John Aloisi, Jessica McDonald, Aleksandar Prijovic and Chloe Logarzo are just some of the many international football superstars that are set to descend upon Hobart this weekend.
Over a fantastic Western United double header at North Hobart Oval, fans in Hobart will be in the presence of a host of true international football stars.
John Aloisi will spearhead the list of global superstars, with United’s Isuzu UTE A-League Head Coach needing no introduction to Australian sports fans.
Making 55 appearances for the Socceroos and scoring that penalty against Uruguay, Aloisi had a legendary career with the Australian national team and has brought that success into coaching where he delivered Western United its first Isuzu UTE A-League Championship last season.
Within his ranks, Aloisi will bring the likes of Aleksandar Prijovic, who played at a FIFA World Cup with Serbia, and 17-times capped Italian international and Euro 2012 participant Alessandro Diamanti.
United’s vice-captain, Josh Risdon, played three matches for the Socceroos at the 2018 FIFA World Cup while James Troisi is the owner of one of Australian football’s biggest moments, scoring the winner in the 2015 Asian Cup final on home soil.
Young guns Lachie Wales and Dylan Pierias represented Australia at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, with the former scoring a famous goal against Argentina.
They, along with the likes of Leo Lacroix (Switzerland) and Tongo Doumbia (Mali), will face off against a Sydney FC side also stacked with international experience.
Robert Mak played 73 times for Slovakia while Rhyan Grant and Andrew Redmayne are both multi-capped Socceroos, the latter producing the memorable penalty shootout performance against Peru last year to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Qatar.
On the women’s side, Western United’s line up will feature a plethora of international talent ahead of the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
Matildas stalwart Chloe Logarzo will feature for the Green and Black as well as new signing Angie Beard, who played three times for Australia. Logarzo played and scored at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 2019 and has also played at two Olympic Games events.
Sydney Cummings has represented Guyana, Tyla Jay Vlajnic lines up for Serbia and a number of stars have represented their countries at youth level, including Kahli Johnson for Australia and Hillary Beall for the United States.
But arguably Western United’s biggest international talent is forward Jessica McDonald, who has played 19 times for the United States of America, scoring four goals.
One of those appearances came at the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, which America went on to win in France.
McDonald will be playing her final game for Western United before returning to the United States, making this a must-watch to be able to see the superstar in action one last time.
United will take on Brisbane Roar in the Liberty A-League clash, a side boasting Matildas midfielder Katrina Gorry and striker Larissa Crummer.
Hobart fans will be treated to a smorgasbord of big-name international football talent at North Hobart Oval on Saturday January 21, and registered football participants under 16 years of age can be there for free with the Liberty A-League Pass.