FIRST they satisfied critics by proving they could score goals.
Next, they proved they could win and were developing an army of fans, the Wanderers Warriors, for home games at Parramatta Stadium.
Next, they proved they could come from behind.
Now they've proved they can beat top-class opposition away from home.
The last observation is the most important. They beat the Melbourne Victory 2-1 before 21,638 at AAMI Park on Saturday night, jumping the hosts and moving into second place on the A-League soccer table, just a point behind leaders, the Central Coast Mariners.
It was the Victory's first defeat in 17 matches at home.
Yes, the Western Sydney Wanderers are the Australian sports story of the summer, the team thrown together who have exceeded every expectation under Socceroo player but rookie coach Tony Popovic in their debut season.
The army of Wanderer Warriors should be there early as the Westie team bids for its seventh straight win, against Perth Glory at Parramatta Stadium this Saturday night.
Goals to recently re-signed midfielder Iacopo La Rocca and marquee talisman Shinji Ono 11th and 72nd minutes meant victory against the Victory, for whom Connor Pain scored in the 74th minute.