Hyundai A-League’s Confeds Cup men -Glen Moss (New Zealand)

Glen Moss (New Zealand) – The experienced gloveman had another solid season in the Hyundai A-League. Has moved from Wellington Phoenix to Newcastle Jets for the 2017/18 campaign.

 

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Signing news: Newcastle Jets secure veteran Wellington Phoenix keeper

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ernie Merrick has announced his first signing as coach of Newcastle Jets, securing veteran keeper Glen Moss from Wellington Phoenix on a one-year deal.

Moss spent time playing under Merrick at both Melbourne Victory (2009/10) and Wellington Phoenix (2013/16) and will provide competition for incumbent shot-stopper Jack Duncan.

Earlier in the day, Wellington confirmed that Moss would be leaving the club following 140 appearances across two spells in New Zealand.

As well as featuring for Victory and Phoenix, Moss can count games for both New Zealand Knights and Gold Coast United among the impressive 204 Hyundai A-League appearances that he has made since the competition kicked off in 2005.

The 34-year-old made his New Zealand national team debut in a 1-0 win over Malaysia in 2006, and some 11 years on is still involved with the All Whites.

Moss – who played three matches at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and was a squad member at the 2010 FIFA World Cup – was in the squad for his nation as recently as March as the All Whites defeated Fiji both home and away in 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying.

A busy few months awaits the former Dinamo Bucharest shot-stopper – as well as moving to Australia to join the Jets Moss is odds on to be en route to Russia to represent New Zealand at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup.

Moss said he is excited by the challenges that await him for both Club and country.

“I am rapt to be coming to the Jets,” Moss, who will go into camp with the All Whites in Auckland next week, said.

“It’s a Club that I have always thought quite highly of and always had good battles with in the past when I was with Wellington.”

Glen Moss admits Wellington Phoenix are down in confidence following their loss to Sydney FC.
“I have been at Wellington for five years so changing environments and moving to a Club that will not accept anything less than top results and playing finals football next year is something that has got me naturally excited.”

“After the Confederations Cup in Russia I will come back and get straight into it with the Jets. I find that it’s really good to have these tournaments in the off-season because it keeps me ticking over. I will be able to hit the ground running with the Jets from day one,” he said.New Newcastle coach Merrick believes Moss’s qualities and character will benefit the squad.

“I have coached Glen at two Clubs – Melbourne Victory and Wellington Phoenix – and have found him to be the consummate professional,” Merrick said.

#SYDvWEL - Phoenix have conceded just three goals in their last four A-League games against Sydney, never conceding more than one in a game across that time.

“Glen is extremely capable both technically and physically, and he is a first class character.

“He brings a wealth of Hyundai A-League and international experience to the Jets and we are very fortunate to have his signature,” he concluded.

 

Source : Football Federation Australia

Team of the Week | Round 13

Tuesday, 31 December 2013 10:42 PM

Team of the Week | Round 13

Who were the outstanding performers in Round 13? Find out who made our Team of the Week.

Player of the Week: Dimi Petratos (Brisbane Roar)
Dimi Petratos was a young player with boundless potential at Sydney FC, but after a brief stint overseas he is starting to realise that potential, under the tutelage of Mike Mulvey at Brisbane Roar.

The winger came back to haunt his former side at Allianz Stadium on Boxing Day, scoring a hat-trick as his side ran out 5-2 winners.

His first goal was a penalty, twice taken, in the first half, before he scored a second at the same end of the ground, thrashing in a finish after a beautiful passing move. His third was also a penalty, confidently put into the same corner as his first spot-kick.

Petratos was brought into the side after an indifferent Roar performance the week previous and on this form, he will be very hard to leave out.

Goalkeeper:

Glen Moss (Wellington Phoenix)
New Zealand’s number one keeper is in fine form at the Phoenix and now that his team is scoring, Moss’ heroics are gaining the credit they deserve.

He made one of the all-time great saves as they went down to Central Coast at North Sydney Oval but was finally rewarded in the last two matches, keeping clean sheets against Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart. He made a critical save at the feet of Michael Mifsud in the latter game to preserve his clean-sheet and help his side to a second consecutive win.

Defenders:

Adama Traore (Melbourne Victory)
Traore is a model of consistency at left-back for the Victory and was at his best again against Wanderers.

He was sharp in handling the pace of Kwabena Apiah-Kubio and Tahj Minnecon on the flanks and did his best to offer a threat going forward in what became a thrilling match.

Nikolai Topor-Stanley (Western Sydney Wanderers)
Topor-Stanley is a rock at the heart of the Wanderers defence. Tony Popovic’s side boast the best defence in the league and Topor-Stanley has been in wonderful form alongside firstly Michael Beauchamp and latterly, Matthew Spiranovic.

Topor-Stanley, skipper in the ongoing absence of Beauchamp, was at the top of his game again against Victory and it is this form that will see Wanderers in contention when the whips are cracking.

Michael Thwaite (Perth Glory)
Fresh from signing a new two-year extension at Perth, Thwaite put in a good shift on New Year’s Eve, even though his side went down to a late Michael McGlinchey goal.

Thwaite is the experienced head in a youthful Glory side and particularly in their inexperienced defence. Alongside Jack Clisby, Thwaite has excelled amid the turmoil and his Round 13 performance was no different.

Tarek Elrich (Adelaide United)
Elrich is a no-frills footballer who has been a dependable performer at A-League level for many a season now.

He has found a home at Adelaide and as first choice right back he has excelled in Josep Gombau’s free flowing system.

Elrich was excellent in the physical battle against Newcastle Jets and has proven to be as reliable as ever for Adelaide this season.

Midfielders:

Michael McGlinchey (Central Coast Mariners)
McGlinchey will be a huge loss when he leaves the Mariners to due Vegalta Sendai on loan in the new year.

His quick feet and eye for a goal are a feature of the Mariners’ attacking threat.

His nose for goal was evident again against Perth Glory, as the Central Coast midfielder scored a 97th minute winner.

After Josh Rose’s header hit the post, McGlinchey was the quickest to react to volley past Danny Vukovic.

Guilherme Finkler (Melbourne Victory)
Finkler is the joker in the pack of the Victory squad and he sprinkled stardust all over the Victory v Wanderers match with his late free kick.

His impact of the bench this season has been fantastic and he scored a few precious goals, though none better than the free kick that curled over the wall and into the top corner on the weekend.

Finkle’s creativity is a major asset for Victory and surely it is only a matter of time before he gets a start.

Carlos Hernandez (Wellington Phoenix)
The Costa Rican has returned to the Wellington lineup after he was flown home prior to the match against Central Coast at North Sydney.

Since then, his form has been exemplary, touching the heights of his time at Melbourne Victory.

He pulled the strings with aplomb as Wellington recorded back-to-back wins against Sydney FC and Melbourne Heart and his ability with the ball has been crucial to the goal-scoring form of Stein Huysegems.

Forwards:

Thomas Broich (Brisbane Roar)
Broich is the conductor of the Brisbane Roar orchestra. His ability to cut inside from the left hand side and create opportunities for others is key to Roar’s game plan.

Broich was untouchable on Boxing Day, scoring the equaliser and laying on the pass for Dimi Petratos’ second goal.

Nobody in Sky Blue had an answer for Broich but in fairness to them, in this form, not many do.

Stein Huysegems (Wellington Phoenix)
Huysegems scored the winner for the second week in a row as Wellington beat Melbourne Heart at AAMI Park.

In doing so, Wellington recorded their first ever win in Melbourne.

Huysegems’ reversal in fortunes in front of goal has been key to Wellington’s min-revival and he has been marvelous in feeing off the good form of his club mate Hernandez.

He has shown his class this season and particularly in the past few weeks and is the perfect choice to fill the striker’s role in Round 13’s Team of the Week.

Football Federation Australia

Soccer: All Whites stay well away from the replay

By Daniel Richardson

5:30 AM Tuesday Nov 19, 2013
Shane Smeltz was upbeat about what lies ahead when he spoke after training yesterday. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Shane Smeltz was upbeat about what lies ahead when he spoke after training yesterday. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Playing in the awful 5-1 loss to Mexico was enough for the All Whites. They haven’t watched a replay as they build towards tomorrow’s second leg of their playoff in Wellington.

Last week’s hammering at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City didn’t make pretty viewing and All Whites midfielder Chris James, who scored New Zealand’s only goal with a late left-foot strike, said they did not need to relive it as part of their analysis for the return fixture.

“I don’t need to watch the match, I think there’s a lot of lads who probably think like that as well,” he said. “I think it was very clear for everyone to see what the problems were for us, so going over it and watching it wouldn’t change anything in our heads.

“We know exactly what’s gone wrong and we know how to put that right so that’s the intention of the lads at the moment, to do that in the next game. But also have that positivity that we need to go out and score as many goals as we can.”

Poor marking at set pieces, a lack of composure on the ball and the tendency to defend too deep were all key problems for the All Whites. Changing that in the space of a few days won’t be easy but the All Whites aren’t lacking in confidence.

James, alongside Jeremy Brockie, Shane Smeltz and young defender Storm Roux all fronted the media yesterday and spoke with a notably upbeat demeanour despite their dire situation.

In the past few days, many of the players have noted that “stranger things have happened” in football than the possibility of New Zealand winning 4-0 tomorrow.

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All Whites coach Ricki Herbert has settled on his starting line-up for tomorrow night’s match.

Herbert is set to revert to a straight back four with Storm Roux to debut at right back and Bill Tuiloma to play just his second international at left back.

Game one goal scorer Chris James earns a start alongside Michael McGlinchey in midfield, and with goals needed, Marco Rojas, Shane Smeltz, Kosta Barbarouses and Jeremy Brockie will all start.

(4-4-2): Glen Moss, Storm Roux, Andrew Durante, Tommy Smith (c), Bill Tuiloma, Marco Rojas, Michael McGlinchey, Chris James, Kosta Barbarouses, Jeremy Brockie, Shane Smeltz. – Newstalk Zb

 

The New Zealand Herald