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David Carney and Sydney FC won the 2017 A-League Grand Final

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And they won the A-League regular season title too.

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There were two Australians in the starting lineup on the night the New York Red Bulls clinched their first-ever trophy. Against Chicago Fire on October 27, 2013, Tim Cahill and David Carney helped guide RBNY to a 5-2 win and the Supporters' Shield. They are, per MetroFanatic.com, the only two Australians to have played for RBNY (or MetroStars).

Cahill was the team's top-scorer and MVP that season. Carney was a late-season arrival who stepped in to hold down the left back spot after an injury to Roy MillerAn experienced and well-traveled player, Carney provided a total of nine games to RBNY's cause in 2013, saw the team to the first significant silverware in its history, and was gone shortly after the season ended.

Carney returned to Australia and landed with Newcastle Jets in A-League. Cahill landed in A-League this season, joining NYC FC's sibling club Melbourne City. Cahill scored the winner in Melbourne's FFA Cup victory in November, beating a Sydney FC side that included Carney (who subbed in to the final after Cahill had been subbed out).

The Cup win was Melbourne City's first-ever major silverware, but Sydney FC has been the dominant team in Australian club soccer this season. In addition to making the Cup final, Sydney won the A-League regular season title and on May 7 it won the A-League Grand Final.

In A-League's Championship game, Carney was instrumental in preventing another 1-0 loss for Sydney to a Melbourne club in a big final. He subbed in to the game in the 59th minute with his team trailing since the 20th to a Besart Berisha goal. In the 69th minute, Rhyan Grant tapped in the rebound after a Carney shot was tipped on to the post by Victory 'keeper Lawrence Thomas.

Level after 90 minutes and extra time, the teams went to penalties. Alex Wilkinson missed Sydney's second kick, but Carney made the third and 'keeper Danny Vukovic saved two of Melbourne's. Sydney won the shoot-out, 4-2.

The result gave Carney and Sydney their second major title of the season. Add those to Cahill's FFA Cup: the only Australians ever to play for RBNY won all the major Australian soccer trophies this season.