With just one W-League game completed it is too early to be making end of the season predictions. Even so, Western Sydney showed tonight they are going to be a top team this year.
1. New Faces New Team
Western Sydney were on a mission in the off season to revamp their squad. Rightfully so, since the Wanderers finished in last place winning just one game a season ago.
A single game into the new season and the Wanderers have already matched their win total and for the first time in club history they have won their season opener. Perhaps the only similarity from last season to today’s game is that Adelaide was on the losing side to the Wanderers.
Western Sydney also got the win tonight with only three subs on their bench and possible starters unavailable for the match. They also went down 1-0 early in the game, but they looked like the team in control for the majority of the 90 plus minutes.
There were times when Wanderers’ players were not on the same page and you could tell they were still getting to know one another on the field. They will build off of their 2-1 victory and continue to improve.
The Wanderers are already miles ahead of where they were last season. They did not score their first goal until week five last year and this year it took just 44 minutes.
Western Sydney does not look like a team that is going to finish in the basement once again. Their highest W-League finish is sixth from 2012-13 and even that seems like a low mark for this year’s team.
The win might not have been the prettiest win, but they got the job done.
If they are able to learn from tonight’s match and then add the remainder of the their top players it is scary to think what they might accomplish this season.