SYDNEY – Former Japan striker Kazuyoshi Miura was unable to celebrate his debut for Sydney FC with a goal after coming off the bench in the 1-0 win over Queensland Roar in the Australian A-League on Sunday.
The 38-year-old Miura, who has joined Sydney on a short-term loan deal from J. League second-division club Yokohama FC, was unable to make any impact on the game, his only contribution an innocuous free kick that went wide shortly after he came on in the 76th minute.
Former Australia striker David Zdrilic scored his first A-League as Sydney preserved their lead the top of the table. A national icon in his home country, “King Kazu” is set to play three more games in the A-League before returning to Japan to play with Sydney at the Dec. 11-18 FIFA Club World Championship.
A former Asian Player of the Year, Miura learned his trade in Brazil and has played soccer in Italy at Genoa and Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb. He has been capped 91 times for Japan, scoring 56 goals.
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