Sydney FC have confirmed two pre-season friendlies as Head Coach Graham Arnold’s squad prepare for their Hyundai A-League Premiership and Championship defence in season 2017/18.
The first of the two games will see the Sky Blues contest the third annual Johnny Warren Community Challenge against Earlwood Wanderers at Leichhardt Oval on Wednesday 19 July (kick off 7:30pm).
In the corresponding fixture last July, Head Coach Graham Arnold’s charges romped to an emphatic 12-0 victory, setting the tone for the season ahead.
The second clash sees Sydney FC contest their oldest annual pre-season fixture, travelling to Campbelltown Stadium to face the Macarthur Rams on Tuesday 25 July (kick off 7:30pm).
The Sky Blues and the Rams have met every pre-season since 2009, providing ample match fitness for the Hyundai A-League stars while also giving a number of the Sky Blues younger charges a chance to impress in front of the coaching staff.
Sydney FC Head Coach Graham Arnold said the encounters would be the perfect preparation for his squad with a Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 encounter looming at the start of August against Darwin Rovers.
“These matches are a great way to get minutes into the boys legs at this early stage of the year,” Arnold said.
“We always thoroughly enjoy the hospitality of both Earlwood Wanderers and Macarthur Rams and I thank the two teams for accommodating us.
“I’m looking forward to the challenges ahead and I can’t wait to get started.”
The Sky Blues two pre-season fixtures are preceded by next Thursday’s highly anticipated encounter at ANZ Stadium against English Premier League giants Arsenal FC (kick off 7:30pm), and lead into August’s Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32 clash away against Darwin Rovers (kick off 7:30pm).
Sydney FC’s Pre-Season Fixtures:
Thursday 13 July v Arsenal FC at ANZ Stadium. (Friendly)
Wednesday 19 July v Earlwood Wanderers at Leichhardt Oval. (Friendly)*
Tuesday 25 July v Macarthur Rams at Campbelltown Stadium. (Friendly)*
Wednesday 2 August v Darwin Rovers FC at Darwin Football Stadium. (Westfield FFA Cup Round of 32)
*Ticketing and entry information to follow in the coming days.
Sydney FC take on Arsenal FC on Thursday 13th July at 8pm – for tickets click here.