Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United have played out the first draw of the 2017-18 season, finishing 1-1 at Westpac Stadium. It was two debutants who found the net for both sides, Dario Vidosic opened the scoring five minutes into his Phoenix debut before Johan Absalonsen equalised five minutes later. Vidosic has now scored for all four clubs he has played for in his A-League career which started with the then Queensland Roar in the 2006-07 season. In fact his goal saw him join an elite group of players who have scored for four different A-League clubs. Fourteen of his 25 goals came at Adelaide United, while five came during his Roar days and three were under Tony Popovic in 2015-16. Here are the rest.
The most notable on the list, the Kiwi forward was the A-League’s equivalent of a paid assassin. Loyalty was never his forte, but if you paid him, he’d do the job. Smeltz had stints with Wellington Phoenix, Gold Coast Untited, Perth Glory, and Sydney FC scoring 92 goals in 190 matches. The former All White scored 28 goals for the Glory and defunct Gold Coast. He scored four goals in one match for both of those sides. In two stints in Wellington he scored 24 goals but only netted 12 times in his two seasons under Graham Arnold at Sydney FC.
Not as prolific as his compatriot Smeltz but Jeremy Brockie still managed to find the back of the net for four different clubs. He played for five but never found the back of the net during the 2006-07 season when he played for Sydney FC. It was a slow start for the forward currently based in South Africa, he only scored four for New Zealand Knights in the maiden A-League season, he netted once for another defunct club the North Queensland Fury before scoring 11 in two seasons with the Newcastle Jets. But it wasn’t until he left the Hunter in 2012-13 for Wellington when he found his scoring boots netting 23 in three seasons.
- Wellington’s Keegan Smith became the eighth goalkeeper to make his debut as a teenager
- Dario Vidosic has now scored against all three of his former clubs
- He has also scored every active club in the competition except against his current club Wellington
- Johan Absalonsen became just the third Danish player to score in the A-League
- The Phoenix win their first point in Round 1 for the first time in five seasons
Marcos Flores never reached the same heights that saw him win the Johnny Warren Medal for Adelaide in 2010-11. He netted nine in that season including a hat-trick in an 8-1 victory over North Queensland. Much was expected from the Argentinian A-League sensation when he returned from China for Melbourne Victory in 2012 but injuries and poor form prevented this. He netted four times for the Victory, before moving to the Central Coast in 2013-14 when he scored three times, before moving up the road to Newcastle in the 2014-15 season when he scored on occasion.
The least prominent player on the list Dylan Macallister never found a rich vein of form in the A-League, he scored 16 goals in 94 matches during his six-year stint in the A-League between 2008-2014. He was however the first player to score for four different clubs, he scored five for the Mariners between 2008-10, seven for Wellington in the 2010-11 season, three for Gold Coast in 2011-12, and scored on his debut for the then Melbourne Heart in 2012-13 but failed to score in his other 20 appearances.
Kickscribe Player Ratings
-3 Ben Garuccio
-2 Matthew Ridenton
-1 Ersan Gulum
Keegan Smith was a surprise name on the team sheet. The 18-year-old became the eighth youngest goalkeeper to debut in the A-League, can you name all of them?