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Opposition Focus: Canterbury United

Words: ACFC Media

Sunday 1 October 2017

Picture: Phototek

GET the lowdown on Sunday's opposition as we continue Auckland City FC's pre-season campaign.

OPPOSITION INFO:
FOUNDED: 2002
NICKNAME: The Dragons
COACH: Willie Gerdsen

MATCH INFO:
DATE: Sunday 1 October 2017
KICK OFF: 12:30pm
VENUE: Auckland Grammar Artificial Pitches
COMPETITION: Pre-season friendly

MATCH STATS:
STIRLING SPORTS PREMIERSHIP 2016/17 SEASON
FINAL POSITION: 6th
PL: 18
W: 6
D: 6
L: 6
GF: 32
GA: 28
PTS: 24
GD: +4

MATCHES VERSUS AUCKLAND CITY FC - 2015-2017
31 January 2015 - Canterbury United 0-1 Auckland City FC
22 February 2015 - Auckland City FC 3-1 Canterbury United
29 November 2015 - Auckland City FC 4-1 Canterbury United
24 February 2016 - Canterbury United 1-3 Auckland City FC
6 March 2016 - Auckland City FC 2-1 Canterbury United - semi-finals
6 November 2016 - Auckland City FC 0-0 Canterbury United
22 January 2017 - Canterbury United 2-2 Auckland City FC

CANTERBURY UNITED DRAGONS COACH WILLY GERDSEN
Willy Gerdsen (to Fairfax 22 September 2017): “Nobody else has a stronger local influence than we have. I'm really proud we have so many local players. Look at the other squads. There are not many locals there. Let's say Hamilton Wanderers, they bring in Papua New Guinea and Auckland players. They are not really locals. It's quite funny. Tasman bring in all these guys from Wairarapa United and an English striker and Southern does the same with out of town players and everyone says 'Hooray, we've got another English guy'. If we do this, we get hammered [by the Christchurch football community], so I don't really see the point."

CONFIRMED CANTERBURY UNITED SQUAD:
Goalkeepers: Coey Turipa, Danny Knight, Lew Gordon

Defenders: Tom Schwarz, Sean Liddicoat, Andreas Wilson, Aaron Spain, Dan Terris, George King, Liam Gerathy, Harrison Bowman, Jacob Richards.

Midfielders: Aaron Clapham, Gary Ogilvie, Cory Mitchell, Juan Chang, Roddy Lockhart, Sebastian Schacht, Seth Clark.

Strikers: Stephen Hoyle, Futa Nakamura, Travis Nicklaw.

NAVY BLUES TEAM NEWS

Enaut Zubikarai, Darren White, Daewook Kim, Mario Bilen, Taku Iwata, Albert Riera, Cam Howieson, Emiliano Tade may be rested for this match with two players promoted from the Junior Navy Blues for today's game.

The squad for today's match will be selected from Connor Tracey, Liam Graham, Harshae Raniga, Marko Dordovic, Alfie Rogers, Dalton Wilkins, Te Atawhai Hudson-Wihongi, Harry Edge , Reid Drake, Fabrizio Tavano, , Kris Bright, Ryan de Vries, Callum McCowatt, Owen Parker Price and Dan Morgan.

FAST FACTS

Gerdsen has signed three foreign players for the forthcoming campaign including Japanese striker Futa Nakamura, 25, and American-born forward Travis Nicklaw, 23, who has gained 21 caps for Guam since 2012. George King, from Maidstone in England, is a defender.

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