Sydney FC face-off with Marconi

It is the preseason game that Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque looks forward to the most.

It is the preseason game that Sydney FC striker Alex Brosque looks forward to the most.

The Hyundai A-League 2010 Champions take on Marconi this Wednesday night (7:30pm kick-off) and the former Stallions star says returning to play against an old club and at its home ground is always special.

In three seasons with Marconi, Brosque developed into one of Australia-s premier talents, twice wining U21 Player of the Year honours and although now opposing the Stallions, the 26-year-old will always have a soft spot for the club.

“I always look forward to this preseason game the most out of any. I love this area and really enjoy returning to play here and against the Stallions,” Brosque said.

“The game is important for our preparation and putting things into place that we have been working on at training. I feel really fit so now it is about working on things and our combinations in a match.

“Marconi Stadium is a very short drive from home but it-s still enough to get me really excited. I am really looking forward to this one.”

So far in preseason 2010/11, the Sky Blues have recorded a 2-1 win over Manly United and 1-0 triumph over the Macarthur Rams and have used the matches to try an assortment of player combinations and trial prospective new players.

Brosque says this hit out is crucial as the Sky Blues are less six weeks away from commencing the defence of their A-League title.

“We are going to play attacking football and Stallions are going well and have scored a lot of goals so this game will be a good chance for the people to see goals,” Brosque said.

“It is important for us to fine tune everything. The season is nearing and our game against Melbourne on August 7 is going to be massive and it-s really important to start the season with a win but you need to be ready for that game.

“That is what the preseason and games like this are for. To get us ready for that opening game.”

The match will also see the return of star young defender Sebastian Ryall who has recovered from wrist surgery in the offseason.

The Sky Blues will again play a number of new faces and emerging talents against the Stallions who currently sit third in the New South Wales Premier League with ten wins, five losses and three draws.

Marconi will be lead by former NSL players Erick Anabalon and Nahuel Arrarte and are coming into the match off a 2-2 draw against Bankstown City on Saturday 26 June with Arrarte and Mitchell Mallia netting goals.

Sydney FC-s next preseason fixture is against Tim Cahill-s Everton at ANZ Stadium on Saturday 10 July (7:30pm kick-off).

Sydney FC v Marconi - Marconi Stadium Wednesday 30th June Players: 6.15pm -7.15pm Kick Off: 7.30pm Adults $10 Concession $5 U16 free

Sydney FC team: Stephan Keller, Hirofuni Moriyasu, Demitri Petratos, Joey Gibbs, Shannon Cole, Antony Golec, Alex Brosque, Terry McFlynn, Nathan Sherlock, Mark Bridge, Ivan Necevski (gk), Scott Jamieson, Sung-Hwan Byun, Sebastian Ryall, Glen Trifiro, Giorgio Sperenza, Joey Gibbs, Blake Powell, Tommy Cirjak, Joel Chianese