooy made his debut, in the opening game of the season, in a 0-0 draw against Central Coast Mariners[16] and on 23 February 2013, Mooy scored his first goal, in a 1-0 win over Perth Glory.[17] He made 23 appearances and scored 1 goal in his first season with the Wanderers, who won the Premiership and made the grand final in their inaugural season. Mooy took part in his second successive A-League grand final the following season, as the Wanderers were named runners-up to the Championship for the second time in a row.

Melbourne City[edit]

He was released by Western Sydney Wanderers on 21 May 2014,[18] and was announced to have joined A-League rivals Melbourne City the same day.[19]

International career[edit]

Mooy made 10 appearances for the Young Socceroos between 2008 and 2009 and scored 4 goals. Mooy played at the 2009 FIFA U-20 World Cup and played in two group stage games before Australia were eliminated, scoring in his second game against Brazil. He was called up to the senior Australian side in August 2009, for a friendly match against the Republic of Ireland.[20]

In late-2011, Mooy declared his desire to play for Australia at the 2012 Summer Olympics,[21] they were unsuccessful to qualifying campaign for London 2012.

On 7 December 2012, Aaron Mooy received his international debut with the Socceroos against Guam. He scored a free-kick to open the scoring in a game the Socceroos would win 9-0.[22] In the following game against Chinese Taipei, Mooy again scored a free-kick as the Socceroos won 8-0 and qualified for the EAFF East Asian Cup.

International goals[edit]

As of 28 July 2013 Ref
Scores and results list Australia's goal tally first.
No Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 December 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong  Guam 1–0 9–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
2. 9 December 2012 Hong Kong Stadium, So Kon Po, Hong Kong  Chinese Taipei 6–0 8–0 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup preliminary round 2
3. 28 July 2013 Olympic Stadium, Songpa-gu, South Korea  China PR 1–1 3–4 2013 EAFF East Asian Cup

Career statistics[edit]

As of 2 November 2014
Club Season Division League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
St. Mirren 2010–11 SPL 13 0 4 1 17 1
2011–12 8 1 4 0 12 1
Total 21 1 8 1 29 2
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012–13 A-League 23 1 23 1
2013–14 26 3 5 1 31 4
Total 49 4 5 1 54 5
Melbourne City 2014–15 A-League 8 1 1 0 9 1
Total 8 1 1 0 0 0 9 1
Career total 78 6 9 1 5 1 92 8

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mooy: I used to watch Rangers on TV back in Australia - I can't wait to get close up on Saturday". Daily Record. 5 November 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  2. ^ "Aussie prospect happy at Reebok". The Bolton News. 8 December 2008. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Somerford, Ben (2010-07-03). "Mooy Quits Trotters For Europe - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  4. ^ Georgakopoulos, Chris (2012-06-25). "Western Sydney A-League: Quakers Hill boy Aaron Mooy named as one of first three Wanderers - Soccer - Sport - Blacktown Advocate". Blacktown-advocate.whereilive.com.au. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  5. ^ "Mooy Signs On For St Mirren - Australia News - Australian FourFourTwo - The Ultimate Football Website". Au.fourfourtwo.com. 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  6. ^ "Hearts 3 - St Mirrens 0". 
  7. ^ "Scottish Cup: Peterhead 1 St Mirren 6". Daily Record. 19 January 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  8. ^ "St Mirren offer new deal to Australian starlet Aaron Mooy". Daily Record. 19 April 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  9. ^ "Mooy Extends Contract at St Mirren". Inspire Sports Management. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  10. ^ "Dutch defender Jeroen Tesselaar agrees St Mirren deal". BBC Sport. 15 July 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  11. ^ "Rehab going well for St Mirren ace Aaron Mooy as he recovers from back injury". Daily Record. 9 September 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  12. ^ "St Mirren hope specialist can get to bottom of Aaron Mooy back injury". Daily Record. 3 November 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  13. ^ "Motherwell 1 - 1 St. Mirren". BBC Sport. 16 December 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  14. ^ "SPL: St Mirren 2 Rangers 1". Daily Record. 26 December 2011. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  15. ^ "Western Sydney reveal first players". Football Federation Australia. 25 June 2012. Retrieved 25 June 2012. 
  16. ^ "Match Report: Western Sydney Wanderers vs Central Coast Mariners". The World Game. 6 October 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  17. ^ "Match Report: Western Sydney Wanderers vs Perth Glory". The World Game. 23 February 2013. Retrieved 15 August 2013. 
  18. ^ "Wanderers Announce Player Departures". Western Sydney Wanderers FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  19. ^ "Aaron Mooy joins Melbourne Heart FC". Melbourne Heart FC. 21 May 2014. Retrieved 28 May 2014. 
  20. ^ "Australia squad named for Ireland friendly | Football Association of Ireland Official Website". Fai.ie. 2009-08-04. Retrieved 2012-07-31. 
  21. ^ "St Mirren kid Aaron Mooy: I'd love to be part of Australia's 2012 Olympic squad". Daily Record. 17 December 2011. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 
  22. ^ "Aaron Mooy scores on Socceroo Debut". Western Sydney Football. 7 December 2012. Retrieved 16 August 2013. 

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