It’s all too easy to get bogged down in the daily cycle of negative news and simply use this editorial to have a whinge about something. But it’s refreshing to have something positive to say. This week’s club friendly match between Sydney FC and LA Galaxy was a magnificent spectacle. The event was everything anybody could have hoped for. The crowd of more than 80 000 saw a game with everything, including the David Beckham goal from a free kick towards the end of the first half. The final score of 5 – 3 favouring Sydney FC was a terrific result reflecting the fast moving action of the game. In every sense the night was a magnificent success.
I would guess that among the millions of people who watched the game on television there would be some who would not normally watch a soccer match. It’s not hard to imagine that this one event has done more to promote the image of the game in Australia than any other single factor since the inception of the A-League, which was in itself a great step forward.
It was such a great success, wouldn’t it be a great idea if it could be made an annual event, with other great teams invited from around the world? It’s just an idea, but hasn’t Sydney come a long way since the days when the only game in town was Rugby League?