Central Coast Mariners’ right back Storm Roux will make his 100th A-League appearance when he lines up against Adelaide United this week. Compatriot Mike McGlinchey will also celebrate a milestone when he takes to the field for the 200th time as his Wellington Phoenix host Perth Glory. To celebrate both achievements let’s take a look at the top 10 most capped Kiwis in A-League history.
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Tim Brown made 122 appearances in the A-League playing for Newcastle Jets and Wellington Phoenix between 2006 and 2012. He retired in 2012 to study business and now owns AllBirds, a company that makes environmentally-friendly and sustainable shoes.
Tony Lochhead only played for the Wellington Phoenix in his seven-season A-League stint, making 131 appearances between 2007-13. Fun fact, Lochhead is one of only four outfield players with over 100 appearances to start in every match they’ve played in. The others are Alex Wilkinson, Kevin Muscat, and Erik Paartalu.
Other than his spectacular goals, Jeremy Brockie is known in the A-League as another player who to play at multiple clubs. In total he made 132 appearances in stints at New Zealand Knights (12), Sydney FC (7), North Queensland Fury (14), Newcastle Jets (51), and Wellington Phoenix (58).
Kosta Barbarouses has never quite been sure whether he wants to play for Wellington Phoenix or Melbourne Victory (having two stints at both) but sprinkle in a short stint at Brisbane Roar, the winger has made 168 A-League appearances since he made his debut in 2007. He has split this into 89 appearances for current club Victory, 46 for Phoenix, and 33 for Brisbane.
Only three players have made more appearances for Wellington than former central defender Ben Sigmund. The ex-All White made 181 A-League appearances all for the New Zealand club debuting in 2008 and retiring at the end of the 2015-16 season.
The recently retired Shane Smeltz is the A-League’s second all-time top goal scorer and one of New Zealand’s most capped player in the competition’s history. Smeltz fell short of 200 making 190 appearances. Those appearances are broken down into 58 for Perth Glory, 51 for Wellington Phoenix, 43 for Sydney FC, and 38 at Gold Coast United.
Michael McGlinchey will celebrate his 200th A-League match this week, becoming the 26th player to reach the double century. The Kiwi/Scotsman may have the worst combination of accents in the history of the world but his football makes up for it. He debuted for the Central Coast Mariners in 2009 and made 120 appearances before departing to Japanese side Vegalta Sendai on loan and later joining the Nix where has has been at since 2014.
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Glen Moss has played in 12 of the 13 A-League seasons. Moss has also played for five of the 13 clubs to play in the A-League. In his time he has made 213 appearances. He played 140 for Wellington Phoenix, 41 for Gold Coast United, 14 for Melbourne Victory, nine for New Zealand Knights, and nine for Newcastle Jets in the 2017-18 season.
Not a New Zealander by birth, but Andrew Durante’s citizenship makes him eligible for the All Whites so he’s eligible for this list too. Durante recently became the A-League’s most capped player and at the time of writing has 280 A-League appearances to his name. If Durante sticks around for another season not only could he reach 300 but could make his 250th for the Wellington Phoenix, the club he has played at since 2008.