Bridge among Cosmos selection
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. 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. Eric Cantona will manage the Cosmos against his old club, which probably would be enough to guarantee a full-house on its own. 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. 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. 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. 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. Tottenham duo Brad Friedel and Robbie Keane are also included, along with Blackburn right-back Michel Salgado. 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*. * denotes Cosmos Under-23 player.
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