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Adelaide United 2018/19 season review

Adelaide United had a rollercoaster of a season, and Kurt Caddy has reviewed the season that was, and looked ahead to the new campaign.

PHOTO: A-League

The Reds had a great 2018/19 season, finishing fourth on the table.

The finals series was challenging for the Reds, however, they managed to pass Melbourne City in the first final winning 1 – 0 with a goal from Ben Halloran in the 119th minute.

The momentum continued with a challenging opponent in Perth Glory.

The Reds battled hard and showed courage with a ‘never give up attitude’ finishing regular time at 2 – 2 both sides scored one goal each during extra time.

The game went to penalties and the Reds went down 4-5.

So what do we think of the season?

Fans: The Reds had a rollercoaster start to the season with inconsistency across the board.

They managed to find their feet and were viewed as a dangerous side.

United fans would be very happy with how their team played when it mattered (during the end of the season).

However, they’re also still waiting to hold up the silverware and this year seemed to be their year of competitiveness. Will next season be there’s?   

What I think: Yet again, Adelaide failed to show consistency when it mattered against sides that should have been a shoo-in.

One thing is for sure, is that Adelaide needs to show its fans that it is finals material, and that the silverware will be theirs next season.

The Hot: The best players were clear from the onset of the season.

Craig Goodwin again showed his class this season and are getting the fans on their feet whenever he as the ball – his leadership is always present but his class is always more.

Unfortunately, United need to show the next step in or else Goodwin may find his way out of the club.

Craig Goodwin had an outstanding year for the Reds. PHOTO: Adelaide United

Nikola Mileusnic, what a player. He has become a fan favourite and is an excitement machine.

He had an outstanding year, I’m sure fans and critics can all agree on it.

Marco Kurz, yes he is the coach, but on the sideline his energy was amazing his game plan did show the ability he had to coach the Reds to trophies.

The Cold: Jordan Elsey with his experience and his past performances he struggled to lift his side when it needed an experienced player to stand up.

Adelaide fans would be hoping that next season he will be ready.

Will he be the reason Adelaide hold up the silverware next year?

I hate to say it, but Isaias really struggled to bring the wow factor that he has always brought in the past seasons.

The ins and outs for season 2019/20 so far:

In:

None

Out:

Isaias (released): This is sad for all Adelaide fans, he was a fan favourite and he will always be part of the Reds’ family.

Scott Galloway (Melbourne City) This is a big loss for Adelaide United, a fantastic player.

Baba Diawara (released) I think Adelaide released him too quickly, he was injury stricken and he started to make a big difference on the game (especially during the second half of the season).

Marco Kurz (contract not renewed): This is a big loss for Adelaide, a great coach that will no doubt be missed, a strange decision by the United board.

Meet the new coach!

Gertjan Verbeek: Coached VFL Bochum from 2014-17 and FC Twente 2017-18.

Adelaide United’s new coach, Gertjan Verbeek. PHOTO: Fox Sports

He is known for his passion for the game and for his attacking mind set with a known starting formation 4-4-2.

Adelaide fans should be really excited for his signing.

My early prediction: Adelaide will be competitive no doubt. With a new coach in Verbeek I expect a lot of attacking game play. However they have lost experience and may lose Goodwin with international duties with how he is playing:

Table finishing: Fifth.

Finals finish: Semi finals   

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Kurt was born in enemy territory in a small Victoria mining town in Wonthaggi. He has played many sports including cricket and football. He currently plays senior cricket at his local club and umpires football in his region. Kurt is also a volunteer firefighter and loves his AFL, A-League and tennis, but is a mad cricket supporter.