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Bolt offered deal to play for UCL hopefuls in Malta


Adelaide United coach backs new signing Ken Ilso to solve goal shortage

Players from across the league share their thoughts on Usain Bolt's pursuit of a contract with the Central Coast Mariners.

Adelaide United coach Marco Kurz has said he expects star signing Ken Ilso to help fix the club's lack of goals.

But Kurz added that he felt the 31-year-old Danish attacker had spent too long playing in Malaysia before moving to Adelaide.

Ilso played in Singapore in 2015-16 before spending the past two years in Malaysia.

"He played too long in Malaysia -- in Malaysia he can play with 60 percent," Kurz told reporters on Thursday.

"The players here, the intensity is higher, it's true."

Ilso will make...

Sydney FC wants to hit Adelaide United with early psychological blow - Alex Brosque

Siem de Jong says he will make a decision on his future towards the end of his loan spell with Sydney.

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque wants his side to strike a psychological blow on FFA Cup Final adversary Adelaide United by inflicting a home loss on the Reds in Friday's A-League season opener.

The two clubs will meet at the same Coopers Stadium venue on Oct. 30, when Sydney will endeavour to become the first club to go back-to-back in the FFA Cup.

"Definitely this is is a big game on many fronts," Brosque said.

"This is round one, you want to start the season off well, you want to get the three...

Keisuke Honda set for A-League derby debut with Melbourne Victory

Melbourne Victory signing Keisuke Honda is excited for the challenge of Australia's physically demanding brand of football.

Superstar import Keisuke Honda is both supremely ready for Saturday's Melbourne derby and unprepared for the occasion. Honda's first taste of the A-League will come in one of the biggest dates in Melbourne Victory's calendar, a home clash against Melbourne City with a crowd of at least 40,000 expected at Marvel Stadium.

The seasoned international is delighted to be just days away from game time after the longest preseason of his career, confident a return to playing since his World Cup exertions...

Melbourne City start new chapter in A-League derby

Melbourne City are ready to tell each other the hard truths needed for success this A-League season, led by plain-talking skipper Scott Jamieson. The full-back will lead City out on Saturday night at Marvel Stadium against Melbourne Victory in a blockbuster derby to kick off their campaign.

Three semifinal losses in the last four campaigns shows how consistent the expansion side has been in recent years -- yet success has been elusive. Last April, Riley McGree's wonder scorpion kick goal sunk City...

Usain Bolt turns down two-year contract with Valletta FC

The ESPN FC crew discuss whether or not Usain Bolt should accept the offer from Champions League-chasing Valletta FC.
Players from across the league share their thoughts on Usain Bolt's pursuit of a contract with the Central Coast Mariners.
Usain Bolt reviews his two-goal performance in a friendly win for Central Coast Mariners and his progress during his trial.
Usain Bolt scored his first goal for the Central Coast Mariners as he played in an A-League trial game against Macarther South West United and celebrated with his trademark celebration.
Usain Bolt scored his first goal for Central Coast Mariners as he played in an A-League trial game against Macarthur South West United and showed his trademark celebration.

Usain Bolt has turned down Valletta FC's two-year offer after deciding against a move to Malta.

The eight-time Olympic track gold medallist remains in Australia on trial for the Central Coast Mariners in the A-League but received an offer earlier in the week to play for Valletta FC and spearhead their Champions League aspirations.

But Bolt's agent has confirmed he opted against taking up their offer.

"There is a lot of interest in Usain playing football," Ricky Simms told ESPN. "We regularly receive...