FOUR Bayswater City Soccer Club stars will line up for WA against two youth teams as part of a Tri Series tournament held in Perth this week.
City winger Bor Bor Sam, defenders David Stokoe and Sam Mitchinson and goal keeper Devon Spence made the 26-man squad.
The WA state team will play the Young Socceroos today at Inglewood Stadium, followed by a match against a Singapore team on August 8 at Dorrien Gardens.
Perth SC coach Ramon Falzon was appointed the WA coach.
City coach Chris Coyne said WA should do well against 18-year-old players.
“The boys have been excellent and deserve their selection on merit but the timing of the games is poor and needs to be looked at by Football West,” he said.
Coyne said midfielder Jason Mirco was unlucky to miss out on state selection.
“Jason Mirco was one that I was surprised with but we have very good players throughout our team so it is the coaches’ discretion at the end of the day,” he said.
Football West chief executive James Curtis said the Tri Series would provide valuable training for the visiting teams and another opportunity for WA players to test themselves in a competitive environment.
“It’s a great opportunity for the WA State team to take on some of Australia’s best young talent and, of course, our visitors from Singapore,” he said.
“We’re delighted to be able to play a part in the early stages of preparation for the Young Socceroos, some of whom will also be hoping to be involved in the 2020 Olympic Games.”
The Young Socceroos are beginning to prepare for 2019 FIFA U20 World Cup qualification, while the Singapore team will compete at the Southeast Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur from August 19 to 30.