Originally Posted by MoFF
I'm sure it's because Sydney got their asses into gear whereas Melbourne did not.
Melbourne Victory are leading the way both on and off the park - solid recruitments strengthening the squad, trip to China to promote the club and sponsorship prospects.
Sydney definitely do not deserve this game over Melbourne: crowds averaging 13k [compared with Melbourne's 30k+] with all sorts of administrative problems towards the end of the season. MV were in preliminary discussions about hosting the match but for whatever reason the FFA decided that Sydney needed this exhibition match and allegedly 'took over negotiations' [MV CEO Geoff Miles on SEN earlier this evening].
What I'm bitter about is Sydney FC chief executive George Perry saying that Beckham's LA Galaxy will play "the best club in the country".
Had this match been held in Melbourne, Victory fans would go to support their team, whereas Sydney FC need such glamour as Beckham to sell tickets. Sydney could not fill a Telstra Stadium to capacity during the recent rematch against rivals Uruguay - minus the interstate fans/ Green&Gold Army who would ordinarily attend Socceroo matches - chances are they will not be able to draw a decent crowd against Beckham et. al, on a Tuesday night.
Anyways - instead of being sour on this matter, look beyond the domestic rivalries and see this as an achievement for the game in this country; hopefully this game will attract decent atmospheres/crowd figures which Sydney FC's Asian Champions League campaign failed to generate. Meanwhile, Mr. Lowy and the FFA will pin their hopes on Beckham not injuring himself within the next 3 months, which could effectively mean no game.
So please - Sataris and ajay - get your friends & families to attend the match so as to not cost the other A-League clubs money since the FFA needed to underwrite the game!
and for all my beloved Melbournians - MV CEO says the Victory are now concentrating on a luring a big European club to play in Melbourne next winter: "We have had a number of inquires from agents and clubs in Europe."