Melbourne City vs Western Sydney Wanderers
Date and Local Kick-Off Time at Stadium: Sunday 1 February 2015 - 5:00PM
Sydney Kick-Off Time: 5:00PM EDT
Competition: A-League Regular Season
Location: Melbourne, Victoria
Stadium: AAMI Park
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The Western Sydney Wanderers have signed Japanese fullback Tanaka Yusuke from Kawasaki Frontale.
Seeking reinforcements for the Asian Champions League and potentially the A-League if rumours of player exits become fact, Tony Popovic has signed Yusuke to an Asian Champions League contract to fill the role of the +1 in the "3+1" Asian Champions League squad composition rule, the 3 foreign players of any nationality along with 1 other player of Asian nationality.
Yusuke, who Wanderers fans would have seen in action during the Wanderers group stage matches against Frontale, was an early substitute in the 1-0 win for the Wanderers at Parramatta Stadium, and played a full 90 minutes in Kawasaki's victorious 2-1 win in Japan.
The fullback was a mainstay in the Frontale line-up in the recently finished J-League 2014 season, making 39 appearances in all competitions, scoring 2 goals and picking up 2 assists. Despite this, the final 4 games of the season saw him out of the squad with a foot injury.
The pickup suggests that the 28 year old was not part of the long-term plans of the J-League side, having earned 156 caps for a side who finished 6th this season.
The Wanderers run without a win continued as they lost 1-2 against Melbourne Victory tonight.
Melbourne Victory opened the scoring, a half-clearance from a corner being smashed in on the volley by Carl Valeri. New Wanderers signing Nick Kalmar scored the equaliser, Rukavytsya cutting the ball back for the ex-City midfielder who made no mistake with his shot from distance.
Just as the Wanderers were piling the pressure on, hoping to break the Victory down for a winner, the key moment came when Berisha managed to bullock his way into forcing a shot that was saved by Covic, but fell to the feet of Gui Finkler who lifted over the stricken keeper in the 80th minute.
The Wanderers go into the Asian Cup break having failed to win a single domestic match this season. For the Wanderers to take anything from this season they look like needing a drastic change in personnel on the pitch and tactically, with the old standard 4-2-3-1 formation being ineffective on both sides of the ball.