Adelaide United winger Craig Goodwin’s memorable fortnight has just gotten better after an incredible piece of recognition on FIFA 19.
The Reds star’s career-best form has seen the A-League man selected in FIFA 19’s Ultimate Team of the Week – making him the first Aussie this season to join the exclusive list of players from around the world.
The 26-year-old forward has taken the Australian domestic football scene by storm, scoring twice in the Reds’ FFA Cup final victory over Sydney FC, while also nabbing two goals and an assist in the 3-0 league win over Central Coast a few days later.
Goodwin’s in-form player card is 75-rated gold left midfield card – a significant upgrade from his standard 66-rated silver card – and features 82 pace, 77 dribbling, 74 shooting and 72 passing.
His card will be available in the FIFA 19 packs for one week, while the video game’s players can also purchase him in the transfer market for around 10,000 coins.
The former Melbourne City wide man is the first A-League or Australian player to be picked in the heralded weekly squad since FIFA 19’s release in late September.
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Goodwin named in extended Socceroos squad
Socceroos coach Graham Arnold looks set to unleash a new-look attack in this month’s friendly with South Korea, with Jamie Maclaren and Martin Boyle bound for Brisbane as part of a 23-man squad announced on Thursday.
The pair, both based at Scottish club Hibernian with veteran Mark Milligan, are two eye-catching inclusions for the Asian Cup final rematch on November 17.
There’s no room in the 23 for red-hot Adelaide United forward Goodwin, named instead as one of four train-on players to come into contention for the second friendly of the international window; Tim Cahill’s farewell match on November 20 against Lebanon in Sydney.
“He gives us something different as he’s really the only left-footed left winger we have,” Arnold said of Goodwin.
“Craig is a great example of work hard, perform well, play well in the A-League and you’ll get recognised and you’ll get rewarded.
“The message is clear for all the A-League players.
“I’ve been out and watched a lot of A-League games since I’ve been back and I think the standard has been fantastic.
“They will be watched and watched carefully.”
Japan-based forward Andrew Nabbout will also return to the fold after the breakout striker suffered a shoulder dislocation at the World Cup.
“It’s a squad that was pretty hard to pick … the pool is definitely getting deeper and deeper,” Arnold said.
“With limited opportunities and matches to prepare for next year’s AFC Asian Cup it is important that we make the most of every day that we have together.”
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Several players have dropped out of the reckoning from Australia’s most recent friendly, a 4-0 defeat of Kuwait last month.
Brad Jones, Denis Genreau and Apostolos Giannou have missed call-ups; Daniel Arzani is out with a season-ending knee injury and Kenny Dougall is unlikely to make January’s Asian Cup after a serious ankle issue.
Stars Mat Ryan and Aaron Mooy return to the fold after missing the Kuwait win with minor injuries, while Jimmy Jeggo could also debut.
Cahill is the other significant inclusion, who will win his 108th and final cap against Lebanon.
Arnold has left the door open to re-jig his squad for Sydney by inviting four A-League players to train with his squad; Goodwin, Melbourne Victory defender Thomas Deng, World Cup forward Dimi Petratos and in-form Sydney midfielder Rhyan Grant.