Wanderer Ono to face old club in Japan
A-League star Shinji Ono will return to his former club in Japan next month as part of the Western Sydney Wanderers' 13-day pre-season tour of Asia.
The Wanderers on Friday confirmed they will play two matches in Japan - against Ono's old side Shimizu S-Pulse in Shizuoka and J-2 club Tokyo Verdy in the country's capital - plus a third game versus Guangzhou R&F in China.
It will be the Wanderers' first venture into Asia ahead of their debut Champions League campaign next year.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to take a true superstar of Japanese football (Ono) back to play against his old club Shimizu S-Pulse which is sure to delight his legion of fans," Wanderers chairman Lyall Gorman said in a statement.
"However this trip is about more than just one player - it will connect the Wanderers in Asia and expose the Wanderers and A-League to an even larger audience internationally."
The Wanderers, who enjoyed incredible success in their maiden A-League season in 2012/13, will kick off their tour on September 4 against S-Pulse, before a six-day training camp in China's Guangdong province and a game on September 8 against Guangzhou - home of Australia players Eddie Bosnar and Rostyn Griffiths.
They will cap off their tour in Tokyo on September 12.