2017–18 Western Sydney Wanderers FC season

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Western Sydney Wanderers
2017–18 season
ChairmanPaul Lederer
ManagerTony Popovic
(to 1 October 2017)
Hayden Foxe (caretaker)
(from 3 October to 1 November 2017)
Josep Gombau
(from 1 November 2017)
StadiumANZ Stadium & Spotless Stadium, Sydney
A-League7th
FFA CupSemi-finals
Top goalscorerLeague: Oriol Riera (15 goals)
All: Oriol Riera (19 goals)
Highest home attendance36,433 vs Sydney FC
9 December 2017
Lowest home attendance6,612 vs Perth Glory
4 March 2018
Average home league attendance11,924

The 2017–18 Western Sydney Wanderers FC season was the club's sixth season since its establishment in 2012. The club participated in the A-League for the sixth time and the FFA Cup for the fourth time.

Players[edit]

Squad information[edit]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
3 Australia DF Jack Clisby
4 Australia DF Josh Risdon
5 Australia DF Brendan Hamill
6 Argentina MF Marcelo Carrusca
7 Australia MF Steven Lustica
8 Curaçao MF Roly Bonevacia
9 Spain FW Oriol Riera
10 Spain MF Álvaro Cejudo
11 Australia FW Brendon Santalab
15 Australia MF Kearyn Baccus
16 Australia FW Jaushua Sotirio
18 Australia MF Chris Ikonomidis (on loan from Lazio)
No. Position Player
19 Australia FW Mark Bridge (Captain)
20 Australia GK Vedran Janjetović
21 Australia MF Marc Tokich
22 Australia DF Jonathan Aspropotamitis
23 Australia FW Lachlan Scott
24 Spain DF Raúl Llorente
32 Australia FW John Roberts (Scholarship)
33 Australia DF Michael Thwaite
34 Australia MF Kosta Grozos (Scholarship)
40 Australia GK Nicholas Suman (Scholarship)
42 Australia MF Keanu Baccus
49 Australia FW Abraham Majok

From youth squad[edit]

N
Pos.
Nat.
Name
Age
Notes
42 MF Australia Keanu Baccus 18 [1]
49 FW Australia Abraham Majok 18 [2]
40 GK Australia Nicholas Suman 17 1 year scholarship contract[3]
34 MF Australia Kosta Grozos 17 2 year scholarship contract[4]

Transfers in[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred from Type/fee Contract length Date Ref
4 DF Josh Risdon Perth Glory Free transfer 2 years 16 May 2017 [5]
8 MF Curaçao Roly Bonevacia Wellington Phoenix Free transfer 2 years 16 May 2017 [5]
33 DF Michael Thwaite Free transfer 1 year 16 May 2017 [5]
30 GK John Hall Injury replacement 6 months 22 May 2017 [3]
9 FW Spain Oriol Riera Free transfer 2 years 5 July 2017 [6]
21 MF Marc Tokich Australia FFA Centre of Excellence Free transfer 2 years 13 July 2017 [7]
25 MF Chris Herd Free transfer 2 years 13 July 2017 [8]
19 FW Mark Bridge Free transfer 2 years 18 July 2017 [9]
10 MF Spain Álvaro Cejudo Free transfer 1 year 24 July 2017 [10]
24 DF Spain Raúl Llorente Greece Platanias Free transfer 1 year 28 August 2017 [11]
32 FW John Roberts Melbourne City Free transfer (2 year scholarship contract) 2 years 4 January 2018 [4]
6 MF Argentina Marcelo Carrusca Melbourne City Free transfer 6 months 11 January 2018 [12]
18 MF Chris Ikonomidis Italy Lazio Loan 6 months 31 January 2018 [13]

Transfers out[edit]

No. Position Player Transferred to Type/fee Date Ref
21 MF Mario Shabow Newcastle Jets Free transfer 5 April 2017 [14]
12 DF Scott Neville Perth Glory Free transfer 25 April 2017 [15]
2 DF Shannon Cole Released 9 May 2017 [16]
6 MF Mitch Nichols End of contract 11 May 2017 [17]
8 MF Spain Dimas End of contract 11 May 2017 [17]
10 MF Argentina Nicolás Martínez Greece Olympiacos Loan return 11 May 2017 [17]
13 MF Uruguay Bruno Piñatares End of contract 11 May 2017 [17]
24 MF Terry Antonis Greece PAOK Loan return 11 May 2017 [17]
25 FW Liam Youlley End of contract 11 May 2017 [17]
27 MF Emilio Martinez End of contract 11 May 2017 [17]
28 FW Stefan Zinni End of contract 11 May 2017 [17]
29 FW Ryan Griffiths End of contract 11 May 2017 [17]
26 MF Jackson Bandiera End of contract 14 June 2017 [18]
17 DF Spain Aritz Borda Mutual contract termination 29 July 2017 [19]
6 MF Jacob Melling Mutual contract termination 2 January 2018 [20]
14 MF Japan Jumpei Kusukami Mutual contract termination 2 January 2018 [20]
30 GK John Hall End of contract 9 January 2018 [21]
18 DF Robert Cornthwaite Malaysia Perak Mutual contract termination 16 January 2018 [22]
1 GK Jerrad Tyson Mutual contract termination 12 April 2018 [23]
25 MF Chris Herd Mutual contract termination 12 April 2018 [23]

Contract extensions[edit]

No. Name Position Duration Date Notes
1 Jerrad Tyson Goalkeeper 1 year 8 May 2017 [24]
5 Brendan Hamill Centre back 2 years 8 May 2017 [24]
15 Kearyn Baccus Attacking midfielder 2 years 7 June 2017 [25]
20 Vedran Janjetović Goalkeeper 4 years 11 April 2018 [26]

Technical staff[edit]

Position Name
Head Coach Spain Josep Gombau
Assistant Coach England Ian Crook
Assistant Coach Spain Delfin Ferreres
Goalkeeping Coach Australia Davide Del Giovine
Strength & Conditioning Coach Australia Scott Smith
Physiotherapist Australia Ian Austin

Statistics[edit]

Squad statistics[edit]

N Pos. Nat. Name Total A-League FFA Cup
Apps Goals Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Apps Goals Yellow card Second yellow card Red card Apps Goals Yellow card Second yellow card Red card
3 DF Australia Jack Clisby 15 1 4 0 0 9+3 1 2 0 0 3+0 0 2 0 0
4 DF Australia Josh Risdon 22 0 12 0 0 18+0 0 10 0 0 4+0 0 2 0 0
5 DF Australia Brendan Hamill 22 3 4 1 0 18+3 3 3 1 0 1+0 0 1 0 0
6 MF Argentina Marcelo Carrusca 12 1 2 0 0 10+2 1 2 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
7 MF Australia Steven Lustica 19 1 1 0 0 12+4 0 0 0 0 1+2 1 1 0 0
8 MF Curaçao Roly Bonevacia 26 1 8 0 0 21+1 1 7 0 0 4+0 0 1 0 0
9 FW Spain Oriol Riera 29 19 6 0 0 23+2 15 4 0 0 4+0 4 2 0 0
10 MF Spain Álvaro Cejudo 21 2 3 0 0 17+3 2 3 0 0 1+0 0 0 0 0
11 FW Australia Brendon Santalab 24 4 4 0 0 5+17 3 4 0 0 0+2 1 0 0 0
15 FW Australia Kearyn Baccus 24 0 3 0 0 15+5 0 1 0 0 4+0 0 2 0 0
16 MF Australia Jaushua Sotirio 18 3 1 0 0 4+12 3 0 0 0 2+0 0 1 0 0
18 MF Australia Chris Ikonomidis 10 3 0 0 0 9+1 3 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
19 FW Australia Mark Bridge 24 5 4 0 0 18+3 4 4 0 0 0+3 1 0 0 0
20 GK Australia Vedran Janjetović 31 0 1 0 0 27+0 0 1 0 0 4+0 0 0 0 0
21 MF Australia Marc Tokich 1 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
22 DF Australia Jonathan Aspropotamitis 8 0 2 0 0 5+1 0 1 0 0 2+0 0 1 0 0
23 FW Australia Lachlan Scott 6 0 1 0 0 1+3 0 1 0 0 0+2 0 0 0 0
24 DF Spain Raúl Llorente 26 0 2 0 0 25+1 0 2 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
32 FW Australia John Roberts 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
33 DF Australia Michael Thwaite 24 1 3 1 0 21+0 1 3 1 0 3+0 0 0 0 0
34 MF Australia Kosta Grozos 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
35 DF Australia Tass Mourdoukoutas 1 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
40 GK Australia Nicholas Suman 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
42 MF Australia Keanu Baccus 14 0 1 0 2 11+3 0 1 0 2 0+0 0 0 0 0
47 FW Australia Matthew Lecce 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
49 FW Australia Abraham Majok 1 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+1 0 0 0 0
50 MF Australia Tariq Maia 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
Players no longer at the club:
1 GK Australia Jerrad Tyson 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0
6 MF Australia Jacob Melling 5 0 1 0 0 1+1 0 1 0 0 2+1 0 0 0 0
14 MF Japan Jumpei Kusukami 15 1 1 0 0 9+2 1 0 0 0 4+0 0 1 0 0
18 DF Australia Robert Cornthwaite 14 1 5 1 0 11+0 0 5 1 0 3+0 1 0 0 0
25 MF Australia Chris Herd 12 0 6 0 0 8+1 0 6 0 0 2+1 0 0 0 0
30 GK Australia John Hall 0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0 0+0 0 0 0 0

Pre-season and friendlies[edit]

Competitions[edit]

Overall[edit]

Competition Started round Final
position / round
First match Last match
A-League 7th 8 October 2017 15 April 2018
FFA Cup Round of 32 Semi-finals 1 August 2017 24 October 2017

A-League[edit]

League table[edit]

Pos Team Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Qualification
1 Sydney FC 27 20 4 3 64 22 +42 64 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series
2 Newcastle Jets 27 15 5 7 57 37 +20 50 Qualification to AFC Champions League second preliminary round and Finals series
3 Melbourne City 27 13 4 10 41 33 +8 43 Qualification to Finals series
4 Melbourne Victory (C) 27 12 5 10 43 37 +6 41 Qualification to AFC Champions League group stage and Finals series
5 Adelaide United 27 11 6 10 36 38 −2 39 Qualification to Finals series
6 Brisbane Roar 27 10 5 12 33 39 −6 35
7 Western Sydney Wanderers 27 8 9 10 38 47 −9 33
8 Perth Glory 27 10 2 15 36 50 −14 32
9 Wellington Phoenix[a] 27 5 6 16 31 55 −24 21
10 Central Coast Mariners 27 4 8 15 28 49 −21 20
Source: A-League
Rules for classification: 1) points; 2) goal difference; 3) number of goals scored.
(C) Champion.
Notes:
  1. ^ Wellington Phoenix cannot qualify for the AFC Champions League as they are not recognised as an AFC club.


Results summary[edit]

Overall Home Away
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts W D L GF GA GD W D L GF GA GD
27 8 9 10 38 47  −9 33 5 4 4 23 22  +1 3 5 6 15 25  −10

Last updated: 15 April 2018.
Source: ultimatealeague.com

Results by round[edit]

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ResultWDDDDDWLLLWLWWDDLLWDLWDLLWL
Position3444444\679988766678666566767
Updated to match(es) played on 15 April 2018. Source: ultimatealeague.com
A = Away; H = Home; W = Win; D = Draw; L = Loss

Matches[edit]

FFA Cup[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Keanu Baccus earns first team contract". Western Sydney Wanderers. 5 May 2017.
  2. ^ "Western Sydney Wanderers sign teenage striker Abraham Majok". The Sydney Morning Herald. 19 May 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Western Sydney Wanderers sign two goalkeepers". Goal.com. 22 May 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Wanderers sign teen duo". FourFourTwo. 4 January 2018.
  5. ^ a b c "Wanderers sign Bonevacia, Risdon and Thwaite". FourFourTwo. 16 May 2017.
  6. ^ Bossi, Dominic (5 July 2017). "Western Sydney Wanderers sign La Liga regular Oriol Riera as first marquee player". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  7. ^ Fruci, Joel (13 July 2017). "FFA COE product joins Western Sydney Wanderers". Outside90.com.
  8. ^ "Wanderers snap up Herd". FourFourTwo. 13 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Bridge makes Wanderers return". FourFourTwo. 18 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Wanderers sign Spanish winger Alvaro Cejudo". FourFourTwo. 24 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Wanderers sign former Spain youth international". The World Game. SBS. 28 August 2017.
  12. ^ Bossi, Dominic (11 January 2018). "Western Sydney Wanderers snap up Marcelo Carrusca from Melbourne City". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  13. ^ Rugari, Vince (31 January 2018). "Western Sydney Wanderers sign Socceroo Chris Ikonomidis for rest of the A-League season". The Daily Telegraph.
  14. ^ "Newcastle Jets sign Mario Shabow from Western Sydney Wanderers". The Newcastle Herald. 5 April 2017.
  15. ^ Kemp, Emma (25 April 2017). "Neville wants ACL wins before his WSW exit". The West Australian.
  16. ^ Kemp, Emma (9 May 2017). "Western Sydney Wanderers era to end with Shannon Cole's last hurrah". The Sydney Morning Herald.
  17. ^ a b c d e f g h i "Wanderers captain one of eight to depart club". FourFourTwo. 11 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Wanderers and Bandiera agree termination". Western Sydney Wanderers. 14 June 2017.
  19. ^ "Wanderers end Borda's A-League spell". The World Game. SBS. 29 July 2017.
  20. ^ a b Smithies, Tom (2 January 2018). "Wanderers boss Josep Gombau wields axe as Jumpei Kusukami, Jacob Melling leave club". The Daily Telegraph.
  21. ^ "Back-up goalkeeper departs Wanderers". Football Federation Australia. 9 January 2018.
  22. ^ Smithies, Tom (16 January 2018). "A-League: Western Sydney Wanderers release skipper Robbie Cornthwaite". The Daily Telegraph.
  23. ^ a b Warren, Adrian (12 April 2018). "Wanderers release Socceroo Chris Herd". The Newcastle Herald.
  24. ^ a b "Hamill, Tyson pen extensions". Western Sydney Wanderers. 8 May 2017.
  25. ^ "Baccus pens two-year contract extension". Western Sydney Wanderers. 7 June 2017.
  26. ^ "Janjetovic pens four-year extension". Western Sydney Wanderers. 11 April 2018.

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