Everything happened early as the Wellington Phoenix and Adelaide United drew 1-1 in their season opener at Westpac Stadium.
It’s time to spend the next five months hoping against hope we make the Hyundai A-League grand finals.
This cup final proved New Zealand Football deserves a whole lot more eyes and attention.
It was a match of attacking, intensity and passion. Surprisingly Mexico were pushed all the way, but they ended up breathing a sigh of relief.
We will pray for a result against hosts Russia or North American champs Mexico, while we marvel at the skill of European Champions Portugal.
Now that the 2016-17 A League season has come to a close, we can reflect on yet another disappointing Wellington Phoenix showing.
A poor performance and below average recent attendance numbers have some A-League fans questioning their right to be in the league.
Oh Marco, how you were loved in New Zealand. We gave you your start. We watched you grow.
Ernie Merrick is gone and the A-League has its first managerial casualty of the season, albeit through a shock resignation. The search for an adequate replacement has already begun.
We analyse just how the Wellington Phoenix’s stop-start season meant they never really got going.