Bridge among Cosmos selection

23 July 2011 10:33
Manchester City full-back Wayne Bridge has been added to the New York Cosmos squad for Paul Scholes' testimonial at Old Trafford on August 5.[LNB] Although they boast one of the most famous names in US soccer, the Cosmos currently only exist to play exhibition matches as they attempt to secure an MLS franchise.[LNB]Eric Cantona will manage the Cosmos against his old club, which probably would be enough to guarantee a full-house on its own.[LNB]However, a clutch of well-known names will ensure Scholes is given a suitably enthusiastic send-off, with Bridge amongst them as he looks for meaningful match practice.[LNB]The former Chelsea defender has been left in no doubt his opportunities if he remains at Eastlands this season will be few to non-existent and he was left behind when the remainder of City's squad departed for their three-match US tour, which concludes against the LA Galaxy on night.[LNB]On wages estimated at £70,000-a-week, Bridge has so far attracted little interest, although now at least he has been guaranteed one opportunity to show off his talents.[LNB]He will be joined by newly-installed City coaching ambassador Patrick Vieira in a squad that also includes three former Manchester United players in Gary Neville, Nicky Butt and Dwight Yorke.[LNB]Tottenham duo Brad Friedel and Robbie Keane are also included, along with Blackburn right-back Michel Salgado.[LNB]New York Cosmos squad: Brad Friedel, Gary Neville, Wayne Bridge, Patrick Vieira, Fabio Cannavaro, Sol Campbell, Robert Pires, Nicky Butt, Dwight Yorke, Robbie Keane, Michel Salgado, Chad Calderone*, Ibrahim Diaby*, Yanik Reyering*, Stefan Dimitrov*, Dane Murphy*, Marvin Iraheta*, Moriken Sangary*, Brian McBride, Armando Gaitan*, Dawyne Smith*.[LNB]* denotes Cosmos Under-23 player.

Source: Team_Talk