Young Academy Star Matthew Scarcella Gets A-League Chance

Sydney FC has promoted prodigiously talented Academy star Matthew Scarcella into the Sky Blues’ Isuzu-UTE A-League Men’s squad on a two-year scholarship contract.

19-year old attacking midfielder Scarcella has been a regular fixture in the Sydney FC NPL first grade squad this season and twice featured on the A-League bench.

His impressive performances have been rewarded with his first professional contract.

Matthew Scarcella in midfielder action with Sydney FC NPL NSW first grade squad.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity and I’m looking to show what I can do when I get my chance,” he said.

“I’ve put in a lot of hard work to get here and I don’t want to let it go to waste.

“I’m confident I can learn from some of the older boys like Brattan, Caceres and Max Burgess and this will help me step up my game.

Scarcella has impressed while training with Sky Blues A-League Men’s squad.

“I’ve had a good taste of playing with the A-League squad last season and this is the perfect place to develop.

“It’s a bit surreal that I’ve grown up watching some of these players and now I’m getting to train and play with them, but I’m ready to fight for a place.”

Scarcella is one of nine current players in Sydney FC’s A-League Men’s squad who have developed through the club’s Youth and Academy teams.

Scarcella’s performances have helped lift the Sydney FC squad to fourth in the NPL NSW Premier League this season.

Having being called into Steve Corica’s squad a number of times last season, the Sydney FC Head Coach is pleased to be adding Scarcella to the full-time professional roster.

“Matthew has looked very impressive in training and he is one of a good crop of young talent we are developing,” said Corica.

“He can play anywhere in midfield, he is a very good ball player and is energetic.

“He has been doing a great job in the NPL and this is the next step up for him.

“The more time our best young Academy players spend in the A-League environment the more they mature, and I expect they will soon form an integral part of our squad.”

Scarcella is the first of a number of Sydney FC Academy graduates expected to join the Sky Blues’ A-League Men’s 2023-24 squad.