Mark Bridge

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Mark Bridge
Mark Bridge Football Player For The Western Sydney Wanderers.jpg
Bridge with Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013
Personal information
Full name Mark Robert Bridge
Date of birth (1985-11-07) 7 November 1985 (age 29)
Place of birth Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Playing position Striker / Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Western Sydney Wanderers
Number 19
Youth career
Parramatta Eagles
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2003–2004 Parramatta Power 5 (0)
2005–2008 Newcastle Jets 50 (13)
2008–2012 Sydney FC 80 (17)
2009 Tianjin Teda (loan) 2 (0)
2012– Western Sydney Wanderers 71 (19)
National team
2004–2005 Australia U-20 9 (9)
2006–2008 Australia U-23 23 (3)
2008 Australia 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 May 2015.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mark Bridge (born 7 November 1985 in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian football (soccer) player who plays as a striker for A-League club Western Sydney Wanderers FC.[1] Bridge is the club's highest goal scorer, as well as the scorer of the Wanderers' first ever goal, earning himself the nickname 'King Bridge' among fans. On 18 April 2015 in the 26th round match against Adelaide United Bridge became only the ninth player to reach 200 A-League games.[2]

Club career[edit]

Newcastle Jets[edit]

Bridge joined Newcastle from Parramatta Power in 2005 during the inaugural A-League season. Although it took some time for Bridge to find his feet he was the Jets best player during his second season (2006/07) at the club scoring 8 goals during the season.

Although his third season with the Jets only yielded four goals, his last for the Jets was the most decisive, being the only goal in the 2007–08 A-League Grand Final.[3]

Sydney FC[edit]

As his contract had expired at the Jets, Bridge subsequently left the team and was unveiled as a Sydney FC player on 3 March 2008 alongside Simon Colosimo and John Aloisi.[4] He scored his first goal for Sydney in their 5–2 demolition of Perth at the SFS.

On 11 February 2009, Bridge arrived Kunming, Yunnan province, China, meet with Tianjin TEDA. He signed a four-month loan deal for Chinese Super League club Tianjin Teda FC during the offseason with Sydney FC.[5] However, Tianjin's failure to qualify from the group stage of AFC Champions League meant that he had made the last appearance for the club and would return to Sydney FC at the end of May.

He became the first player to score in two A-League Grand finals with his headed goal against Melbourne Victory in the 09-10 edition, which Sydney went on to win on penalties

Bridge scored the third goal in the 3–2 victory of Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua, during the 2011 Champions League keeping Sydney's chances of progressing through to the next round alive.[6]

Bridge was sent from the field after being given a red card in the opening game of the 2011–12 A-League season against Melbourne Victory, following an altercation in which Bridge struck Victory player Rodrigo Vargas in the throat. The match would finish 0–0.[7]

Bridge asked for and received a mutual termination of his Sydney FC contract on 1 June 2012.[1]

Western Sydney Wanderers FC[edit]

On 30 June 2012 it was officially announced he had joined the newly formed Western Sydney Wanderers club.[8]

On 27 October 2012 Bridge scored the first ever A-League goal for the Western Sydney Wanderers, against Brisbane Roar in the Wanderers fourth game of their inaugural season.

Bridge scored the Wanderers' first ever hattrick in the round 16 6-1 thrashing of Adelaide United in their inaugural season. Bridge was also the Western Sydney Wanderers' top goalscorer for the 2012-13 A-League season with 11 goals. Bridge is also the club's all-time top goalscorer.

International career[edit]

Mark Bridge has played for the Australian U-20 Squad where he made 9 appearances and scored 9 goals. He is currently a member of Australia U-23 national team. He was also called up to Australia senior squad for their Asian Cup qualifiers, in a match against Kuwait on 16 August. He was hoping to be included in the Australia senior squad for the Asian Cup games against Qatar, China and Iraq, but was not selected.

Bridge made his senior international debut against Singapore in a friendly match on March 2008.

Bridge was selected for the 2008 Australian Olympic squad.

A-League statistics[edit]

As of 1 May 2015
Club Season League Cup Asia Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle Jets 2005–06 6 0 1 0 0 0 7 0
2006–07 24 8 4 0 0 0 28 8
2007–08 20 5 2 2 0 0 22 7
Total 50 13 6 2 0 0 56 15
Sydney FC 2008–09 21 4 3 1 0 0 24 5
2009–10 23 9 0 0 23 9
2010–11 18 1 5 1 23 2
2011–12 18 3 0 0 18 3
Total 80 17 3 1 5 1 88 19
Western Sydney Wanderers 2012–13 27 11 0 0 27 11
2013–14 26 5 9 2 35 7
2014–15 18 3 1 0 3 1 22 4
Total 71 19 1 0 12 3 80 22
Career total 201 49 10 3 17 4 224 56

Honours[edit]

With Newcastle Jets:

With Sydney FC:

With Western Sydney Wanderers:

Personal Honours:

References[edit]

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