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Western United has gilt-edged chance to make itself a regional power

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Is the west awake?

It's too early to say yet as far as the A-League's newest club is concerned, but the signs from Western United's first ever competitive match on Thursday night were certainly positive.

The opposition was mediocre - Caroline Springs George Cross play in the third tier of Victorian soccer - so an A-League side containing a former Greek national team captain, a former Italian international striker and some current and ex-Socceroos would be expected to dispose of them at least as easily as the 4-0 scoreline proved.

Western United.Credit:AAP

But the opening game at the Caroline Springs venue where the new club will be based for the next couple of seasons was about far more than just the 90 minutes on the pitch.

It was going to give at least one small piece of evidence to show if there really was sufficient interest in the region to justify the new club having been granted the A-League licence to become the competition's 11th club.

A crowd of more than 3000 people turning up to watch a side in a practice match was certainly a sign that there is plenty of interest in the region.

Yes, it was free to get in, but the attendance certainly exceeded the expectations of the club's marketing and........

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