Sydney FC CEO Danny Townsend has welcomed the addition of Macarthur FC into the A-League as the Sky Blues relish the prospect of more derbies.
The new season kicks off on December 27, with Macarthur to become the A-League’s 12th teams.
The South Western Sydney-based Macarthur will give NSW five teams in the competition.
There’s little doubt Macarthur, Sydney FC and Western Sydney Wanderers will play each other three times during the 26-round regular season to maximise interest brought on by derbies.
“We’ve been talking through the draw and what it might look like, and it’s exciting to have another team in Sydney that we’re going to able to forge a rivalry with,” Townsend said.
“We’re excited to see what Macarthur do and look forward to playing them.
“Hopefully we get the fixtures we all want.”
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Before Sydney begin the defence of their A-League title, they have AFC Champions League commitments in Doha starting next month.
Depending on how far the Sky Blues advance in the tournament, the start of their A-League campaign could be delayed due to having to serve quarantine periods on their return to Australia.
The same applies to the A-League’s other two representatives in the tournament – Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory.
“We’ve all been keen to lock in some dates. We’re going to obviously need to monitor what’s going on around us with the pandemic particularly as it relates to the Champions League and our passage out of the country and back into the country leading into the start of the new season,” Townsend said.
“At least we’ve got a start date that we can work around.”
Townsend said Sydney’s “winning culture” would aid them in their bid to become the first club to win a hat-trick of A-League titles.
“The opportunity to break ground in areas that have never been done before motivates everyone,’ he said.
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