WELLINGTON Phoenix FC opens up their new Hyundai A-League season when the club hosts the Central Coast Mariners in a 2008 Pre-Season Cup clash at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.
The Phoenix have recruited well in the off-season with newly-named captain Andrew Durante, Jon McKain, Troy Hearfield, Leilei Gao and former Wellington Olympic star Leo Bertos joining the club.
But the Phoenix face their hardest test of a tough pre-season campaign when they face their bogey team, the Mariners, in their opening 2008 Pre-Season Cup showdown.
Sunday's match at Westpac Stadium kicks off 4pm NZT (2pm AEST). Tickets for the match cost $15 for adults and $5 for children and are available from the Wellington Phoenix FC store on the corner of Cuba and Dixon streets in Wellington city. Tickets will be also available for purchase from the venue from midday on Sunday.
Round one, 2008 Pre-Season Cup
Wellington Phoenix FC v Central Coast Mariners FC
Sunday, 20 July 2008
Westpac Stadium, Wellington
Wellington Phoenix squad: 1. Mark PASTON (gk), 3. Tony LOCHHEAD, 4. Jon McKAIN, 5. Karl DODD, 7. Leo BERTOS, 8, Vaughan COVENY, 9. Shane SMELTZ, 10. Michael FERRANTE, 11. DANIEL, 12. Richard JOHNSON, 13. Troy HEARFIELD, 17. Vince LIA, 20. Glen MOSS (gk), 21. Leilei GAO, 24. Andrew DURANTE (captain).
Central Coast Mariners squad: 2. Andre GUMPRECHT, 5. Bradley PORTER, 7. John HUTCHINSON, 8. Dean HEFFERNAN, 10. Adrian CACERES, 11. Dylan MacALLISTER, 15. Andrew CLARK, 17. Matthew OSMAN, 18. Alex WILKINSON, 20. Danny VUKOVIC (gk), 21. Ahmad ELRICH, 22. Sasho PETROVSKI, 24. David D'APUZZO, 25. Nik MRDJA, 30. Andrew REDMAYNE (gk).