One of Tuggeranong United’s favourite sons has wished his former club the best of luck ahead of their Round of 32 clash against South Hobart.
Canberra born Socceroo and current Melbourne Victory midfielder Carl Valeri played was a Tuggeranong junior and the NPL Capital Football club is proud to call him one of their own.
As Tuggies prepare for their tough trip to face the Victory League leaders in Tasmania this Tuesday night, Valeri has passed on his best and hopes they can make it through to the next round of the competition.
“It’s great. I can’t believe they are playing in the Westfield FFA Cup,” Valeri said.
“Well done to the players, the fans and the entire club.”
Not to focus on what might happen, but if Tuggeranong manage to get past South Hobart, and Melbourne Victory win their Round of 32 match against Western Australian club Bayswater City, there is a chance the sides could be drawn to meet in the Round of 16.
“It’s crazy to think that if Melbourne Victory and Tuggies both win there is an outside chance we may meet in the Round of 16,” Valeri said.
But first things first and for Tuggies that’s about entering foreign surroundings and needing to bring their best football to topple South Hobart.
“To have the whole squad together the night before and the day of the game in Hobart…will be a totally different type of preparation to what we are used to,” Tuggeranong United captain Tim Stewart said.
“Flying to Hobart is going to be a lot different than the five minute drive it takes to get to Kambah 2.”