Adelaide will pick up a $1.6m pay check which will push them to the top of the A-League sustainability stakes. Plus they will now have massive recruiting power for foreign players (happy to accept the lower salary capped pay today for longer term opportunities). Particularly those wanting a shop front into Asia. That they are not in this seasons championship should matter for little.
Look at the Adelaide team structure - all physicality, something the Asians could not match the 2nd time around. Further, Sasa Og's move is totally vindicated, and despite his poor behaviour, he looks the hero. It is a lesson for his former bosses who worried about him picking on the little ones. Can they learn from this?
This club has shown other A-League clubs the power of ruthlessness at all levels. They are very prepared to ditch poor performers, perhaps even before their contracts are up.
There is no sentimentality. No dud hires. Don't be surprised if their under-performing marque Agostino gets a gentle shove. Clearly Adelaide has been building to this achievement from day one. Well from the NSL days - but they did fantastic recruitment for season one and few have caught up.
And of the match, could have been 3-0 but for open goal air-swings from Travis Dodd and Agostino. Took about the only threatening Adelaide play of the 2nd half for Cornthwaith to head in a nice cross from Cristiano on 72 minutes. The Antler keeper escaped a bullet in the last seconds as he handballed - outside his box - out of Christiano's path for only a yellow. No matter.
The real shame is the lack of a substantial fan base for Adelaide. Few Australian youngsters will even have known that this match was on, or what it should mean for football here. Few will hear of it tomorrow. And the result, the cash and the reputation will lockout the growth markets.
As noted before, the A-League set-up favours the small teams and low growth potential markets.