BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, April 6, 2012
Everything will be on the line for Alex Smith and Wellington Phoenix when they face Perth Glory on Saturday in a single game elimination in the second round of the A-League Final Stage.
Last week Wellington Phoenix advanced out of the first round with an epic and enthralling 3-2 win over Sydney FC. Now they will have to face Perth Glory who easily defeated Melbourne Heat 3-0 in their first round matchup.
Former Southern Methodist University star Alex Smith has either started or been the first option off the bench in recent weeks. He will likely see significant minutes on Saturday.
Perth have been exceptional in the second half of the A-League season. Since December, 31 they have lost just three times in 16 games.
Wellington have had a surprisingly strong season but did not finish the season strong with a draw and two losses in their last three games.
The game will be played at Perth's Nib Stadium and Perth defeated Wellington in two out of the three matchups this season.
Wellington will be without Lucas Pantelis due to a knee injury.
Perth, however, will be missing Evan Berger and Chris Coyne.