SQUAD ANNOUNCEMENT: Melbourne City FC name squad to take on Sydney FC

The 18-man squad includes Spaniard David Villa who will travel to Sydney with the squad.

Villa completed his first session on Monday and trained strongly with the squad this week, putting his hand up for selection this Saturday night against Sydney. Patrick Kisnorbo will lead the side out at Allianz Stadium with the centre-back anointed the Club's captain last Saturday. But Melbourne City FC will be without Jason Hoffman, who will serve a one-match suspension carried over from last season, while Stefan Mauk will miss the opening round clash through Young Socceroo duties.

Connor Chapman, Ben Garuccio and Jonatan Germano remain sidelined with injuries, but new signings Damien Duff, Aaron Mooy and Erik Paartalu have all trained with the squad and provide strength in midfield.

Saturday, 11 October 2014
Sydney FC v Melbourne City FC

Allianz Stadium, Sydney

Kick-off: 7.30pm local (7:30pm AEDT)
Referee: Peter Green

Assistant Referee 1: Allyson Flynn

Assistant Referee 2: Ryan Gallagher

Fourth Official: Chris Young

TV Broadcast: Live and exclusive broadcast on FOX SPORTS 1HD & 1 from 7.00pm (AEDT) and Sky Sport 4 (New Zealand)

Radio Broadcast: 702 ABC Sydney, Local Radio NSW, 774 ABC Melbourne, ABC Local radio Victoria Grandstand Digital, Online/A-League Live Mobile phone app 

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Melbourne City FC Squad:
1. Andrew REDMAYNE (GK)
3. Robbie WIELAERT
5. Erik PAARTALU
6. Aaron MOOY
7. Iain RAMSAY
8. Massimo MURDOCCA
9. David VILLA
10. Robert KOREN
11. Damien DUFF
14. James BROWN
15. David WILLIAMS
18. Paulo RETRE
20. Tando VELAPHI (GK)
22. Nick KALMAR
23. Mate DUGANDZIC
24. Patrick KISNORBO (C)
26. Marco MARINO
27. Ross ARCHIBALD

***two to be omitted***

Ins:
27. Ross ARCHIBALD (promoted – National Youth League)

Outs: Nil

Unavailable:
4. Connor CHAPMAN (glandular fever – ongoing)
13. Jonatan GERMANO (calf - 3-6 weeks)
17. Jason HOFFMAN (suspended – 1 week)
19. Benjamin GARUCCIO (ankles - 3-6 weeks)
21. Stefan MAUK (international duties – Young Socceroos).

Sydney FC squad:
1.Ivan NECEVSKI (GK)
2.Sebastian RYALL
3.Sasa OGNENOVSKI
4.Pedj BOJIC
5.Matthew JURMAN
6.Nikola PETKOVIC
7.Corey GAMEIRO
8.Milos DIMITRIJEVIC
9.Shane SMELTZ
14.Alex BROSQUE (C)
16.Alex GERSBACH
17.Terry ANTONIS
18.Peter TRIANTIS
19.Nick CARLE
20.Vedran JANJETOVIC (GK)
25.Aaron CALVER
28.Max BURGESS
29.George BLACKWOOD.

***two to be omitted***

Ins: Not Applicable

Outs: Not Applicable

Unavailable:
11.Bernie IBINI
12.Hagi GLIGOR
13.Christopher NAUMOFF
21.Mark JANKO
22.Ali ABBAS (all international duty)
23.Rhyan GRANT (knee – indefinite)