Steve Corica and Rhyan Grant were proud of the club's 3-0 loss to French colossus Paris Saint Germain, reckoning it bodes positively for the club's 2020 A-League ambitions.
Despite promising moments, Sydney wasted a few clear-cut chances against PSG in their International Super Cup clash in China.
New signing Luke Brattan and Adam Le Fondre went close, while Milos Ninkovic scored on the brink of half-time, but it was disallowed for offside.
“We did hurt them a few times with our penetrating passes and forward runs in behind our defence,” Corica said.
“From my point of view our attack was quite good without scoring goals but we created the chances. I was pleased with that.”
Despite performing as a makeshift centreback, Grant was equally impressed with the occasion, believing the opportunity for Sydney to represent Australia internationally in tournaments such as these is an important one.
“For us players it was a great experience to play against one of the biggest clubs in the world and some of the best players in the world,” he said.
“As a club it’s great to be able to come to a competition like this and put Sydney FC on the world stage and show what we can do.
“We’re Champions from last year so we have the same goal this year to win that and to win the Premiership as well as the FFA Cup which starts next week,” the Caltex Socceroos right-back said.
“We’re a pretty ambitious club and we want to win as many trophies as we can and that doesn’t change this year.”