With a proud history in Australian football, former National Soccer League juggernaut Sydney United 58 will be out to relive some former glories in the FFA Cup 2019.
United, who hail from Edensor Park in Sydney’s west, have been crowned champions of Australia three times and are currently fourth in NPL New South Wales.
And the FFA Cup is a tournament they have a love affair with.
United have only missed the Round of 32 once in the competition’s five-year history (2018), advancing to the Round of 16 on three occasions.
And facing a St George FC side which plays in NPL2 in NSW, another visit to the last 16 of the nation's biggest knockout competition is a distinct possibility.
The club that has helped nurture the likes of Caltex Socceroos greats Graham Arnold, Mark Bosnich, Tim Cahill, Mile Jedinak and Robbie Slater – just to name a few – would love to add the FFA Cup trophy to an already impressive honour roll.
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Competition: National Premier Leagues New South Wales
Home ground: Sydney United Sports Centre, Edensor Park, NSW
Honours: NSW National Premier League Champions 2013, 2016
National Soccer League Premiers 1986, 1996/97, 1998/99
National Soccer League Cup Winners 1987
NSW State League Champions: 1977, 1982, 1983, 2006
NSW State League Premiers: 1977, 1978, 1979, 1981, 1982, 2009, 2013, 2016
Waratah Cup Winners 1995, 1996, 2005, 2015, 2016
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The club has been synonymous with success ever since the Sydney United Football Club was formed in 1958, going through the old NSW Soccer Football Association season undefeated.
They were one of the powerhouses of the old National Soccer League, especially through the late 1980s and 90s, renowned for their scintillating attacking football.
United have remained a success into the NPL years, winning the title in 2013 and 2016, and are well-placed for another assault on the title this year heading into the final few rounds of the season.
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Peter Simonoski has been in sensational touch in front of goal this season, part of a pacy and powerful attack alongside Patrick Antelmi.
Former Central Coast Mariners midfielder Mat Sim is a reliable presence in the middle of the park, where skipper Glen Trifiro and Liam Rose also provide plenty of guile and ammunition for their attacking players.
Young goalkeeper Thomas Manos is maturing every season and is a formidable last line of defence for Miro Vlastelica’s dangerous side.
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Round of 32 Match Details
St George FC v Sydney United 58
Date: Wednesday, 31 July 2019
Venue: Ilinden Sports Centre, Sydney
Kick-off: 7.30pm AEST
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