Sydney FC Captain Alex Brosque has called for a good showing from the Sky Blues faithful on Sunday in order to ensure their first home win of the 2017/18 season at Allianz Stadium.
Brosque said it was the Sky Blues aim to keep their undefeated streak at Allianz Stadium going, a streak that’s last over 500 days, as he set his sights on making the Moore Park venue a fortress during their title defence.
“Last year was incredible going the whole season unbeaten at home and we aim to keep it that way,” Brosque said.
“We want to make Allianz an impossible place for people to come and get points and that starts on Sunday with Wellington and hopefully a nice crowd turns out to make sure that happens.
“Arnie has “Fortress Allianz” written on the board in the dressing room at every home game and it’s very important to make sure when the fans come here that they know we’re going to win.
“It needs to be an intimidating place for teams to come, we aim to keep that run going and we want to make this place a real daunting place to come.
“The pre-season has been quite long so it’s good to just get started again, and the way we got started with the wins in Melbourne is the perfect start,” he continued.
“This will be our first home game come Sunday and it’s a good chance for the fans to show up and get a good crowd here at home and get our first win under our belt at home as well.”
Ahead of the Sky Blues first home clash of the season, Brosque announced his partnership with streetfootballworld’s initiative Common Goal, pledging to donate a portion of his salary to charity.
Brosque said he was pleased to be on board with the initiative, alongside footballing stars such as Manchester United’s Juan Mata, as he targeted making a change throughout the world.
“It’s a fantastic initiative and charity,” Brosque said.
“It’s set up for footballers all around the world to pledge 1% of their salary and the challenge is to get as many players as possible and help underprivileged kids around the world. I’m honestly just happy to be a part of it.
“Common Goal is slowly releasing different players from different parts of the world so I’m the first to join from Australia and that’s hopefully to kick start all other Australian Footballers to get involved as well.
“I heard about it from a good friend of mine, Anne, who works at [Sydney FC Charity Partner] Football United,” he continued.
“I’ve done a lot with her in the past few years and her charity and I’m just happy to be a part of it.
As footballers all around the world we can unite to do something positive like this and make a positive change around the world and that made it easy to be a part of it.”
Sydney FC face Wellington Phoenix at Allianz Stadium in their first home game of the Hyundai A-League 2017/18 season on Sunday (kick off 7pm AEDT). Catch the match live on Fox Sports or follow @SydneyFC on Twitter for updates.
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