By Fred Villiers
(Sunday Herald Sun, Sunday 8 October 2000)
Melbourne Knights’ attack will be boosted by the arrival of a Dutch professional forward this season.
Toto Da Costa, 27, will be seen in action against Carlton today in the annual Laurie Schwab memorial match at Knights Stadium, North Sunshine.
Knights coach Vlado Vanis described his recruit as a top player who will be a big surprise this year.
Two others, striker Joe Porter from Adelaide and Joe Kozic from Preston, also will play against the Blues, who were beaten 3-0 by the Knights in their last National Soccer League game.
But in the Cup match at Green Gully three weeks ago, the Knights managed only to draw 1-1 with the Blues.
Blues coach Stuart Munro will drop some experienced players and replace them with five youngsters.
Carlton will be without striker Archie Thompson and defender Simon Colosimo.
Thompson is in Austria on trial with Sturm Graz and Colosimo is on duty with the Socceroos in Dubai.
The memorial match is played in honor of former Melbourne soccer journalist Laurie Schwab, who died suddenly in June 1997, aged 50.
Proceeds from the game go to the Laurie Schwab Foundation to help young people in the pursuit of careers in soccer and journalism.
The Knights youth team will play a Victorian north-eastern region select side coached by Barry Horsfall, a former Knights marketing manager, at 2pm.
Knights Old Boys will meet South Melbourne Legends at 4pm, followed by the memorial match at 6pm.