Two Sky Blues selected in Socceroos U20’s Asian Cup Squad

Subway Young Socceroos’ Head Coach Trevor Morgan has selected a strong 23-player squad to represent Australia at the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™ including two Sydney FC young guns.

Comprising of nineteen locally based players, the Australians will assemble in Tashkent, Uzbekistan from February 20, where they have been drawn in Group B of four groups, alongside IR Iran, Qatar, and Vietnam during the tournament that runs 1 – 18 March, 2023. 

For Sydney FC, Adrian Segecic and Jake Girdwood-Reich have been included in the squad which will challenge for the trophy in Uzbekistan.

Segecic has impressed off the bench this season, scoring his first Isuzu UTE A-League goal in the 3-2 victory over Macarthur. Girdwood-Reich has been a key cog in Steve Corica’s plans this season and has held his own as the defensive midfielder when required.

The Subway Young Socceroos will need to reach the semi finals in Uzbekistan to qualify for the FIFA U-20 World Cup Indonesia 2023™, which would be Australia’s first appearance at this global event since 2013.

Segecic celebrating with fellow Academy Graduate Jaiden Kucharski

Speaking about the squad for the AFC U-20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™, Trevor Morgan said: “We have selected players who are emerging talents in the A-League Men’s competition and overseas leagues that need to be exposed to international tournament conditions, and the AFC U-20 Asian Cup provides up to six games inside 18 days against varied opponents.”

All Subway Young Socceroos’ AFC U20 Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023™ matches will be streamed live and free on 10 Play, with expert commentary by Teo Pellizzeri.

Subway Young Socceroos Match Schedule – AFC Asian Cup Uzbekistan 2023

3.00pm local, 4 March / 9.00pm AEDT, 1 March Australia vs VietnamIstiqlol Stadium, Fergana, Uzbekistan
3.00pm local, 4 March / 9.00pm AEDT, 4 MarchAustralia vs IranIstiqlol Stadium, Fergana, Uzbekistan
3.00pm local, 7 March / 9.00pm AEDT, 7 MarchAustralia vs QatarJAR Stadium, Tashkent, Uzbekistan


Full NamePositionCurrent Club (as at 8 Feb ‘23)Junior Club / Member Federation / Country
Alexander BADOLATOMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers FCSylvania Heights FC / Football New South Wales
Raphael BORGES RODRIGUESAttackerMelbourne City FCWestern Strikers SC / Football South Australia
Rhys BOZINOVSKIMidfielderWestern United FCSpring Hills Stallions FC / Football Victoria
Matthew DENCHDefenderCharlton Athletic FCECU SC / Football West
Chris DONNELLDefenderPerth Glory FCRockingham City FC / Scotland
Jed DREWAttackerMacarthur FCMeltham Athletic FC / England
Joseph FORDEDefenderPerth Glory FCForrestfield United SC / Football West
Jake GIRDWOOD-REICHMidfielderSydney FCSydney Olympic FC / Football New South Wales
Archie GOODWINAttackerNewcastle Jets FCCooks Hill United FC / Northern NSW Football
Alessandro LOPANEMidfielderWestern Sydney Wanderers FCAPIA Leichhardt FC / Football New South Wales
Panashe MADANHADefenderAdelaide United FCAdelaide Olympic FC / Football South Australia
Kaelan MAJEKODUNMIDefenderPerth Glory FCCarramar Cougars Junior FC / Football West
James NIEUWENHUIZENGoalkeeperMelbourne City FCGoulburn Valley Suns FC / Football Victoria
Bernardo OLIVEIRAAttackerAdelaide United FCPort Adelaide SC / Football South Australia
Gabriel POPOVICAttackerNK RudesSydney United 58 FC / Football New South Wales
Joshua RAWLINSDefenderFC UtrechtDianella Junior SC / Football West
Jing REECAttackerAGF AarhusBlacktown Workers FC / Football New South Wales
Alexander ROBINSONGoalkeeperMacarthur FCMt Druitt Town Rangers FC / Football New South Wales
Adrian SEGECICMidfielderSydney FCLidcombe Waratah Junior SC / Football New South Wales
Aidan SIMMONSAttackerWestern Sydney Wanderers FCSt George FA / Football New South Wales
Nectarios TRIANTISDefenderCentral Coast Mariners FCCanterbury Junior FC / Football New South Wales
Jack WARSHAWSKYGoalkeeperWestern Sydney Wanderers FCBuderim Wanderers FC / Football Queensland
Jonny YULLMidfielderAdelaide United FCWest Torrens Birkalla SC / Football South Australia