Elvis Kamsoba found the back of the net, but the dawn of new A-League eras for Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City ended in a 0-0 draw at Marvel Stadium.
With coach Marco Kurz on the touchline for an A-League match for the first time for Victory and Erick Mombaerts likewise for City, both sides had decent chances to claim all three points but had to settle for a share of the spoils in front of 33,523 fans on Saturday night.
Kamsoba looked to have broken through for his maiden A-League goal for the...
After the longest preseason in football, the battle for the Toilet Seat finally returns. The boardroom struggle for control means season 2019-20 is one of transition for the A-League, while a lack of blockbuster signings underlined the more subdued lead-up.
Still, there are plenty of talking points. A new club and another on the way, and coaching changes to rival the player merry-go-round.
Here's all you need to know about every team ahead of Friday night's opener between Adelaide United and Sydney...
Melbourne City youngster Connor Metcalfe has welcomed a push for more young players to feature heavily at A-League level.
Last week, FFA head of leagues Greg O'Rourke said the A-League would look at ways to encourage clubs to provide opportunities to young Australian talent.
Metcalfe, 19, has featured heavily in Melbourne City's preseason and FFA Cup run alongside fellow teenager Ramy Najjarine, and said he hoped to see the league look towards the future more than the past.